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practical paleo: a customized approach to health and a whole-foods lifestyle

In books, paleo, recipes, step by step how to make ... on July 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm

This title will be released on August 7, 2012. Pre-order now!

Our great-grandmothers didn’t need nutrition lessons—then again, they weren’t forced to wade through aisle after aisle of packaged foods touting outlandish health claims and confusing marketing jargon. Over the last few decades, we’ve forgotten what “real food” is—and we’re left desperately seeking foods that will truly nourish our bodies. We’re disillusioned with the “conventional wisdom” for good reason—it’s gotten us nowhere.

Achieving optimal health without calorie-counting, “diet foods,” or feelings of deprivation has never been easier. Practical Paleo explains why avoiding both processed foods and foods commonly marketed as “healthy”—like grains, legumes, and pasteurized dairy—will improve how you look and feel and lead to lasting weight loss. Even better—you may reduce or completely eliminate symptoms associated with common health conditions!

Practical Paleo is jam-packed with over 100 easy recipes, all with special notes about common food allergens including nightshades and FODMAPs. Meal plans are also included, and are designed specifically to target:
body composition: fat loss & muscle “mass” gain
athletic performance
immune health: autoimmune conditions & compromised immunity (allergies, frequent infections)
blood sugar regulation: diabetes & hypoglycemia
brain health: Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s
Cancer recovery
digestive health: IBS/ IBD/ Crohn’s/ Colitis/ Celiac
headaches & migraines
heart health: cholesterol & blood pressure
hormonal health: PCOS, infertility, endometriosis, ED
joint health: arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Fibromyalgia
mental health: ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression & mood disorders
skin health: acne, eczema, Psoriasis
thyroid health: Hashimotos, Graves

Practical Paleo is THE resource you’ll reach for again and again for information on healthy living, delicious recipes, and easy-to-understand information about how a Paleo lifestyle can help you, your family, and your friends—regardless of their current health status.

This title will be released on August 7, 2012. Pre-order here now! Don’t miss out!!

cure tooth decay:heal and prevent cavities with nutrition

In books on July 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Forget about drilling, filling, and the inevitable billing. Your teeth can heal naturally because they were never designed to decay in the first place! They were designed to remain strong and healthy for your entire life. But the false promises of conventional dentistry have led us down the wrong path, leading to invasive surgical treatments that include fillings, crowns, root canals and dental implants.

Why is our modern society so plagued by tooth decay? Did indigenous people from primitive cultures suffer as we do, with rotting teeth? Knowing the cause of the problem is always the first step in correcting it. Ramiel Nagel, in this book about curing tooth decay, addresses these questions and much more. Ramiel does an excellent job exposing the root of the problem. He explains the difference between true prevention and just temporarily treating the symptoms.

The author is not a doctor or a dentist, but became intensely interested in the subject of curing tooth decay due to his young daughter’s badly decaying teeth. This situation caused him to be fearful and it was this fear and his love for his daughter which motivated him to find a solution to his daughter’s pain and suffering.

I have come to learn through much negative experience with the mainstream medical system, that knowledge acquired through medical school, which is mostly funded by the drug companies and other corporations, is not designed to serve the public’s best interests. It is instead designed for profit. Discouraging natural preventative and curative treatments, while promoting only symptomatic treatments, allows the disease process to progress underneath the surface and provides an avenue for future profits. Ramiel Nagel reveals how this conundrum is especially relevant to modern dental care. I love the following example he uses to illustrate this concept.

“In this example, imagine that a tooth is an orange. Imagine a rotting orange, with a small moldy spot. The moldy spot is equivalent to tooth decay. The equivalent of a dentist placing a dental filling would be removing the moldy spot with a knife and filling the spot with glue. Once the mold is removed, the decay process temporarily slows down. A few more days sitting out, and another moldy spot forms. This is just like how, over time, tooth decay continues to progress even after you get a filling.”

Ramiel travels a bit farther with this comparison, including the root canal procedure. Read the rest of this entry »

if naturopaths are quacks then I must be a duck: allopath vs. naturopath

In books on July 14, 2012 at 11:16 am

An Allopath is a medical doctor, an “M.D.” An Allopath’s extensive training is in cataloging symptoms of illness in order to diagnose diseases, then treating those diseases primarily through surgery, drugs or radiation, ergo the “cut, poison and burn” mentality. MD’s receive very little training about diet and nutrition, as most medical schools do not consider them to be important factors. They often do painful, humiliating and invasive testing procedures like x-rays, MRI’s, biopsies and the like in order to make a diagnosis. Generally speaking (apart from regular physical exams), they wait for you to get sick and then attempt to treat or mitigate the symptoms; in other words reactive medicine. Allopaths generally consider that as long as you’re doing okay in keeping your symptoms in check using medications, that you’re “healthy.” They are addressed as “Dr.(Whomever)” (it amazes me how many people do not even know their doctors’ first names), and the people they treat are referred to as their “patients.”

A Naturopath is a natural medicine doctor, an “N.D.” which stands for “Naturopathic Doctor,” or this week for me, a “C.T.N.” which is a “Certified Traditional Naturopath.” Next week I suppose I might have to be referred to as a “P.W.H.S.F.D.I.A.H.”, or “Person Who Has Some Fairly Decent Ideas About Health”, for all I know. Honestly, this havoc over titles is exhausting! Our training, which is rather extensive, is in general wellness, boosting the immune system to prevent dis-ease, and in finding natural ways without harmful side effects to work with symptoms that have already developed. We use no invasive testing procedures. We try to restore people to a state of glowing, radiant health, and do not consider doing “okay” or being maintained on perpetual drugs as “health.” In contrast to the primarily reactive nature of allopathic medicine, we would define naturopathic medicine as predominantly proactive.

A huge difference between Allopaths and Naturopaths is that Allopaths are trained to fix what’s already broken, while Naturopaths are trained to help prevent it from being broken in the first place: Fixing versus preventing, and treating symptoms versus identifying and addressing the root causes.

Allopaths are also okay with using drugs for maintenance. Naturopaths, however, stress change – the right foods, enough water and exercise, and getting rid of the patterns and habits that caused the symptoms in the first place. Doesn’t taking a pill to relieve a symptom only reinforce the bad habit that caused the problem in the first place? Yes!”

excerpt from “If Naturopaths are “Quacks”… Then I Guess I’m a Duck: Confessions of a Naturopath” by Shauna K Young

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watermelon whole fruit popsicles

In books, casein free, clever ideas, dairy free, desserts, gluten free, recipes, snacks on July 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

You can replace the watermelon puree with honeydew melon or cantaloupe puree.

Use any fresh organic fruit you have on hand.

I like using contrasting colors because it makes the popsicles look so pretty! And don’t forget to use seedless watermelon.

3 cups watermelon puree (about 1/4 to 1/2 a watermelon)
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 peach or nectarine, diced small
handful fresh cherries, pitted and chopped

Recipe and instructions:

Nourishing Meals: Healthy Gluten-Free Recipes for the Whole Family is available for pre-order here. Release date August 20, 2012.

Buy The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook: Whole Foods Recipes for Personal and Planetary Health, Second Edition here

if naturopaths are quacks then I must be a duck

In books on July 10, 2012 at 7:28 am

What is a Naturopath, and what does one actually do? How does a “Traditional” Naturopath differ in philosophy and scope of practice from other types of so called “alternative” practitioners? What can I expect to gain by seeking out and consulting with a practitioner like Shauna? Are my health freedoms and choices in the United States and beyond really under attack? These are just a few of the questions and answers that are addressed by Shauna K. Young, a Certified Traditional Naturopath (CTN) with a PhD in Natural Sciences, in this unconventional and revealing look at a medical art and health option that is being exponentially embraced by the public, and is therefore under increasing scrutiny and literal attack from a number of forces within the government and other medical communities. With the way that the healthcare (or rather “sick-care”) industry functions in this country and elsewhere today, books and other sources of information addressing these issues are vitally important. Even though these works are certainly not fun and sometimes even a trial to read, they are necessary for gathering the kind of information not being readily or voluntarily disseminated by the Allopathic medical and pharmaceutical powers-that-be. This is NOT one of those books…. Just from the lighthearted title alone, it should be easy for the potential reader to anticipate that this is not going to be a “hard” study, or that taking on this book will prove to be one of those tasks you feel you probably should do, but don’t really want to do. Rather than shrink from the label of “Quack” that is so often attributed to anyone who dares to challenge conventional thought or tread outside the confines of the dogmatic and exclusionary medical paradigm, this book embraces it – taking it more as a compliment in being recognized as freshly different from the stagnant norm. While there is undoubtedly a lot of extremely useful and easy to understand healthcare and wellness information in this book, that education is probably not the primary impression the reader will be left with. No, instead this book is purposely conversational in tone to be easily understood. It is presented as more of a memoir and cautionary tale than a medical lecture. This book is like no other – Part informational, part personal memoir, part plea for people to wake up and take charge of and protect their own health freedoms, this book shines always with humor, love, intelligence and passion. It will definitely make you laugh, and maybe cry, but mostly it will make you think. After reading this, hopefully there will be many more people out there who will believe and assert that their own health shouldn’t be up to anyone else, and that they should always defend personal options and choice when it comes to their own bodies. Rather than “live and learn”, this book instead encourages people to “learn and live”!

excerpt from “If Naturopaths are “Quacks”… Then I Guess I’m a Duck: Confessions of a Naturopath” by Shauna K Young

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Read Sean Croxton’s review & rant here:

the importance of zzzzzzzzz …

In books, topics on July 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm

One of the most damaging things you can subject yourself to is sleep deprivation. Sleep is a necessary human physiologic need. Our autonomic or unconscious nervous system, which regulates the metabolic processes, is divided into the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems. During the day, we’re predominantly in the sympathetic when the operational metabolic processes take place. Our nervous system transitions to the parasympathetic mode when we sleep, which activates the repair processes such as making new cells, membranes, tissues, enzymes, hormones, and neurotransmitters, thus it is truly beauty sleep. In addition, allowing your adrenals to replenish reserves lets you wake up with more oomph than what you went to sleep with. Everyone knows how much better they feel physically and mentally after a deep sleep. You’re better equipped to seize the day.

People who avoid sleep are aging faster than they should because they don’t give their bodies, and especially their adrenal glands, a chance to repair. Think of your adrenals as a savings account. You only have what you deposited into them. If you continue to spend adrenal reserves, your adrenals won’t be able to keep up with the demand and your account will dry up, baby.

Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is associated with dreaming, is the time when the brain integrates information taken in during the day and consolidates it into long-term memory. REM sleep occurs about every ninety minutes, and the periods of REM sleep get longer as the night progresses. Between the seventh and eighth hour of sleep is when we can experience a solid hour of REM sleep.

When you don’t sleep enough, your brain carries a backlog of unprocessed information. Your brain simply goes on overload, and you either won’t be able to get to sleep because your brain is frantically processing, processing, processing everything that is backlogged. Or, when you finally do get to sleep, your brain will launch vivid dreams in an attempt to process this stored information. These dreams can wake you up and keep you awake with whirling thoughts.

Accelerated aging is not just the result of factory-food products, diets, and drugs. Lack of sleep is a huge contributing factor. Sleep deprivation weakens the immune system, accelerates tumor growth, accentuates glucose problems, and impairs memory, problem solving, and performance. What sleep deprivation does to your brain is very destructive.

from: Healthy, Sexy, Happy: A Thrilling Journey to the Ultimate You by Nancy Deville