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Mental Health & Wellness

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 3:22 PM Comments comments (5)
Mental Health & Wellness

Mental Health has been a hot topic lately in our homes, schools, church, work, etc, and with good reason. Mothers, fathers, siblings, children, teachers, lawmakers,  health care providers....we are all on the same boat, we feel helpless. How do we help? What are the answers? I can promise you one thing, we are not deficient in prozac, zoloft, or xanax. Traditional Healthcare providers are trained to give anti-depressants, and anti-anxiety medications. But do these cure the problem? Do you know that 75% of those people on anti-depressants actually still have periods of depression, so of course we see ads on TV for use of a second anti-depressant for "resistant" depression! So here is where I insert my favorite Dr. Phil quote "So, how's that workin for you?" How is this working for society?

Did you know that every country out there excluding the United States, a health care provider MUST FIRST check for a vitamin B deficiency before prescribing an antidepressant? Did you know that 85% those people DO have a vitamin B deficiency? Why is this not a common practice in the US? Who is in control? I do believe that prescription medications do have a place in health care, but it takes up about 99% now where it should only be used about 5% of the time. We are poisoning ourselves with prescription medications. We need to turn the TV and electronics off and get back in touch with our bodies again. We need sunshine. We need nutritious food. We need sleep. We need exercise. We need fresh air. We need truth.

Sometimes we eat right, but we have methylation problems. That means that we cannot break down and use our vitamins correctly in our liver. OR our gut is imbalanced and not absorbing correctly. OR we don't have enough good minerals in our diet we don't make enough HCL to break our food down into small enough pieces....There are a number of factors here. We can break it down to see what is going on with you for sure.

Another Vitamin deficiency can cause depression. It is Vitamin D. Did you know, that even my patients who work outside and don't use sunscreen have been shown to have a major Vitamin D deficiency? Did you know that even my patients in FLORIDA have Vitamin D deficiency? How is this possible? Well if your liver is not synthesizing your Vitamin D, it will not be absorbed! If you take a supplement by mouth and your small intestine isn't working properly absorbing your vitamins, this can lead to depression! Functional Vitamin D levels should be between 70-100. This is high enough of a level where your thyroid can use it!
Speaking of the thyroid. If you have HypoThyroidism you can/may have depression and or psychosis depending on how high your levels are! If you have HyperThyroidism you can/may have anxiety and psychosis.

Sometimes with mental health issues it is not enough Essential Fatty Acids that is the problem. I know in the 80's everything was fat free this and fat free that! Fat is our friend! We need fat. We need cholesterol. We just need the GOOD Fats in our diet, not the BAD! Essential Fatty Acids coat the neurons in the brain. If we are lacking them our neurons misfire causing mental health issues!

Another common reason for anxiety, insomnia and depression are hormone imbalances. The number one reason a woman ages 20-25 and again ages 45-50 is prescribed an antidepressant, anti-anxiety or sleep aid is due to low Progesterone! Low Progesterone can cause many ugly symptoms such as ovarian cysts, breast cysts, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia and more. This is why women have the baby blues 3 days after giving birth, their Progesterone levels drop. And when women have PostPartum Depression it is because their Progesterone levels stay way too low and don't bounce back. A little Bio-Identical Progesterone will stop symptoms. Men who have symptoms of fatigue, depression, lack of motivation, insomnia, anxiety, muscle loss, loss of morning erection, etc are experiencing low Testosterone levels. They may not be extremely low, but not functional for that person. In Functional Medicine we like to see Testosterone levels 800-1200.

Lets talk about ADHD. Did you know that most patients who have ADHD are too stimulated by electronics? They should not have any electronics in their rooms, not even an alarm clock. They should have a quiet wind down time 1 hour prior to bed. Sometimes they have food allergies, like to Gluten or Dairy. Most of the time they are lacking in B Vitamins, Essential Fatty Acids and their adrenal glands are burned out. Did you know all that Ritalin does is stimulate the adrenal glands? So instead of taking a synthetic medication to stimulate your adrenal glands, you need to heal and support them so they can work on their own!

There are many factors to take into account when someone has depression, anxiety, ADHD, or BiPolar. How may doctors or healthcare practitioners check you for all of this stuff before handing you a script for a medication to CURE it?

Please be careful if trying to cure yourself with vitamins. I am specially trained in nutrition and supplements and know the risks and correct dosages of vitamins and nutrients. This is not meant to diagnose you, it is meant to empower you.
Empower our communities to take action!
We all know of someone whom can benefit from this information. All I ask is for you to share your newly found knowledge. Pass it on. Pay it forward. We are all in this together. If affects us all. Do your part. Educate others. Take the first step today. I pray we are on a path to health and healing and no more blood will be shed, no more tears will fall.




Coriander, A.K.A. Cilantro

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 9:01 AM Comments comments (306)
Coriander is a bright green plant that can be used as an herb or spice.   Coriander leaves are commonly known as cilantro.  The fruit of the plant contains two seeds, which create an excellent spice when dried.  Coriander has been used for at least 7,000 years and often as a digestive aid and stimulant.  Coriander has also been referred to as antidiabetic , anti-inflammatory, antianxiety, antimicrobial and cholesterol lowering. Coriander works to stimulate the conversion of cholesterol to bile acids within the liver, which is likely what reduces cholesterol and improves the digestion of fat.

Coriander is an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron and magnesium.  It is also rich in many vitamins including folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-A, beta carotene, and vitamin-C.  Cilantro is one of the best herbal sources of vitamin K which helps to build bone mass and protect neuronal damage in the brain. (http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/)

Tips
1.     Use cilantro in place of basil to make a pesto. 
2.     Add coriander seeds to a pepper mill for a fun twist to the diner table. 
3.     Add ¼ tsp. ground coriander and 1.2 tsp. cinnamon to decaffeinated black tea. 
4.     Add coriander to pancake and waffle mixes for a unique flavor. 
5.     Make a batch of cilantro chutney using 1 bunch chopped cilantro with ½ cup shredded coconut, 2 T. fresh mint and ½ diced jalapeno pepper.     
(The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, Murray, Michael. Atria Books, New York, New York, 2005.)

The Whole Wheat Truth

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 10:22 AM Comments comments (330)
If you've been suffering from arthritis, gastrointestinal stress, migraines, brain fog, excess weight, osteoporosis, joint pain, acid reflux, IBS, asthma, lethargy, or diabetes, it might be time to point the finger at wheat.  Hybridization of wheat plants in the United States has changed the genetic structure of the wheat plant and varied the gluten structure.  Modern strains of wheat now express a higher quantity of genes for gluten proteins that are associated with celiac disease.  Wheat also contains amylopectin A, a complex carbohydrate that increases blood sugar more than table sugar.  As blood glucose goes up, the greater the insulin level, the more fat is deposited. The amylose in wheat is difficult to digest and often works it's way into the colon, undigested.

"Healthy whole grains" is an oxymoron.  Eliminating gluten from your diet can increase your bone density.  How?  Whole grains like wheat promote an acidic environment in our body.  In order to balance our pH the body releases minerals from the bones to counteract the acidity we've created.  If we eat foods like gluten that promote inflammation in our intestines, our body cannot absorb the vitamins and minerals from our food.  If we continually live in an acidic state our body will continually rob our bones of vitamins and minerals but will be unable to replenish those stores.  Replacing acid promoting foods with lots of greens and colorful vegetable dishes will help balance the pH of your body, reduce inflammation in the gut and allow your body to assume and assimilate the nutrients from your food.


For more on the perils of wheat, check out Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD.


Ginger Cilantro Sauce

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM Comments comments (202)
For thousands of years, ginger has been valued for its aromatic, culinary and medicinal properties, even mentioned in the writings of Confucius.  Ginger helps to promote the elimination of intestinal gas, soothe the intestinal tract, and inhibit anti-inflammatory effects.  Ginger tea is proven to relieve motion sickness better than Dramamine. It can also help relieve anxiety, lower high blood pressure, soothe migraines, relieve arthritis pain, and lower cholesterol levels. 

Try this simple recipe for Ginger Cilantro Sauce 

Reduce ½ cup of orange juice to 2 tablespoons.  Add to blender with ½ cup raw unsalted almond butter, 1 ½ tablespoons of rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons tamari, 1 teaspoon cane sugar, ½ teaspoon chili paste, 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, and 2-3 tablespoons of minced ginger.   Transfer to bowl and fold in ¼ cup of chopped mint leaves and ¼ cup of chopped cilantro.

Sauté your favorite vegetables and brown rice.  Add ginger cilantro sauce to warm through.  Plate and garnish with slivered almonds and a sprig of cilantro.

References: 
Murray, Michael.The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. (2005) New York: Atria Books.
Bauman, Ed. Flavors of Health. (2012) Penngrove, CA: Bauman College Press.