Autoimmune diseases are at least three times more prevalent now than they were a few decades ago. Alarming! You may not even know if you are on the path to developing autoimmune disease – not to mention the fact that you may already have a diagnosis.
The term autoimmune means your immune system is attacking itself – so in order to start the healing process, instead of trying to treat one organ where some activity may be happening – it’s time to heal the entire immune system so it will behave again,
Practitioners of functional medicine and other holistic approaches see the human body as a whole, rather than just parts, and operate on the notion that that each biological system impacts others as they function synergistically.
So, let’s stop trying to manage symptoms and live with it, and instead focus on healing the immune system.
As you might know, about two-thirds of your immune system lies within your gut. One major irritant in autoimmune expression is having a leaky gut. The lining in your gut has become loose and undigested foods, microbes, toxins, etc. can get away through the loose lining and escape into the bloodstream.
We have also heard a great deal about gluten, which is known to contribute to autoimmune, and gluten is pro-inflammatory. Some smart doctors are advising us to steer clear of all grains, especially wheat, avoiding even gluten-free products.
Heavy metals like mercury and molds are also dangerous to the immune system. Mercury may be one of the top three most toxic substances the world has ever seen. Infections from bacteria and viruses are also being linked to autoimmune, so it is important to get rid of these invaders effectively.
High stress – and who does not have this – can also be a trigger for autoimmune.
So, getting on a sensible, anti-inflammatory diet (Join my email list to receive a free guide on inflammatory and anti-inflammatory foods), knowing what you are sensitive to, adding some appropriate supplements, and perhaps even running some of the much more affordable DNA tests are ways you can approach your healing. Learning how to be mindful is an excellent way to manage stress and enhance healing in the body and mind.
Do not listen to people – even highly credentialed people – who tell you it cannot be done and must be managed by drugs. Believe that you can do this holistically – many people are getting very “miraculous” healings. Just ask me – I know personally because I healed my own auto-immune disorder!
Have a happy and holistic day!
First of all, what is self-care? It is any activity we do intentionally to take care of our emotions, thoughts, behavior, physical health, and spirituality. Self-care is critical to our mood state and is known to reduce anxiety, which in turn reduces stress. See this brief video from Jennifer Yuen, MSW, RSW, on What is Self-Care?
Self-care is not about doing things we feel we have to force ourselves into and do not like to do. Self-care builds us up; it doesn’t bring us down or seem like just another task in life that has to get done.
Even though I do not like to exercise (I would rather go dancing or ride a bike), and although I sometimes go to the gym, this is not my preferred way to take good care of myself. I like to dance, meet with friends over a relaxing lunch or dinner, read a book, etc.
So, self-care is very individualized. But it is something that needs to be planned into your daily routine, not something you only do spontaneously. You can add your preferred ways to take care of yourself into your calendar. Then follow through as though these activities were among your highest priorities…which they should be if you want to stay ahead of stress!
Loving yourself is a huge part of practicing self-care; in fact, it is perhaps the most important aspect. See Dr. Joseph Mercola’s article entitled, Be Kind and Loving to Yourself – It’s Good for You. Watch the video on tapping (EFT – Emotional Freedom Techniques) to help you achieve this by Julie Shiffman, showcased in Dr. Mercola’s article.
Remember, self-care activities will likely be different for you than for anyone else. So really look deeply into your heart and soul and plan some activities that will help you stay in a great balance! Some suggestions are:
This list could be endless – just do something you really enjoy and don’t forget to keep on doing the things that relax you.
Combine self-care with education and learn more with my Mindfulness Guide. In the guide I've included 10 prompts to get you started on your mindfulness journey!
Remember – practicing self-care is a major part of living a healthy, holistic lifestyle. Are you ready?! Take the plunge!
There’s been so much hoopla going on about CBD oil; in fact, this has only been eclipsed recently by the coronavirus pandemic currently happening across the entire globe and especially at home in the good old U.S. of A. When considering using any product, whether it be CBD oil, a food item, some vitamin or other type of supplement, etc., it is always a good idea to do your “due diligence.” In other words, do some research on what you are about to purchase and make sure it’s a bona fide product, and not something cheap or deceptively packaged to get you to buy their product, when it really isn’t what you should be using (for your health and more). For example, why might you need CBD oil in your makeup?!
Make Sure You’re Buying a High-Quality Product
If you want to take advantage of CBD oil and its numerous health advantages, there are some things you should do to check if it’s a good product.
It is always a good idea to check and see if your beliefs about CBD oil are in fact scientifically true. Separating fact from fiction is another important process in selecting a product that might actually give you strong and robust health benefits without harming you in the process! Here are a few myths:
As always, have a happy, holistically healthy day!
If you are reading my articles, then you know I “harp” on nutrition as a foundation for your health. Here I go again!!! After all, the research is exploding on this topic. In fact, there are studies that are showing very robust health outcomes – similar to what is achieved with certain medications – by using food alone. (No, I am not advocating for getting rid of medications!) However, if we build a foundation of health using healthy food choices, then some diseased conditions may not ever occur, and for some, this may be enough to get a healing or very significant improvement.
Dr. William Li offers advice from the perspective of angiogenesis which means how blood vessels are formed and supply everything in the body. Blood vessels are also needed to supply tumors which as we know are bad for our health. Not to worry! There are foods that inhibit tumor growth. For more on this from Dr. Li, go here. Foods that keep blood supplies from things that make disease in our bodies are termed antiangiogenic foods. Some examples from Dr. Li are green tea, ginseng, strawberries, lemons, apples, pumpkin, lavender, dark chocolate. (Yes, I had to include this last one!)
If you are concerned about diabetes, some excellent food choices to improve your health outcome are fatty fish (omega-3 fats) like salmon, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, the herb turmeric, etc. The connection between diet and type 2 diabetes has been known for a long time. For a very interesting peer-reviewed journal article by Sami, Ansari, Butt, and Hamid, entitled Effect of Diet on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Review, go here. In this review article which takes information from multiple studies, the authors discuss interesting topics such as the disease appearing mostly in areas where people ate a great deal of oil, flour and sugar. Perhaps due to this diabetes is sharply on the rise, especially here in America. It is also interesting to read that there is still widespread lack of knowledge about risk factors for diabetes and these authors call for a better effort within communities and providers of health care to make sure this knowledge is spread to more people.
There are a lot of different fad diets out there and it is important to note that although these approaches may differ, they all have some common themes. Mostly they are recommending whole, fresh foods. They advise staying away from over-processed foods which are easily available here in America. Of special importance is consuming fresh produce, especially veggies. Eating too many fruits – even healthy ones - may result in an over-abundance of sugar in your system, which tends to help create inflammation and disease. So eating fresh salads using a variety of raw vegetables is a wonderful choice. Pair these salads with delicious proteins, depending on your dietary preferences. Use products whenever possible that have not been treated with hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, etc. Lightly steamed veggies are a wonderful and tasty addition to the food plate, coupled with fresh spices and healthy fats. You are only limited by your own imagination and there are wonderful free recipes all over the internet to make it that much easier to implement.
Remember, your health matters so take what you eat seriously - it could improve and lengthen your life!
If you're reading this post, you are probably like me: wanting to shed a few extra pounds (or more). Luckily for us, we can choose specific foods to help burn fat faster! Of course, there are many variables involved in weight loss, but building your diet around foods with fat-burning properties is a great first step!
Plants are a well-known way to boost your mood and elevate your home's look, and they're also good for your physical health. However, not many people know how to choose the right plant to provide specific benefits. Not to worry! I've done the research and pinpointed the top three plants you should invite into your space. I will caution you that if you have pets, please do additional research to know which ones could be toxic to them.
Plants reduce stress, so they'll improve your life at work as well as at home. They create a sense of overall well-being, and some studies have shown that students do better in school when plants are in their environment.
Plants also help clean the air we breathe by reducing carbon dioxide, benzene, and nitrogen dioxide (pollutants), increase humidity (office buildings especially can be dry), reduce dust in the air, help to lessen noise from neighboring highways, and can assist in deflecting background noise. Plants can even help support healing at hospitals (check your hospital’s policy first).
Many of us want to get active or already are invested in a workout routine. We buy into programs, we purchase equipment, but let’s face it: sometimes, even after all that, we don't see the changes we want to see. In this post, I'll debunk you some popular myths about fitness and then reveal the facts.
Have a happy and holistic day!
- Dr. P
What is a superfood? It’s a natural food, often plant-based, that is very nutrient-dense. It’s jam-packed with superior quality nutrients that can super-charge your health. Some are known to boost energy, and some can boost your mood. Some can jumpstart weight loss, and some enhance overall well-being. My top seven choices pack a powerful wellness punch!
Have a happy and holistic day!
- Dr. P