Sunlight provides Vitamin D

Vitamin D and Your Health

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin  we obtain mostly from sunlight and in small amounts from certain foods.  Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) rays and it is the UV-B rays that are capable of producing vitamin D in your body by acting on the cholesterol in your skin.  For almost 30 years the conventional thought around vitamin D has been that 10 minutes of sunlight on your arms and legs every day will provide the necessary amount of D.

Although this sounds like great advice it is really an oversimplification of some complicated biochemistry in your body.  In order for the D producing UV-B rays to reach your skin and produce vitamin D depends on a variety of different factors:

Skin Color: Lighter skin color allows deeper penetration by UV-B rays, which decreases the amount of sunlight exposure needed for adequate vitamin D production. That means darker complexions will need longer amounts of sunlight to produce the same amount of D.

Season: if you live above 35 degrees latitude north or below 35 degrees latitude south there are little to no UV-B rays from early autumn to late spring.

Altitude: The higher you live above sea level, the greater exposure you have to UV-B rays.

Pollution and Clouds: Both of these factors influence the number of UV-B rays  reaching  your skin.

Age: Aging creates changes that make it difficult for UV-B rays to convert cholesterol to vitamin D. Elderly people need to rely almost exclusively on food sources rather than sunlight for their vitamin D needs.

Vitamin D Facts:

Vitamin D has been shown to influence over 2,000 genes in your body. That is why it influences so many diseases like cancer, autism, heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis. A study by Dr. William Grant, Ph.D., internationally recognized research scientist and vitamin D expert, found that about 30% of cancer deaths (that is 2 million worldwide and 200,000 in the United States) could be prevented each year by simply correcting levels of vitamin D.

Vitamin D is you best defense against colds and flu.  Vitamin D regulates the expression of genes that influence your immune system to attack and destroy bacteria and viruses. People with optimal levels of Vitamin D rarely get sick.

Many research studies have concluded that up to 95% of U.S. senior citizens are deficient in Vitamin D.  Those same studies show that all Americans are upwards of 85% deficient regardless of age.

Vitamin D deficiency is epidemic in adults of all ages who have a darker complexion such as those whose ancestors are from Africa, the Middle East, or India.

The increased public fear around skin cancer and the use of sun blocking agents also keeps the beneficial UV-B rays from penetrating the skin thereby adding to the Vitamin D deficiency.  Many people limit their outdoor activities preventing them from getting the needed sun exposure.
Vitamin D helps your body regulate its blood sugar levels, playing an important role in preventing type II diabetes.  Research shows that 60% of type 2 diabetics have vitamin D deficiency.

Studies also show very low levels of vitamin D among children, the elderly, and women.

One U.S. study of women revealed that half of African American women of childbearing age could be vitamin D deficient predisposing their children to both immune and developmental disorders.

The current Dietary Reference Intakes by the Institute of Medicine range from 200 to 600 IU per day depending on age, with the U.S. upper limit for vitamin D being 2,000 IU per day.

These numbers are out of date.  They do not take into account a great deal of research on vitamin D and its effect on human health that's been published over the last several years.

To recommend a particular dose for everyone is ridiculous given the different influences we have already discussed.  I recommend that everyone get their blood levels monitored to be certain that there is a need for Vitamin D therapy, and to ensure the therapy is effective.  Some will not need vitamin D while others can need as much as 50,000iu for short periods of time.

I find the majority of patients that I work with in the Chicago area need 5,000-7,000iu in the fall and winter and 3,000-5,000iu in the spring and summer. It is important to understand that in the summertime, when you sunbathe for 30 minutes, your body produces about 20,000 IUs of vitamin D.  So the quantities I am recommending are not too high.  No matter where you live have your serum vitamin D levels checked.  Ask your doctor or laboratory for the 25(OH)D test, also known as the 25-hydroxyvitamin D test. Please note that some labs do a similar test called 1-25(OH)D test, which is not as accurate a marker of your vitamin D status.

Most people should also strive to eat some foods that are naturally rich in vitamin D, such as:

Food Sources             Serving                 Vitamin D (IU)
Wild salmon               3 ounces                        530
Cod liver oil                1 teaspoon                    400
Sardines, canned      3 ounces                        231
Organic egg yolk       1 medium                         25

For those that require supplementation I ask you to be very careful which brands you use.  Vitamin D is fat soluble, and like many fat soluble nutrients, manufacturers use toxic chemical solvents to extract and separate the vitamin D.  These solvents will leave residues in your vitamin D that you want to avoid.  My favorite Vitamin D is D3 serum from Premier Research Labs.  It is not manufactured with any toxic solvents and it contains a full 2200iu per drop.  That makes it the cleanest and most cost effective vitamin D I have been able to find.

Be sure to have your Vitamin D levels checked at your next doctors visit.

If you require supplementation you should work with someone that is experienced in vitamin D supplementation to create a customized plan based on your specific needs.


Thermography Series

Lifestyle Tips to Support Breast Health

BREAST HEALTH TIP #1:

Supplement Your Diet with Omega-3 Fatty Acids(link to norways purest fish oil)Eating proper amounts of healthy fats called omega-3 fatty acids can reduce your risk of breast cancer, and are also beneficial for those already diagnosed with breast cancer. Omega-3's decrease the strength of estrogen in the breast tissue, decrease inflammation, and shrink the size of breast tumors while preventing them from metastasizing or spreading. Women with the highest amount of omega-3 fatty acids in their bodies, have a 500% lower incidence of metastasis compared to women with the lowest levels of omega-3.

Cold-water fish such as salmon, cod, and halibut are great choices. These fish contain omega-3 fatty acids which support cell health and boost immunity. Eating fresh fish should be a healthy part of your diet but for therapeutic purposes supplementation with quality fish oil becomes a necessity.

BREAST HEALTH TIP #2:

Eat plenty of Dark green leafy vegetables.The Cruciferous vegetable family is named for their cross-shaped flower petals. Research of this family of vegetables indicates that they may provide protection against certain cancers. Cruciferous vegetables contain antioxidants (particularly beta carotene and the compound sulforaphane), and they are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Cruciferous vegetables also contain a kind of phytochemical known as isothiocyanates, which stimulates our body to break down carcinogens (cancer causing agents).

Raw cruciferous vegetables contain thyroid inhibitors known as goitrogens, therefore people who have low thyroid function should steam all cruciferous vegetables.

LIST OF CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES

Arugula Bok choy Broccoli
Brussels sprouts Cabbage Cauliflower
Chard Chinese cabbage Collard greens
Daikon Kale Kohlrabi
Mustard greens Radishes Rutabagas
Turnips Watercress

BREAST HEALTH TIP #3

Supplement with DIM.(link to estroBalance) DIM ( diindolylmethane) is the ingredient in cruciferous vegetables responsible for protection against hormonal imbalances that frequently precede breast cancer. DIM helps your body breakdown estrogen in a healthy way. Supplementing 150-300mg per day will ensure that your body breaks down estrogen into its health promoting antioxidant metabolites. Poor breakdown of estrogen is associated with weight gain, breast cancer, and uterine cancer.

BREAST HEALTH TIP #4

Drink plenty of Organic Green Tea-Green tea contains compounds called catechins and polyphenols that inhibit cancer growth. There have been many studies on the anti-carcinogenic qualities of green tea. Studies of people in Asia who drink large amounts of green tea daily show much lower rates of a variety of cancers including breast cancer. Organic green tea is your best choice.

BREAST HEALTH TIP #5

Consume Extra Virgin Olive oil-Olive oil contains health promoting antioxidants and is associated with a lower incidence of breast cancer in Mediterranean populations. Olive oil can be used to sauté, as a salad dressing, drizzled over vegetables, or as a tasty butter substitute.

BREAST HEALTH TIP #6

Move your body!-Exercise improves sleep, appetite, mood and releases stress. In a variety of research studies, both aerobic exercise and weight training have been shown to be beneficial in reducing symptoms in women of all ages including sleep disturbances, depression, fibrocystic breast disease, and breast cancer.

BREAST HEALTH TIP #7

Eat Organic , Toss your Plastic!- Many scientists speculate that the increasing number of cancer cases worldwide are due to the toxins in our environment. These toxins act like estrogen hormones in the body and are termed "xeno-estrogens". We know that many breast cancers are estrogen dependent. Xenoestrogens like pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, heavy metals and other toxins in our food, water, and produce accumulate in our fat tissue over time. Their estrogen like properties can be the trigger that starts the cancer cascade. Store your food in glass containers instead of plastic to avoid phthalates, which are hormone disrupting chemicals linked to an increased risk for breast cancer. Stop drinking from plastic bottles and get a stainless steel drinking container.

BREAST HEALTH TIP #8

Drink alcohol in moderation- Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum. Many studies have shown that alcohol consumption does increase breast cancer rates by a small percentage. However, a small amount of red wine on a regular basis is also known to lower the risk of heart disease which still kills many more women than breast cancer does.

BREAST HEALTH TIP #9

Relax!-According to Chinese medicine, stress, frustration, and unresolved anger can play an important part in the development of all types of breast disease, both benign and malignant. Chinese medical theories suggest that one of the best things a woman can do for her breast (and overall) health is to find a way to relax and release stress on a daily basis. Such methods may include yoga, meditation, biofeedback, simple relaxation therapy, or whatever method you use to release the stress and pressures of modern life. Maintain present time consciousness and express your emotions in the moment. Don’t swallow your emotions!

BREAST HEALTH TIP #10

Take Antioxidants-Studies confirm that low antioxidant levels were linked to an increased risk for breast cancer. Antioxidants are the body’s first line of defense against the damaging effects of oxidative stress. Women with higher markers of oxidative stress in their bodies have a higher risk for breast cancer. Women with low vitamin A had double the risk for breast cancer. Women with low vitamin E had nearly tripled the risk. Vitamin D is one of the most important antioxidants to maintain breast health. A study conducted by Cedric Garland and other prominent vitamin D researchers determined that women with vitamin D levels above 52 ng/ml have half the risk of developing breast cancer as those with 13 ng/ml. If these figures are true then upwards of 58,000 cases of breast cancer per year could be prevented. Studies show it is better to supplement Vitamin D in a large bolus once or twice a week instead of once a day. A dose of 3000iu per day would be better given as 10,000iu 2x per week.

We can never prevent any disease 100%. Breast cancer does have a strong hereditary link, but by choosing a healthy lifestyle you can dramatically improve your odds of staying cancer free.


Thermography Scan

Breast Health

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Whether you are tuned into day time television, reading any magazine or even watching an NFL football game you are no doubt aware that October is Breast Cancer awareness month. Many of us have lost a loved one or witnessed the suffering of a friend to this awful disease. In this month’s newsletter I would like to look at some of the research and the need for us to switch our thinking from looking for a “cure” to preventing the disease. If we are really going to help women and prevent this disease than an examination of the present process and who it is really serving needs to be undertaken. Our current medical model has women doing yearly mammograms to check for the presence of tumors. This month you will be hit with the message that mammograms save lives. Is this true? What do we really know about breast cancer and mammograms?

In the Journal of the National Cancer Institute a study of 145 women were asked questions about breast cancer and mammograms and found the following:

  • Women over estimated their probability of dying of breast cancer within 10 years by more than 20-fold.
  • Women over estimated the risk reduction of annual screening mammograms more than 100-fold.
  • The study concluded,“Women younger than 50 years substantially over-estimate both their breast cancer risk and the effectiveness of screening.” In other words, as a whole our society is misinformed regarding breast cancer and mammograms.

Let’s take a look at the research on the effectiveness of mammograms. In September 2000, a large, long-term Canadian study found that an annual mammogram were no more effective in preventing deaths from breast cancer than periodic physical examinations for women in their 50’s. In this study40,000 women ages 50 to 59 were split into 2 groups. The first group received periodic breast examinations alone and the second group received breast examinations with mammograms. The findings: there were 610 cases of invasive breast cancer and 105 deaths in the women who received only breast examinations, compared with 622 invasive breast cancers and 107 deaths in those who received breast examinations and mammograms. 40,000 participants is no small study, and the results show no difference between the two groups.

Do mammograms do any harm? It has been shown that ionizing radiation mutates cells, and the mechanical pressure on the breast can cause cancerous cells to spread.In 1995, the British medical journal, The Lancet, reported that since mammographic screening was introduced in 1970’s, the incidence of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which represents 12% of all breast cancer cases, had increased by 328% and that 200% of this increase was due to the use of mammography. Since the inception of widespread mammographic screening, the increase for DCIS in women under the age of 40 has risen over 3000%.

We are able to establish that mammograms do not seem to be more effective than exam alone, and there is a growing body of evidence that mammograms actually increase cancer rates. Yet some slow developing tumors are discovered only by the tiny calcifications seen on mammograms. Our present system is inefficient yet it is all we have at this time. We look for a “cure” by telling women to radiate their breasts once a year. A cure is only possible when there is one cause. Cancer has more than one cause. Breast cancer, like all cancers, is a multiple system dysfunction. There are immune imbalances, hormone imbalances, weakened detoxification pathways, toxicities, and various other imbalances that are unique to the individual. These imbalances can be identified years before cancer sets in, and some of these imbalances are modifiable with sound nutrition and lifestyle modifications. In order to identify these imbalances we have to use technologies that measure dysfunction and physiological changes. Testing that can predict disease based on past patterns of dysfunction of those that have fought this battle.

In our office we look at promoting breast health through the use of two different forms of thermography.

Thermography is a non-invasive evaluation of the body with a particular emphasis on the breast. Thermal patterns are analyzed that are associated with vascular changes. Vascular changes are not normal in adults. Vascular changes in the breast are associated with the process of angiogenesis which is new blood vessel formation to feed a tumors growth. Thermography has been shown to detect the precancerous state of breast tissue up to 10 years before breast cancer is identified by other methods. A positive thermographic image represents the highest known risk factor for the future development of breast cancer. It is especially useful for detecting early lesions before they otherwise become clinically evident. These changes could accompany cancer, fibrocystic breast disease, breast injury, infections or vascular disease. No radiation is used by thermography, and there is no pain during the examination.

In a German study, 54 percent of breast cancer patients were correctly diagnosed by history and physical examination. The number rose to 76 percent when mammography was added. However, when thermography was used, the accuracy of diagnosis rose to 92 percent.

We use two forms of thermography because each has different strengths. Digital infrared thermography (DITI) is combined with computer regulated thermography (CRT) to give the most comprehensive thermographic evaluation available. DITI is similar to mammography in that it assesses the present state of the breasts. CRT is a whole body evaluation that gives us clues and patterns that precede the onset of cancer by as much as a decade. This allows us to implement treatment plans based on preventing the disease.

After a mammogram the results are either positive or negative. Thermography often shows a healthy breast scan, but we find other imbalances in the body associated with liver stress, hormone imbalances, or toxicities that need immediate attention. By implementing treatment plans based on these dysfunctional states in the body we are able to restore a higher level of health to the patient. We use the thermography testing on a yearly basis. If we see patterns of thermographic change that look suspicious we immediately order an ultrasound. If after two thermograms and an ultrasound there are still questions about the possibility of cancer then we order a mammogram. We feel that if we can decrease the number of mammograms a woman has in her lifetime we believe that will save lives. Some of our clients do their yearly thermogram 6 months after they have had their yearly mammogram. Holistic medicine is an individualized approach to health. It is not a cookbook approach where everyone follows the same recipe. You need to find a formula that works for you based on your risk factors, family history and lifestyle. Someone with normal mammograms for the last few years with no family history of breast cancer could use the thermogram as a yearly check-up along with a healthy eating plan and lifestyle. Those with a strong family history or those not willing to follow a healthy lifestyle should use the thermogram as an added assessment to yearly mammograms.

There is no one test that can detect 99-100% of all cancers. Therefore, no single test exists that can be used alone as an adequate screening or detection method for breast cancer. It is time to add yearly thermographic evaluation as one component of a more proactive breast health program. It is the best way to shift your mindset to prevention.


Flu Shots

Swine Flu, What Should We Do?

Since 1 in every 3 emails we receive seems to somehow be related to the swine flu, we decided to give our perspective on the statistics to date, the science of swine flu, and prevention and treatment. The recent rash of fear-based media alerts may lead you to believe that half the people in the U.S. will get very sick from the swine flu. It does not stop there as estimates from Europe have really cranked up the fear factor saying 10's of millions could die this winter. The seasonal flu has a death rate between 250,000 and 500,000 worldwide. To date, 500 people have died worldwide from the swine flu.

Last week the CDC issued a statement urging people not to panic. They stated that the virus does not appear to be a pandemic type of flu, and that we should not expect large numbers of deaths from this flu.

The truth is that swine flu has been producing mild symptoms in healthy adults and children, with much fewer cases requiring hospitalization than this year's typical "seasonal" flu. That's the current reality.

Why all the fear then?

I believe, like many things in life, this fear based propaganda is designed to drive the profits of big business.  Big Pharma stands to make a lot of money with vaccinations and antiviral meds.  Billions of dollars are at stake and fear sells.  You wouldn't want your baby to die would you?

Vaccination fears come directly from the profession that provides them as The British Medical Journal reported that there is a growing worldwide opposition to accepting the swine flu vaccine. Many doctors and nurses indicate they won't accept the vaccine for themselves due to fear of side effects and questions about its efficacy. (BMJ 2009;339:b3461)

Antiviral medications may well be an appropriate treatment once a diagnosis has been made; however, the irresponsible overuse of Tamiflu and other antiviral drugs as "preventive" treatments only serves to encourage mutations and mounting viral resistance, which only makes people more vulnerable.

We believe the best strategy for the swine flu is the same strategy you should have every flu season to keep your family healthy.  We believe this strategy should be both safe and effective.  You can keep yourself and your family healthy with safe, natural, holistic health care.

The best thing you can do for your health is to get an individual assessment of your health status and allow us to create a customized plan that serves as a template to restore or maintain your health.  Contact our office directly for more information on this.

Tips to prevent the flu:

  1. Decrease your sugar intake. Sugar suppresses  your immune system.  1 tsp. of sugar will depress the natural killer cell activity of the white blood cells by 50% for 2 days. ("Lick the Sugar Habit" by Nancy Appleton)
  2. Get proper rest
  3. Hydrate your body
  4. Wash your hands.  Keep your fingers away from your nose and mouth.
  5. Take vitamin D, research shows that vitamin D deficiency may be the common link between deaths from any type of flu-swine or seasonal.  Add 2000iu per day to your diet and do your best to get 10minutes of sunlight on your skin per day.

At the onset of flu symptoms take:

  1. Homeopathic and herbal flu remedies work wonders by boosting your immune response, decreasing mucus in the lungs, and killing the virus.  We use the anti-viral triple play of Metal, Flu-tone, and temple guardian.  Metal is a combination spagyrically prepared herbal remedy that I personally formulated for its immune system benefits.  It is safe for children, pregnant and breast feeding women.  Flu-tone is a combination homeopathic remedy that is also gentle yet effective in treating viral symptoms.  Temple Guardian is a Chinese herbal remedy designed to work specifically on lung symptoms.  There is no flu that stands a chance against the triple play!
  2. Elderberry extract is a potent lung remedy that helps combat viruses.
  3. Oil of oregano is an aromatic oil that kills viruses on contact
  4. Vitamin C has been known to shorten the duration and severity of viral infections. According to Dr. Leo Galland, MD it is safe for children ages 5 - 10 to take up to 2,000mg per day and it is safe for adults to take 1,000 - 3,000 mg per hour. If your stools become loose, you will know that you have taken as much as your body can absorb for that day. Discontinue use until the following day.

Family in the Kitchen

Detoxify Your Home to Boost Your Immunity

Safe Havens?

We think of our homes as safe havens, protecting our families. But did you know that there are hundreds of toxic chemicals in your household that can harm your health?

A study by the State of Massachusetts found that 50% of all illness is due to poor indoor air quality.1

Additionally, the National Toxicology Program found that 150 chemicals can be found in the average home.2

You might be surprised about where toxins lurk, but don’t despair – there are easy, natural alternatives!

But first, here are some facts you should know about toxic chemicals and your health3:

  • 75,000 synthetic (man-made) chemicals are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 250 billion pounds of these chemicals are produced every year.
  • According to the EPA, only a fraction of these have been fully tested for human health concerns.
  • Synthetic chemicals have been found in the blood of children and adults, even in the cord blood of newborns:
    • Analysis of cord blood of newborn babies at Mt Sinai Hospital found more than 200 chemicals already in the blood stream at birth.
    • A recent study on adults found a total of more than 200 synthetic chemicals in their blood -- with an average of 67 different chemicals in each individual.
  • Serious illnesses are increasing among children and adults:
    • Toxic chemicals in the home and household cleaners are associated with allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological or neurological disorders.
    • 90% of poison exposures occur in the home. In fact, women who work at home have a 54% greater death rate from cancer, according to a 15-year study reported at the 1990 Toronto Indoor Air Conference. This study concluded that the increase resulted from increased exposures to toxins in the home.4
    • Women who use dry cleaning may have increased risk of developing breast cancer.5

 

The main culprit for toxic chemicals in your home are air fresheners and household cleaning products, like drain cleaners, liquid dish soap, oven cleaners, all purpose cleaners and furniture polish.

Additionally, building materials, furniture fabrics and new carpeting all add to exposure to toxic chemicals in your home.

Another common household product, Teflon (found in non-stick pans and fabrics), was banned by the Swedish government due to increased risk of breast cancer.6

What the advertisements don’t tell you is that women who use non-stick pans and stain-resistant fabrics risk harming their baby’s health too.

The toxins in Teflon and stain resistant fabrics do NOT break down and instead, accumulate in your body.7 In one study, researchers found toxic chemicals from non-stick pans and stain resistant fabrics in the breast milk of every woman tested.8

(While breast milk is still the healthiest form of nourishment for your newborn, it’s important to know that your exposure to toxic chemicals also affects your baby.)

It may seem like toxins are everywhere…and while they really are a fact of life in today’s world, it’s easy to reduce your toxic load! These days, there are non-toxic alternatives for just about everything you use in your home.

Reduce Toxic Load for Overall Health

So how can reducing exposure to toxic chemicals improve your health?

Our last two articles had several tips for a detoxification diet and breast health, so these tips focus on two easy steps to detoxify your home:

  1. Choose non-toxic alternatives - Look around your home and begin to look for non-toxic alternatives to common toxic household goods.At PureBalance Natural Health Center, Dr. Ingrid Maes and I do extensive research on safe household cleaning and beauty products. Whether you come visit the center and shop our store or purchase products online, here are some that we highly recommend:
    • Ecover– from dish liquid to laundry detergent and household cleaners, Ecover is a truly “green” (chemical free) product that does not test on animals.
    • Le Creuset Cookware– Le Creuset is enamel coated cast-iron, which is a healthy alternative to toxic aluminum or Teflon coated pans. While Le Creuset cannot compete with Teflon for it’s non-stick properties, isn’t your family’s health worth a little extra elbow grease?
    • Non-Toxic (“Green”) Furniture & Paint – Did you know that most furniture today is coated with toxins to make them stain resistant or inflammable? Because of this, many people are choosing to buy antique furniture. If you are looking for beautiful modern designs, consider our favorite find, Green Nest. You can also avoid VOCs with Zero VOC and Low paint from Green Nest! Created by a husband and wife team of green builders, Green Nest many safe, non-toxic products a healthy, toxin-free home!
  2. Clear the air – the air in your home or office can be up to ten times worse than the air outdoors! Protect yourself from toxins in the air like pet dander, mold, pollen, radon, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and more by using an air purifier.

Now that you are thinking differently about the products you use in your home and the air you breathe, the next step would be to begin looking at your personal care products, like soaps, lotions and other beauty products.

Stay tuned for future articles on healthy skin and beauty products, along with more tips to enjoy your best health!

At PureBalance Natural Health Center, we are committed to helping you detoxify your body, your lifestyle AND your home.

 


Sources

1 Bahamas Journal. http://www.jonesbahamas.com/?c=53&a=6400

2 http://www.enviroalternatives.com/nontoxichome.html

3 http://www.excelwithus.com/important_facts_regarding_toxins.htm

4 ibid.

5 Weidenboerner, Katie. Speaker to Educate About Hazardous Wastes in the Home. St. Mary’s Press. October 2006.
http://www.smdailypress.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=54&Itemid=27

6 http://www.breastcancer.org/risk/ask_expert/2005_08/question_11.jsp

7 http://www.breastcancer.org/risk/ask_expert/2005_08/question_11.jsp

8 Gutierrez, David. Nonstick Cookware Chemicals Found in Human Breast Milk. NaturalNews.com, September 2008. http://www.naturalnews.com/024148.html

8 ibid.

 


Mind, Body, Spirit

Scientific Evidence: The Mind, Body, Spirit Connection & Your Health

Scientific Evidence of the Mind, Body, Spirit Connection & Your Health:

Research over the last several decades demonstrates the fact that you cannot separate the mind, body and spirit in health and healing.

The truth is your body was designed to be healthy. True health means that you are healthy physically, emotionally, and spiritually. When all 3 parts are equal and balanced you not only feel good but your life is happier and more complete!

Most healing programs work at the level of the body, forgetting the importance of your mind and spirit. This is why you may find yourself searching out multiple practitioners to support your journey to well-being.

At PureBalance Natural Health, our PureBalance Method (PBM) takes into account your whole healing process – mind, body and spirit.

Our natural health center services provide the full range of holistic health services, but don’t worry if you can’t come to see us at our health center.  Our site is designed to support you on your healing path. You will find questionnaires and articles to guide you to the appropriate lifestyle modifications, botanical remedies, and nutritional products that support your best health.

Science and The Mind-Body-Spirit Connection to Health:

Studies in the field of psychoneuroimmunology are demonstrating the effects of the mind and spirit in healing the body.

Placebo effect – In clinical trials, people who got the “sugar pill” or fake drug got better just because they believed they would. [1]

Attitude and cancer – Dr. H. Steven Greer conducted several studies, including a study with a 15-year follow up on women with breast cancer, and found evidence that attitude is linked to duration and survival of cancer. [2,3]

Your beliefs affect your health, including your genes – Dr. Bruce Lipton, internationally recognized biologist and article of The Biology of Belief , is a leader in teaching about the science of epigenetics. His scientific experiments prove that your perception or beliefs, affect your health. His studies show that even if you have a gene for a certain disease, it is your beliefs that can turn that genetic issue off or on. To learn more, read The Biology of Belief.

If you are ready to achieve your best health in mind, body and spirit, Discover Two Simple, Yet Powerful Steps For Lasting Health.

 


[1] Benedetti, Fabrizio, Mayberg, Helen S., et. al., Neurobiological Mechanisms of the Placebo Effect. The Journal of Neuroscience, November 9, 2005, 25(45):10390-10402; doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3458-05.2005
[2] Waston, Maggie, Greer, Stephen, et. al., Relationships between emotional control, adjustment to cancer and depression and anxiety in breast cancer patients,  Psychological Medicine (1991), 21: 51-57, http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=5011904
[3] Crichton, P., In conversation with H. Steven Greer, The Psychiatrist (2000) 24: 189-192.