CAN NOURISHING THE BRAIN PREVENT SUICIDE?

September is Suicide Awareness month. The World Health Organization estimates that 800,000 people a year take their own lives. Within this statistic is an increasing trend of suicide among our youth. Why is it that suicide is now the second leading cause of death among our 10 to 24-year-old population? And why is Canada rated third highest among the industrialized nations, for youth suicide? Nothing exudes more joy than a smiling, giggling baby. It is their natural state. How does it happen that they can go from this state of happy bliss to the depths of despair in such a short lifetime? Most children nowadays eat a SAD (Standard American) Diet. Interesting acronym, isn’t it? (SAD is also an acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder). This diet of fast and processed non-foods are primarily carbohydrates and mostly sugar. Soda, candy, pop-tarts, twinkies, cookies, doughnuts, bread, french fries, sugared breakfast cereals, fast foods etc. are produced for profit with no consideration given to their effects on the adolescent brain. These products are nearly devoid of real vitamin B and omega-3 fats –the essential brain foods. And, this diet tips the gut microbiome balance toward carbohydrate-feeding parasites, yeasts, viruses and unhealthy bacteria that influence moods through the gut-brain connection. When the brain is starved of the appropriate fuel it longs for, it becomes understandably nervous, irritable, anxious, depressed and fatigued. What can follow is severe depression, manic depression, paranoiac thinking and an overwhelming fear that something horrible is about to happen. Over time this emotional state grows into morbid fears which can lead to suicide. Oddly, a standard...

For Your Healthy Eating Bucket List

It’s hot weather days!  An ice cream cone sounds like just the thing right about now, doesn’t it?  What if you were to run to the store and get the best bargain bucket of ice cream to indulge in and help you beat this heat?  Quite possibly, in addition to milk or cream and sugar, here is what you might find in your commercial ice cream product: calcium sulfate, polysorbate 80, magnesium hydroxide, xanthan gum, corn syrup solids, potassium sorbate, mono-and diglycerides, guar gum, sodium phosphate, carrageenan, and artificial flavors. These extra ingredients are added for shelf life, consistency, looks, etc., but unfortunately, they have no nutritional value, are a burden to your digestive system, and some may even be toxic. Statistics indicate we North Americans consume an average of 22 lbs of ice cream or frozen desserts per person each year.  For many, this will create a significant strain on their health. It’s always a good idea to read your labels, pay a little extra and buy the frozen dessert product with a short list of ingredients, preferably whole food. If you are intolerant to milk and other dairy products or find that dairy and refined sugar products are inflammatory, why not choose or make frozen desserts that do not contain these offenders? Here are a couple of ideas for super-easy, home made, healthy, dairy-free ice cream-like desserts. Avocado ‘Ice Cream’ Dessert: 3 avocados, ½ cup of honey, ¼ cup of lemon or lime juice. Blend, freeze and Enjoy! Chocolate ‘Ice Cream’ Dessert: 1 tsp vanilla 2 tablespoons of non-dairy, organic, non-gmo milk (hemp, soy, almond) A medjool...

Are these 3 Factors Triggering your Seasonal Allergies?

Do you or your loved ones suffer with hay fever this time of year?  If so, perhaps you can relate to this personal story. For four and half decades of my life, every May and June was miserable. Itchy, swollen eyes and throat, runny nose, congestion, and violent, exhaustive sneezing defined my spring season. Growing up in Kamloops while the sage brush bloomed, and the lilacs blossomed, I wilted. Treatment consisted of prescription and over the counter allergy medicines. In my case, there was little relief with drugs, save an anti-histamine induced stupor.  I remember many vacations spent cocooned in the car while family and friends enjoyed the outdoors. The strange thing is that no matter where in the world we lived, (including Florida, Italy, and several U.S. states), and no matter what type of flora flourished, (from desert to tropical), I still had this persistent and prolonged aggravation every spring. Until… I was seen by a clinician who used an energy-based individualized method of allergy testing.  She found that my immune system was weakened and stressed due to poor digestion, metal toxicity, and an intolerance to wheat, rye and oats. She recommended a personal supplement program which included some specific enzymes and other targeted supplements The following spring was symptom free for me—the first in 45 years!  What a blessed relief and how much I now enjoy springtime! Naturally, you can imagine how this experience would change my previously prescribed viewpoint about allergies as well as reshape my nutrition career. Does this make you wonder about your seasonal allergies?  Could your suffering be optional too?  Is there a...

9 Choices to Radically Improve Your Health

Did you watch some of the Olympics this past month? Weren’t you inspired by the incredible feats of courage and nearly impossible skills the athletes demonstrated? What most impressed me were the stories of those athletes who suffered severe injuries within the past year, yet with determination and very intentional work, they healed themselves in time to make it to the Games in strong enough shape to vie for and even win the gold. Impressive also, was the demonstrably strong influence of the more experienced athletes challenging and inspiring the younger, up and coming competitors to meet their standards and go beyond. Aspiring athletes study and focus on success. They do not consider failure. What if our health care system was to adopt this attitude? Instead of putting our energy into fighting disease, we could focus on winning good health. Mother Theresa summed up this attitude when she refused to participate in an anti-war protest. “Instead” she replied, “when you hold a pro peace rally I will be there.” Twenty years ago the Spontaneous Remission Bibliography Project was put together by the Institute of Noetic Sciences*. The database studied was compiled of more than 3,500 medically reported cases of seemingly incurable diseases that got better – stage 4 cancers that disappeared, HIV, diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, even a gunshot wound to the head – all declared healthy and disease free by ‘unknown causes’ by their doctors. Following on the heels of this project, Dr Kelly Turner, PhD, researcher and author of Radical Remission, Surviving Cancer Against All Odds, spent a decade documenting over 1000 stage 4 cancer...

6 Tools To Kick The Threat of Alzheimers

“Eight men in their 70s stepped out of a van in front of a converted monastery in New Hampshire. They shuffled forward, a few of them arthritically stooped, a couple with canes. Then they passed through the door and entered a time warp. Perry Como crooned on a vintage radio. Ed Sullivan welcomed guests on a black-and-white TV. Everything inside — including the books on the shelves and the magazines lying around — were designed to conjure 1959.” This is a quote from a New York Times article describing the famous “counterclockwise” study on the environmental effects of aging conducted in the 1980’s by researcher Ellen Langer. The results of this study were profound in that the participants showed dramatic reversal of their decline in several ways – strength, cardiovascular fitness, coordination, agility, and even in their bone structure, after spending only 5 days ‘back in time.’  The study evoked much discussion.  Was it because of the placebo affect? At the start of the study, the researchers had told the men they would feel as they did in 1959.   Can we indeed manipulate our environment to turn back the clock on our bodies?  Can we change our beliefs to reverse an otherwise downward health trend? And, if so, could we reverse the rate of Alzheimer’s and dementia? Usually we hear that there is nothing that can be done for Alzheimer’s but wait for a pharmaceutical cure.  What if, instead, we were told that there is promising research demonstrating that we can reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias through simple lifestyle and dietary changes?   How can we lead...