Posts

Are Retroviruses a Main Cause of Breast Cancer?

While many think that genetics are the main cause of breast cancer, only about 1 in 10 cases are caused by a genetic link. So if genetics aren’t the prevalent cause of breast cancer, what is?

Since the 1930s, there has been a stream of studies surrounding retroviruses and their link to human cancers.  Simply put, retroviruses invade the host DNA and disrupt genes that control cell division, which in turn can cause cancer. When it comes to breast cancer there has been some promising research that shows a connection. In fact, throughout the years well-known researchers have explored the possible link between breast cancer and a retrovirus known as the mammary tumor virus (MMTV). In two prominent studies, researchers found the MMTV retrovirus present in breast tumors and cells.

So what can you do to protect yourself from retroviruses?  Olive leaf extract has been found to be a wonderful healing remedy for retroviruses due to its antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiparasiti and antioxidant properties. Also, the X-40 Kit was specifically designed by the legendary healer, Hanna Kroeger, to combat retroviruses. It also helps prevent fatigue and lift brain fog and is a great tool to promote overall wellness.

Easy Summer Cleansing Tips

OK, this time you swore that you weren’t going to do it, but between the weekend parties and restaurant outings you ate, ate and ate some more. No worries! Even if you’re feeling as heavy as a bowling ball, here are some easy cleansing recipes and tips to make you feel light on your feet again.

Simple as Soup

Incorporating soup into your diet after overeating may be just what your body needs. Try making a huge pot of this light, but nourishing vegetable soup and eating it throughout the week.

Super Veggie and Tofu Soup
Serves 8

1 package tofu, firm, cubed
1 Tbsp. hot sauce (Use your favorite)
2 Tbsp. canola oil
2 Tbsp. parsley
1 bay leaf
1 pinch thyme
1 can vegetable stock
3 Tbsp. flour
1 package pearl onions, peeled
1 bunch organic carrots, peeled, chopped
1 tomato, peeled, chopped
4 medium size red potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup green beans
1 cup yellow squash, sliced
1 cup zucchini, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh parsley and parmesan cheese for garnish

Brown tofu in oil and hot sauce over medium heat in large deep pan. Remove from pan and set aside. Add 9 cups of water, spices and vegetable stock and then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to med-low and cook with lid slightly cracked for 1 hour. Mix flour and 1 cup water by shaking in a closed container and add to the stew. Stir in flour mixture well and then add vegetables and cook covered on med-low for about an hour, or until vegetables are tender, but not mushy. In the last 15 minutes add the tofu back in. Stir in more water if the stew gets too thick for your liking. Add fresh cracked pepper and salt to taste. Garnish with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese.

Make my Clay
Who would have thought that clay can be good for you? Sold in natural health stores, liquid clay or Bentonite, as it’s more commonly known, features an absorbent action that allows it to bind to non-nutritive substances such as herbicides and other potentially harmful waste so that yucky stuff can be expelled from the body. Not for everyone, especially those with intestinal issues, make sure to consult your health care practitioner before using it to cleanse your system. Our favorite brand is Sonne’s No. 7. Use in conjunction with Psyllium Seed to intensify the cleansing effect.

Use Positive Thinking to Heal

When it comes to illness, sometimes people equate positive thinking to “praying to be healed,” but using positive thinking to feel better doesn’t have to be a religious experience. We were inspired to write this post after reading a comment from a reader who claimed that prayer and positive thinking does not contribute to healing. However, it has been scientifically proven otherwise. Let us explain.

First we need to make a distinction between “prayer” and “religion.”  Religion is something people believe, prayer is something that people do. And no matter what your religion (or even if you don’t have one) all prayer consists of the same underlying components. When someone prays, they are reaching within themselves and focusing positive intentions to come their way. Sometimes this means praying to a religious figure, sometimes this means praying for strength from within. But no matter how one prays or how their prayer is directed, the focus remains on a positive outcome.

Thus at the heart of every prayer is a positive thought, or a request for something good to happen. And when you focus positive thoughts toward healing—whether in a prayer, mantra, meditation or any other positive thought form— it can make a big difference. In fact studies show that positive thinking can have the same benefits as painkillers and can help fight disease. Best of all, positive thinking and prayer is free, easy to do and doesn’t require a prescription.

So why not give it a try? If you are wondering how to develop more positive thoughts check out the amazing book, The Power of Positive Thinking. With this book you can learn how to focus your thoughts more effectively. Basically the entire premise of the book is that every moment, day and event starts with an intention and if we are conscious of our thoughts we can learn how to best direct our energy. Aaaahhhh, we feel better already!

Only 13 Percent of Kids Get Enough Veggies!

Boil, steam, sauté and salad. That’s pretty much summarizes how most of us prepare and consume our veggies. So it’s really no wonder that often times veggies are thought of as a little bit of a bore. Probably that’s why lots of us don’t get nearly enough. Surveys from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that only 27 percent of adults eat the recommended three servings of veggies per day. Oh and it’s even worse for high school students — only 13 percent of our youth are reaching the goal for vegetable consumption each day.

But, thankfully with the rise of the raw food movement, more people are saying “hello” to beautiful broccoli and savory squash by simply learning how to make vegetables more interesting and appealing. Not only that, but eating raw foods preserves valuable nutrients that are missing from most Western diets. So how does one learn more about raw food preparation? Check out the number of wonderful raw food cookbooks available today that boast a bevy of beautiful flavors.

One of our favorite raw food cookbooks is Living Raw Food by Sarma Melngailis. The recipes are from the legendary  Pure Food and Wine restaurant and represent a mixture of delicious gourmet and everyday options. We recommend that you start with the salads—so amazing and easy, even your kids will ask for seconds. Also, make sure to check out Sarma’s amazing Web site oneluckyduck.com to find a number of veggie and raw food friend products. By discovering just a few veggie friendly recipes you like, you can take one step closer to better health. And once you master some new healthy recipes, make sure to tell us when we can come over for dinner!

Vitamin D3 Key to Fighting Cancer?

A landmark study conducted by Creighton University School of Medicine found that one singular vitamin may be a key to preventing cancer. The four-year study, conducted between 2000 and 2005, followed 1,179 healthy postmenopausal women from rural eastern Nebraska.

The study found that participants who took calcium and a large dose of vitamin D3—nearly three times the US government’s Recommended Daily Amount (RDA)—showed an amazing 60 percent (yes 60%!) reduction in cancer risk compared to women who did not take the vitamin.

“The findings are very exciting. They confirm what a number of vitamin D proponents have suspected for some time but that, until now, have not been substantiated through clinical trial,” said principal investigator Joan Lappe, Ph.D., R.N., Creighton professor of medicine. “Vitamin D is a critical tool in fighting cancer as well as many other diseases.”

Additional research is needed to further substantiate the findings and determine if the positive results apply to other demographics.

You can read more about the study here.

You can learn more about Vitamin D3 including how to purchase here.

French Fries Can Cause ADHD

Recently a landmark study was released that links pesticides to ADHD in children. In the study, performed by the Journal of Pediatrics, more than 1,000 kids were tested and of those 119 had ADHD. The children that had ADHD were found to have high levels of pesticides in their systems, particularly organophosphates, which were first developed for chemical warfare.

So what does this mean? Obviously, we need to be more mindful of pesticides and how these common chemicals affect our health. But, more so than that, we need to look at our exposure to ALL toxins and how this exposure might be affecting us and our children. In the case of ADHD, there are many potential factors that may be causing the symptoms related to this condition.

Specifically, many of us eat highly dangerous toxins every single day and don’t even know it. These toxins are additives and preservatives called excitotoxins, which can cause a host of problems including  headaches, nerve problems, anxiety,  hyperactivity, depression, mental illness, seizures and brain damage. Check out this amazing book, Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills, to find out the truth about the dangers of common preservatives and food additives. What you’ll find is that there is concrete scientific evidence against common substances like MSG found in a variety of foods (not just Chinese Food!!). These harmful substances are put into food to make it taste better and represent a billion dollar business. The problem is that they are also making us sick.

The good news is that we can do something about this by choosing foods that are free of these common chemicals. Check the labels of foods and stay away from packaged foods that contain an abundance of chemicals. Also, be careful because seemingly harmless ingredients such as “enzymes,” “hydrolyzed vegetable protein,” “natural flavors” and “spices” are really MSG in disguise! Two of the biggest culprits that you would never suspect are diet foods and Campbell Soups which are loaded with excitotoxins. Also, just because foods are labeled as “natural” or “organic” does not mean that they are safe! Get informed and take control of your health and the health of your family! Try making wholesome meals at home completely from scratch for a month and see how you feel. Our guess is much, much better.

For more information, please read the informative article by our friend Jaime Ann about Treating Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) Naturally.

Homeopathy for Athletes

Whether you’re a professional racer zooming towards the finish line, or an amateur out on a Sunday afternoon, fitness goals remain a huge part of being an athlete at any level.

In order to reach goals, athletes train their bodies through sweat and perseverance and use their minds to focus on what they need to do to reach the next level. But with the majority of athletes who are training hard, injuries are bound to occur—from a simple bruise on up to strains and sprained muscles. Thus the focus shifts from training to healing.

Most often, healing an injury is approached purely from a physical perspective. Injuries are talked about in terms of painkillers, isolation, rest and rehabilitation, but hardly ever do we discuss the intricate relationship between our body’s physical, emotional and mental well being. Enter the practice of homeopathy.

Homeopathy is a form of medicine that takes the relationship between the body and mind and works to strengthen the vitality of the energetic field called “the body” to promote healing of injuries on multiple levels.

The system and practice of homeopathy was discovered by Samuel Hahnemann (1755–1843) and has proved to be an effective form of medicine. Based on the principle of similars, patients take a very diluted-like substance, which produces a similar “vibration” to their illness.

According to The World Health Organization, homeopathy is currently the second most widely used medical modality for primary healthcare in the world, with a whopping 500 million people every year using homeopathic remedies. It’s an inexpensive form of medicine and produces very few side effects.

Dr. Steven Rissman is a naturopathic physician (Naturopath) who uses homeopathic remedies to treat patients at his Denver practice. He believes that homeopathy is effective because it works with the patient by treating the cause of the illness rather than merely treating the symptoms. In terms of common problems that plague athlete’s such as shin splits, knee problems or sudden injuries such as broken bones or torn ligaments, Rissman focuses on a number of areas on top of the injured part of the body.

“It’s important to look at the whole symptom picture including mental symptoms such as memory loss, poor concentration, emotional symptoms such as a restless mind, mood swings and anger along with the physical symptoms to get a complete idea of what needs to be cured,” he says.

Dr. Rissman illustrates the importance of looking beyond just the physical problem as he remembers a cyclist he treated.

“I saw a cyclist with chronic neck problems and she would say, ‘I carry the weight of the world on my shoulders.’ She took on a huge amount of responsibility. It was important [for me] to look at the whole person so I could completely understand the case,” explains Rissman.

By looking at the whole picture, Rissman was able to prescribe a treatment plan that worked on both the mental and physical aspects of her injury. He describes this as a case where “her issues were in her tissues” because her neck problem was a reflection of not only her cycling but also of her feeling of overwhelming responsibility in her life.

Rissman recalls another recurrent injury case in which he helped a patient who suffered from chronic ligament injuries. He helped to prevent future injuries by treating her angry state of mind.

“A further expression of her tenseness and anger was in her ligaments and muscles so she was getting chronic sports injuries,” Rissman explains. He notes that the anger and tenseness caused her body to be rigid, “…so since there was no fluidity she would get an injury.” Thus, he treated her both at the physical level to heal her ligaments as well as the mental level to relax.

Rissman has also seen cases where mental illness drives athletes to push their physical bodies to the limit, which means that the mental problem must be treated to halt the physical punishment they are enduring.
“People who work out excessively I often find have extreme restlessness, a stressor that they are running from, or possibly a body image disorder,” Rissman says. “A history of emotional trauma where they are suppressing emotions so they are exercising pathologically. They need to address something on a deeper level.”

Not only does homeopathy work for recurrent injuries and exercising obsessions, but it also helps with sudden injuries and is an effective preventative tool. Thus, Rissman recommends patient’s to put together a first aid kit of homeopathic medicines geared towards their needs.

Following are some common homeopathic remedies that, according to Dr. Rissman, may prove helpful additions to your updated medicine cabinet.

Arnica—A must for any homeopathic first-aid kit. Useful for any trauma, especially with marked bruising or bruised pain sensation. Used after concussion or in postoperative patients for pain and to promote rapid healing.

Ruta—Mainly useful for horrible stiffness in the muscles and tendons. Injury to tendons, ligaments from strain or twisting of joint. Shin splints. Overuse.

Aconite—Good shock remedy after injury, exposure to cold/wind or accidents. Persons needing this remedy may have a fearful look of panic and a great thirst, often for cold drinks.

Belladonna—Helpful for sudden intense heat due to fever, heat/sun exposure. The patient will have a red, hot face, dilated pupils, cold hands and feet, lack of thirst and an aggravation from sunlight, jarring and motion.

Rhus tox—Helps with acute or chronic rheumatism. Aggravation from cold/wet. One who needs this remedy will be restless. The patient is worse with first motion but better after continued motion. Worse in the morning/on rising. Better after a hot bath or shower. Often left-sided symptoms, especially shoulder pain, bursitis, tendonitis.

Bryonia—This remedy is good for any inflammation that is worsened from the slightest motion or jarring. Distinguishing characteristics of those who need this remedy are an aversion to being disturbed, a desire to be alone and quiet, and thirstlessness.

Hypericum—Good for injuries to nerve-rich areas such as fingertips, toes, genitals, teeth, tongue. Shooting pains. Injury to spine, especially tailbone.

Ledum—Remedy for puncture wounds—nails, barbed-wire, including bites/stings with much swelling.

What to learn more about how homeopathy can help you? Find a Homeopath or Naturopath in your area.

Skin cancer on the rise because of sunscreen?

You might want to think twice before putting on traditional sunscreen this summer. Evidence has been mounting over the years that traditional sunscreen is actually bad for you and can do more harm than good.

The controversy started in 1991 when Professor Johan Moan of the Norwegian Cancer Institute found that melanoma in Norway had increased by 350 percent for men and by 440 percent for women between 1957 to 1984 despite the fact that there had been no change in the ozone layer during that time.  Since that landmark study was released, experts including Drs. Cedric and Frank Garland of the University of California have argued that sunscreen does not prevent skin cancer—but rather can actually cause it.

One of the biggest problems experts have found with chemical sunscreen is that it blocks skin from absorbing essential Vitamin D, a nutrient that the body desperately needs—get this—to help prevent cancer.  Also chemical sunscreens contain an array of artificial fragrances, chemical colors, fillers and stabilizers that are readily absorbed into the skin and can negatively impact the body.

For instance, most chemical sunscreens contain benzphenone, which has demonstrated an ability to increase the production of harmful free radicals and even negatively impact DNA cells. And don’t think that this nasty stuff just passes through your body. A study showed that after individuals applied sunscreen containing 4% benzophenone-3, it was found in their urine five days later.

So what can you do? If you are going out in the sun, opt for a natural sunscreen! Natural Sunscreens utilize high quality all-natural and organic ingredients to offer consumers an effective alternative to chemical sunscreens. Also, talk to your health care professional about the role Vitamin D and Vitamin D3 play in your overall health. This will help you determine whether or not you are getting enough of this powerful nutrient. Want to learn more ways to protect your skin? Check out our favorite natural acne treatments.

Wonderful Mineral Makeup for Winter

The snow is amazing, but the cold winter climate can present challenges when it comes to picking the best makeup. Some of the challenges we’ve come across are finding a makeup that won’t looked caked on the skin or start separating and disappearing. Over the years, we’ve tried lots of brands and have long sought a makeup that will work with us and the environment. Mostly, we’ve felt like the makeup lines we’ve tried were working against the elements and making our skin dryer and more prone to wrinkles.

That’s why we are really excited that we  discovered Mineral Hygienics makeup. Not only is it a great mineral makeup that adheres to skin without clogging pores, it is also one of the purest and long lasting products we’ve tried. We’ve particularly like that it only has 4 ingredients (yes just 4!) and it looks really natural on the skin. Best of all, we like it because it still looks fresh even after a long day in the dry winter climate. Use it in conjunction with these natural acne treatments for a flawless look.

Recently, we had the opportunity to talk about the line on the KRON 4 TV morning show in San Francisco and all the peeps on the show also fell in love with the line and what it has to offer. In fact, there was a bit of a friendly battle for the samples that were left in the studio. Check out Mineral Hygienics for yourself and make sure to check out the true stories from people like us who love the line.