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Eat Your Way to Rejuvenation & Vibrancy
by Dr Susan Smith Jones author of 27 books on health and fitness. She taught health and fitness at UCLA for 30 years and travels internationally as a motivational speaker and holistic health consultant.

Simply Your Life: Embrace Silence & Solitude
by Dr Susan Smith Jones.

25 Suggestions for Creating the Life You Really Want by Dr Eve Wood who is a medical doctor, psychiatrist, speaker, professor, author, radio host, columnist and mother of four children.

Four Keys to Permanent Weight Loss by Rena Greenberg who is the author of "The Right Weigh: Six Steps to Permanent Weight Loss" used by over 100,000 people and "The Craving Cure: Break the Hold Carbs and Sweets Have on Your Life". Rena’s program been featured in over 35 television stories.

Coming of Age: Emotions in Adolescence by Dr Christiane Northrup, M.D. who is an authority in the field of women's health and the author of two New York Times best-selling books.

What is a healthy relationship by Dr Eve A. Wood 

Experience health bliss by Dr Susan Smith Jones.

The immune system – your greatest health asset by Dr Sandra Cabot who is a Medical Practitioner and author of many ground breaking books, including "The Liver Cleansing Diet".

Nutrition: Losing Weight at Midlife by Dr Christiane Northrup.

About Anxiety by Dr Eve A Wood.

For women - 50 is the new 30! by Dr Sandra Cabot.

Choose to be healthy and celebrate life by Dr Susan Smith Jones.

Fatty liver – a common cause of weight excess by Dr Sandra Cabot.

Is Inflammation Getting the Best of You? Interview with Susan Smith Jones, PhD ©


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  Eat Your Way to Rejuvenation & Vibrancy
By Dr Susan Smith Jones

Get your diet and lifestyle off to a fresh start with these 14 age-defying, heart-strengthening, cancer-busting, digestion-enhancing, pain-prevention, energy-boosting and body-slimming Superfoods. Each one is easy to find in your supermarket or natural food store.


You can live your healthiest life now if you follow these recommendations by world-renowned health and fitness expert, Susan Smith Jones, PhD.

All foods are not equal. Some are full of calories and void of nutrition, while others are low on calories and so packed with nutrition that they earn the title of “superfood." There’s a difference between food volume and nutritional potency. Simply put, you don’t need a lot of food to get lots of nutrition. For example, blueberries are often considered a super food because they contain significant amounts of antioxidants, anthocyanins, vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber with relatively few calories. Super foods are the best whole foods out there, but not one is a magic bullet; make sure you include many different super foods to help maintain optimal health.


1. Dried Plum – Prune

You can fight father time with this humble dried fruit. With a new name and a new image, the dried plum — you may know it as a prune — is now proven to fight the diseases of aging, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, and yes, constipation. Tufts University researchers have discovered this wrinkled wonder to contain more than twice as many antioxidants as the next highest food—the raisin. Oklahoma State scientists found in a study that this fruit actually helped restore bone density after losses has occurred! Plus, it has the same cancer-fighting component as apples, grapefruit and oranges.


2. Cherries

Here’s a delicious, vitamin-packed fruit that relieves arthritis pain. That’s right. Cherries have been proven to work as well or better than aspirin and ibuprofen. Long a folk remedy for gout, cherries have scientific proof in their pain-prevention powers. Researchers at Michigan State University found that a substance in cherries stops the production of the chemicals that cause inflammation and pain. The scientists say cherries relieve arthritis pain as well as or better than over-the-counter drugs! A bowl of 20 cherries a day during a bout with gout is enough to neutralize the aches and swelling, with no stomach upset or other side effects. Eat them fresh, dried or even frozen as a scrumptious addition to your smoothies.

3. Parsnips

Parsnips could be nicknamed the “beauty food” because of the way their nutritional components help strengthen hair and nails and improve skin quality. People who suffer from acne or skin disorders will appreciate the skin-flattering benefits of their unique balance of potassium, phosphorus and vitamin C.


4. Avocados

Avocados have more protein than any other fruit. Sometimes known as “nature’s butter,” they have only about a quarter of the fat calories contained in the same weight of dairy butter. Ounce for ounce, they also provide more heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, vitamin E, folate, potassium and fiber than other fruits. You can mash avocado on whole grain bread, into baked potatoes and even use it as a hydrating mask. They also exceed other fruits as a source of the powerful antioxidant lutein, which appears to protect arteries from hardening and the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration.


5. Pomegranates

This dark red fruit is hot news these days — especially as a juice. Pomegranates are packed full of disease-fighting antioxidants. Some studies suggest that they offer almost three times more than established antioxidant sources such as green tea, red wine, blueberry juice and cranberry juice. They also contain potassium, fiber, vitamin c and niacin, all of which contribute to increased energy and good health, and have been shown to reduce plaque build-up in arteries by up to 44 percent.


6. Bananas

Monkeys may be wiser than we think — their favorite food is among the most nutritious of tropical fruits. Fiber from green, unripe bananas reduces bad cholesterol and increases the good by as much as 30 percent, while a ripe banana is one of the best ways to soothe an upset stomach. Bananas are a wonderful source of energy, can relieve heartburn and will also help decrease the risk of stroke. And with the possible exception of strawberries, no other fresh fruit is higher in minerals.


7. Broccoli

Broccoli has almost twice as much protein as steak — 11.2 g per 100 calories compared with only 5.4 g. (Most of the calories in meat come from fat, but the calories in green veggies come from protein.) Broccoli is one of nature’s most potent Superfoods. It has been proved effective against cancer, heart disease and a host of other serious conditions. Its powerful sulforaphane content delivers a double punch to cancer-causing chemicals — destroying any carcinogenic compounds that you have ingested, then creating enzymes that eat up any carcinogens left over from that reaction — and it also contains indole-3-carbinol, which helps your body to metabolize estrogen, potentially warding off breast cancer.


8. Apples

Eating an apple a day could very well keep the cardiologist away. Current studies suggest that eating apples regularly reduces the risk of stroke and your chances of dying from a heart attack. They lower cholesterol and also appear to decrease the risk of lung cancer. Having tummy troubles? The power to fix both diarrhea and constipation fits in the palm of your hand with the apple. Eating them whole, with the skin on, provides the highest level of nutritional value.


9. Parsley

This common herb is a powerhouse of the nutrients that rejuvenate and detoxify. Include it when you make fresh juice. Nibble a few leaves when you want your breath to be sweeter. Chop it into salads, soups, sandwiches and pasta dishes. Parsley is also a stress-buster, and studies have shown it to be effective in reducing depression, lowering cholesterol and strengthening kidneys. Many herbalists recommend parsley to relieve the symptoms of rheumatism and PMS.


10. Cinnamon

This ancient spice (obtained from the bark of Asian evergreens) and highly versatile flavoring helps to relieve bloating and stabilize blood sugar. Cinnamon contains methylhydroxy chalcone polymer (MHCP), which speeds up the processing of sugar in your body. So putting cinnamon sticks in your tea or water, or sprinkling just a tiny amount on desserts, fruits, cereal and into smoothies, will make your insulin release much more efficient, which may slow aging and help ward off diabetes and obesity.


11. Oats

Inexpensive, readily available and incredibly easy to incorporate into your life, oats (also known as porridge) contain twice as much protein as brown rice and are an excellent source of complex carbohydrates to maintain your energy levels through the day. They improve your resistance to stress, help to regulate the thyroid, soothe the nervous and digestive systems, reduce cigarette cravings and stabilize blood sugar levels.


12. Garlic

Herbalists have used garlic to treat all sorts of diseases for thousands of years. As well as being scrumptious, it’s a rich source of the sulphur compounds that keep your body chemistry in balance — fighting infections, slowing down the production of cholesterol and lowering blood pressure. There is even evidence that garlic helps to fight cancer and improves the action of the liver and the gall bladder. Add garlic to your cooking and salad dressings, or roast unpeeled cloves for 40-45 minutes, then peel and mash them into purées and sauces.


13. Tomatoes

This beautiful low-calorie fruit is jam-packed with nutrients and phytochemicals, which boost the body’s immune defenses. Whether in soups, sauces or salads, tomatoes are rich in vitamins C and B and also contain lots of lycopene, which appears to act as a protective factor against cancer (and may also benefit the heart). Cooked tomatoes contain more lycopene than raw, and most of the nutritional value is contained in the skin, so, ounce for ounce, cherry tomatoes are more nutritious than large ones.


14. Almonds

Two ounces of almonds give you more than 50 percent of your daily magnesium requirement—a mineral that’s important fro heart health. Eating almonds every day for at least a month has been shown to reduce cholesterol and lower other risk factors for heart disease. A study also suggests that they may reduce the risk of colon cancer. Eat them out of hand, sprinkle them in salads or grind into pastry. Almond butter is also a great alternative to peanut butter and is delicious spread in celery sticks and apple slices or made into a salad dressing (refer to Susan’s full-color book Recipes for Health Bliss over 250 delicious recipes).

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Embrace Silence & Solitude

By Dr Susan Smith Jones

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.”

“I love to be alone. I never found a companion so companionable as solitude.” Henry David Thoreau

Few would dispute that regular exercise and a wholesome natural foods diet are essential ingredients for being radiantly healthy and living a balanced, vibrant life. But I believe there are other equally important elements that are often overlooked. In the pursuit of our physical goals such as a strong, fit, well-toned, healthy body, we often neglect the importance of nurturing the emotional and spiritual sides of our being from which true happiness, peace, and fulfillment emanate. To nurture your emotional and spiritual side, two processes are tops on my list—solitude and silence, and, along with simplification, three of my most favorite health-promoting topics ever.

It was Paramahansa Yogananda who said: “We should not allow noise and sensory activities to tear down the ladder of our inner attention, because we are listening for the footsteps of God to come into our body temple.” I love that thought. Noise certainly seems to be part of our everyday lives—from the alarm clock in the morning to the traffic outside and the never-ending sounds of voices, radio, and television. Our bodies and minds appear to acclimate to these outside intrusions. Or do they?

Two decades ago, the Committee on Environmental Quality of the Federal Council for Science and Technology found that “growing numbers of researchers fear the dangerous and hazardous effects of intense noise on human health are seriously underestimated.” Similarly, the late U.S. Vice President Nelson Rockefeller noted that when people are fully aware of the damage that noise can inflict on man, “peace and quiet will surely rank along with clean skies and pure waters as top priorities for our generation.”

More recent studies, writes Michael D. Seidman, M.D., in his terrific book, Save Your Hearing Now, suggest that we pay a price for adapting to noise: higher blood pressure, heart rate, and adrenaline secretion; heightened aggression; impaired resistance to disease; and a sense of helplessness. Studies indicate that when we can control noise, its effects are much less damaging.

Sounds of Silence
While I haven’t been able to find any studies on the effects of quiet in repairing the stress of noise, I know intuitively that most of us love quiet and need it desperately. We are so used to noise in our lives that silence can sometimes feel awkward and unsettling. On vacation, for instance, when quiet prevails, we may have trouble sleeping. But choosing times of silence can enrich the quality of our lives tremendously. If you find yourself overworked, stressed-out, irritated, or tense, rather than heading for a coffee or snack break, maybe all you need is a silence break.

Everyone at some time has experienced the feeling of being overwhelmed by life. Everyone, too, has felt the need to escape, to find a quiet, secluded place to experience the peace of spirit, and to be alone with quiet thoughts. Creating times of silence in your life takes commitment and discipline. Most of the time, periods of silence must be scheduled into your day’s activities or you’ll never have any.

Maybe you can carve out times of silence while at home where you can be without radio, television, telephones, or voices. If you live in a home with other family members, the best quiet time for you may be early in the morning before the others arise. In that silence, you can become more aware, more sensitive to your surroundings, and more in touch with the wholeness of life.

From quiet time or silence, you recognize the importance of solitude. Silence and solitude go hand in hand. In silence and solitude, you reconnect with your self. Solitude helps to clear your channels, fosters peace, and brings spiritual lucidity. When you retreat from the outside world to go within, you can be at the very center of your being and reacquaint yourself with your spiritual nature—the essence of your being and all life.

Outside noise tends to drown out the inner life—the music of the soul. Only in silence and solitude can we go within and nurture our spiritual lives. Within each of us there is a silence waiting to be embraced. It’s the harbor of the heart. When you rediscover that harbor, your life will never be the same. In the Bible we read, “There is silence in heaven” (Revelations 8:1) and “For God alone my soul waits in silence” (Psalms 62:1).

Mystics, saints, and spiritual leaders have advocated periods of silence and solitude for spiritual growth. Saint John of the Cross once wrote that only in silence can the soul hear the divine. Jesus prayed much by himself and spent long hours in silent communion with God. Gandhi devoted every Monday to a day of silence. In silence, he was better able to meditate and pray, to seek within himself the solutions to all of the problems and responsibilities that he carried. When I read about Gandhi’s practice of silence and solitude several years ago, I was so inspired and moved that I decided to adopt a similar discipline in my life. So now one day each week, for two consecutive days once a month, and for several days in a row at each change of season, I spend time in solitude, silence, prayer, and fasting.

“You long for peace. You think of peace as being goodwill towards each other, goodwill among the nations, the laying down of arms. But peace is far more than this; it can only be understood and realized within your heart. It lies beneath all the turmoil and noise and clamor of the world, beneath feeling, beneath thought. It is found in the deep, deep silence and stillness of the soul. It is spirit: it is God,” writes White Eagle in one of my all-time favorite books, The Quiet Mind. Invite quiet and solitude into your life, and find that place within you where peace and stillness reside.

How do you feel about being alone? Aloneness is quite different from loneliness. In the book Courage to Be, Paul Tillich expressed this idea beautifully when he wrote the following: “Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.”

Loneliness is something you do to yourself. Have you ever experienced feeling lonely even when you’re with other people? We’re so used to being with others and so unaccustomed to being by ourselves that we have, in a sense, become a people and not persons. We must reclaim ourselves and reconnect with our wholeness and the peace of solitude.

Choose to Make Solitude Your Friend
Everyone needs times of privacy and solitude. In my counseling, I always encourage couples to spend occasional time alone, not only daily, but also at regular intervals during the week, month, and year. In this way, you regain your identity as individuals. You bring so much more to the marriage when you come from feeling whole, complete, and strong. Solitude fosters these qualities.

With a little creativity, a marriage can accommodate solitude and privacy. I have witnessed all types of arrangements, including separate vacations, private rooms in the house, living separately during the week and coming together on weekends, and having special times during the day in which each person is left alone.

I know several people who do everything possible to preclude being alone. Often this is because they have never tried it, they are afraid of loneliness, or they simply are uncomfortable with themselves. They haven’t yet discovered the peace of their own company. It’s not scary to be by yourself; it’s absolutely wonderful! Loneliness is not a state of being; it’s a state of mind. You can choose to change your state of mind.

I realize that I live my life differently from most. I go to great lengths to secure my time of solitude and privacy. It’s a great comfort to me to be by myself; it’s like returning home to an old friend or lover after being away too long. Solitude is not a luxury; it is a right and a necessity.

Through the years, I have gone on several vision quests. A vision quest is a time of solitude during which you can take time for looking into your soul, finding a new direction or path, or simply reconnecting with your Higher Self. On these occasions, I usually go to the mountains or the ocean for a time of prayer, meditation, fasting, reflection, and aloneness. I spend much of my time outdoors, being open to the beauty and love all around me. In this peaceful, reflective time, the earth, the sky, the wind, the animals, the incredible beauty, and the divine order of everything take on a new and personal meaning. I commune with the trees, the moon, the flowers, and the animals. My vision quests always show me that the most profound lessons in life come to us through nature, solitude, and silence.

It is my contention that all of the other good things we endeavor to provide for ourselves, including sound nutrition, daily exercise, and material wealth, will be of reduced value unless we learn to live in harmony with ourselves, which means knowing ourselves and finding peace in our own company. This peace is a natural occurrence of spending time alone in silence. In spending time alone, we realize that we are never really alone and that we can live more fully by focusing on inner guidance rather than on externalities.

Embrace solitude. Walk in silence among the trees, in the mountains, by the ocean, with the sun and moon as your friends. Be by yourself, and experience a whole new way of celebrating yourself and life. Feel the heartbeat of silence. Bathe in its light and love. Know within yourself that you are a child of God, and in your silence is Heaven.

When from our better selves we have too long
Been parted by the hurrying world, and droop,
Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired,
How gracious, how benign, is Solitude. William Wordsworth

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is your gateway to vibrant health, youthful vitality, and a peaceful, joy-filled life. Anyone searching for guidance on how to minimize stress, accelerate fat loss, ramp up energy, and bring your goals and dreams to fruition, will be truly inspired by this e-book.

If you are searching for an antidote to stress, fatigue, and an unhappy life, SIMPLIFY • DETOXIFY • MEDITATE is perfect for you. Your quest for guidance on how to live an inspiring life and create success, happiness, and peace is over.

All that you are looking for can and will be found in these pages. Dr. Susan’s powerful words will take you deep into the intricacies of why so many people self-sabotage their goals and dreams. You’ll find that there is a way to live and create an empowered self. If you want to create optimal health—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually—then you have found the perfect match for a balanced life. This book’s timeless content is essential reading for everyone worldwide." Nick Lawrence, Radio/TV Talk Show Host

"Wherever you are on your path to health, the vast array of knowledge that you find here will improve your life in all areas if you will simply apply it.

This book is filled with pearls of inspiration that you won’t find anywhere else. It will help you dispel confusion and answer questions that you might have about how to eat the foods necessary to create the vibrant health you so deserve.

It will reveal Dr. Susan’s secrets to finding the internal power to break free from old habits, look and feel younger, boost the metabolism so weight loss comes easily, strengthen your immunity, and diseaseproof your life. You will learn to create high self-esteem, strengthen your intuition,and bring your highest dreams and goals to fruition." Ellen Tart-Jensen, Ph.D., D.Sc., Author of Health is Your Birthright.


For more than three decades, Susan Smith Jones, Ph.D., has been one of the world’s most recognizable names and faces in the fields of health, fitness, and balanced living. In addition to being the author of 17 books and a variety of audio programs, and hundreds of magazine articles.

Susan holds a B.A. in Psychology and a PH.D. in Health Sciences and taught students, staff, and faculty at UCLA how to be healthy and fit for 30 years. A frequent guest on talk shows, she is also renowned as a holistic health consultant and a much sought-after motivational speaker. Susan has assisted thousands of people in becoming more aware of how their food and lifestyle choices affect their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.

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When I think of someone who has profoundly affected my life and health for the better, the only name that comes to mind is Dr. Susan Smith Jones. She has been a popular and frequent guest on my radio shows. In fact, because I respect her and the nature of her work so much, I have on occasion asked her to substitute for me when I’ve had to miss a show. I trust her message implicitly, not only for what her work has done for me, but for the countless numbers of people around the world who follow her inspiring words of encouragement and healthy living tenets. Whether on the air or visiting in person, we often talk about how to live a sacred, balanced life—with integrity, commitment, and passion. Often, our discussions touch on a variety of holistic health topics essential to vibrant well-being, including her 7-day program, which is inspiring and very practical. You can count on Dr. Susan’s guidance on how to reduce stress, look and feel years younger, disease-proof the body, and live with serenity. In addition, these wonderful tips will motivate you to create healthier meals, live closer to Nature, and enjoy a sacred balance and empowerment so that you can bring your goals and dreams to fruition.

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 25 Suggestions For Creating the Life You Really Want by Dr Eve Wood (from her latest book "The Gift of Betrayal")

We are all set up by our past histories to expect and replay old dynamics. But, if we want to experience different outcomes, we have to be extremely careful not to keep doing what we did. I am sure you have gotten trapped in some of the patterns I will be addressing below. Look for what you need to hear in the suggestion list I've created. Pick out, choose, and act on the recommendations that you need to adopt. (I've have had to use all of them at times.you may too!)

What are the minute-to-minute and day-to-day pitfalls you need to face and master? I'm going to give you a series of 25 suggestions. The issues I will be covering are among the most common ones I see in intimate relationships in my clinical practice. Most of what you will be reading below applies to any relationship. So, while the focus in the wording is on "partnerships", the lessons are actually crucial to healthy functioning in every setting! Think about how these points relate to your experiences in your friendships, parenting activities, and work places

Creating the life you really want
1.  Don't be a fix it person. Be a partner.
2.  Don't let your worry about hurting someone's feelings keep you mum. That kind of silence always backfires!
3.  Ask for what you want and need. No one can read your mind.
4.  Beware of trying too hard to please. You stop being yourself when you do that.
5.  Let go of the need to control or to micro-manage. Your partner will resent it, and you'll burn out.
6.  Give it time. Don't respond out of anger or hurt. Think through what you want to say before speaking.
7.  Own what is yours. Don't criticize or blame others for your bad days or mistakes.
8.  Apologize for your insensitivity, error, or nastiness if you've done something hurtful.even if the other person played a part.
9.  Don't be too quick to give in or give up. But realize there is a time and a place for deferring or dropping it.
10. Stay in the present. Avoid future forecasting and worrying about what will happen.
11. Keep in mind that all relationships are work. Sometimes you will want to blow your partner off, or blow it all up, even if you are living your heart's desire. Keep asking yourself: Is it good enough?
12. Trust your gut. Your intuitive wisdom never lies.
13. Let go. Avoid getting attached to any outcome. The tighter you hold on to your expectations, the more life you will squeeze out of your relationships.
14. Be yourself. Always!
15. Whenever you find yourself questioning whether you belong with your life partner, ask yourself how you usually feel in his arms. Often, that's all you really need to know. For instance, if the world falls away and you're regularly at peace, you probably belong together. If, on the other hand, you often don't want to be near him, it's probably time to establish some distance.
16. Don't expect any one person to meet all your needs. No one can!
17. Be reasonable and forgiving. Remember, everyone has bad days, and falls short sometimes.
18. Be flexible about "give and take". Sometimes you'll need more from your partner and sometimes your partner will need more from you. When you both are needy and stressed, don't fight! Call for reinforcements!
19. Remind yourself that you will both experience ancient pains, fears, and trust issues in your current relationship. But, they may not be about what's happening now. You have a lot of traumatic history and patterns to reprogram. Talk about your feelings and experiences with one another to get clarity and perspective. (Talk to friends and therapists too.) Banish blame. And, check out what is really going on. Doing so will be very healing.
20. Rest easy: Sometimes you just need to sleep on it before you know what's bugging you or what you need to do. Trust that you will be given what you need, exactly when you need it!
21. Say "thank you", "I love you", and "you're the best" whenever it occurs to you!
22. Do nice things for others and let them know how much it means to you when they do nice things for you. It's very easy to take one another for granted.
23. Beware of attributing motivation to your partner's behavior. Don't assume you know why he did something. If his action hurt you, ask him about his intention. Chances are you are wrong in your assumption.
24. Make time for fun. All work and no play kills romance, friendship, and love! Schedule breaks, dates, and get-ways.
25. Focus on what really matters. Don't sweat the small stuff.and most of what consumes our energy is the small stuff!

Once you have these 25 suggestions down, you will be well on your way to creating your heart's desire! One of the most important factors in moving on with your life is changing your life for the better. Don't let old tapes and patterns keep you stuck. You can create a glorious future!

About Dr Eve A. Wood
Eve A. Wood, MD is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine. A practicing psychiatrist, author, speaker and consultant, Dr. Wood is a pioneer in the field of integrative psychiatry.

Dr. Wood has served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Executive Committee of the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital, written articles for medical and professional publications, lectured widely to professional and lay audiences, appeared on over 120 radio programs and been the guest on many television programs in major cities. Dr. Wood has her own call-in radio show, Healing Your Body, Mind and Spirit, which airs every Tuesday at 3pm PST on Hay Hourse Radio.

Dr Wood's books and kits include:
  • 10 Steps to Take Charge of Your Emotional Life: Overcoming Anxiety, Distress and Depression Through Whole-Person Healing
  • There's Always Help; There's Always Hope: An award-winning psychiatrist shows you how to heal your body, mind and spirit
  • Stop Anxiety Now kit
  • What am I Feeling and What does it Mean kit
  • The Gift of Betrayal
Dr Wood's Website is at

 Four Keys to Permanent Weight Loss

By Rena Greenberg

Have you been struggling to keep your weight down—fighting with yourself?  Do you feel that maintaining your ideal weight is an uphill battle?  If so, then I want to share with you four keys that will help pave the way to effortless and even joyful weight loss. 

I invite you to think of your decision to lose weight as nothing more than an excuse to embark on a journey of self-discovery and self-love.  In the process, by following these four keys, not only can you allow your physical body to grow strong and healthy, but your inner self can mature and develop into the greatest expression of you!

Key #1: Accept and Tolerate Discomfort

One of the greatest sources of pain we experience as human beings stems from our resistance to discomfort.  We don’t want to believe that pain in one form or another (mental, emotional or physical) is a part of life.  We label it pain—but actually discomfort could be more realistically viewed as constriction.

When we observe nature, we can see clearly that nature involves both expansion and constriction, life and death, growth and stagnation, light and dark.  These same polarities exist within ourselves and yet we spend so much time seeking the joy, light, and pleasure—that we inadvertently increase our level of pain (and the mistaken choices that result from that quest).

How is this possible?  Because when we contract against the natural constriction that occurs within—as if we were warding off a fierce wind—it actually brings more attention to this powerful force that we consider dark.  What we focus on and react to seeps into the forefront of our reality, thereby influencing our thoughts and actions in a “negative” way.

For example, let’s say you wake up and your energy is low.  You notice that you feel irritable and out of sorts.  Your thoughts are  judging and disapproving and you feel disappointed. When you feel into your body, you observe that your jaw is locked and there’s a knot in your stomach. You now have a choice.  What you might do is tell yourself that this is not how you want to be feeling and make up a story to yourself about why you feel the way you do e.g. “You know, if only my boss wasn’t so intense about that project, I wouldn’t have to feel this way.  He is such a _______”

Since this thought process doesn’t really bring you much comfort, you now proceed to get dressed uneasily as you brew a pot of coffee.  As you sip the coffee and the caffeine fills your senses, you perceive some relief from your thoughts and the tightness in your body.  You shrug off your life situation as something to live with and drive to work.  On the way, you find yourself pulling in to Dunkin’ Donuts to “give yourself some pleasure” as a reprieve from what you perceive to be the challenges that lie ahead. 

The problem with this approach of wanting to avoid pain is that by 4 p.m. you are feeling exhausted from your crash from the caffeine and sugar, even more deflated than you felt when you first woke up.  Now you need another “fix” of something to take you out of the stupor you have sunk into.  So now your problems have multiplied.  Not only do you physically feel as constricted as you felt when you arose earlier in the day, but you have the added discomfort in your body from your poor choices of food and drink (and lack of deep breathing, inner centering and physical exercise).

When we can tolerate the ebb and flow of our feelings and our bodily sensations (and our thoughts), and stay on course with our vision for our life, despite these ups and downs, then we are much less the “victim” of transient states and more the creator of our greater experience of life. When we accept pain as part of the cycle of our existence, then pleasure becomes our driving force for getting what we want.

I am not choosing to eat that bread and pasta as a means to distract myself from an argument with my spouse or best friend, but rather I prefer to eat mostly salads, greens and good sources of protein, such as hormone-free meat or fish with healthy fat like olive oil, because no matter how I feel on this particular day, in the big picture of my life, I have made a decision to honor and care for my body. It’s really about making the connection between what I put into my body and how I am likely to feel later, notwithstanding the normal ups and downs of life. 

During some parts of the month the moon will be fuller than others.  On some days you will naturally feel more motivated to exercise than others.  This is why you can not let your daily moods impact your commitment to yourself.

Key # Two: Create a vision for your life.

Decide what you want.  Know that you are strong inside and that you can weather your inner storms.  There will be days when you feel like sticking to your plan and days when you won’t.  But if you see yourself as a person who exercises, then you will know this to be true about yourself and follow through.  No matter what happens, you exercise in one form or another—even if it’s nothing more than climbing up and down the stairwell at work for ten minutes on a busy day. 

How can you convince your subconscious mind—the driver of all your choices—that this is indeed true?  You can do this by planting new positive and empowering suggestions.  Tell yourself—“I am a person who exercises every day.  I love to move my body.  My stomach is getting flatter every day.  I love working out—that’s when I feel most alive and burn up all my stress.  I am growing younger and more alive!  I move my body easily . . .”

You have to know that your vision for your life is about creating a deep pleasure that fills you in your core with gratitude and joy.  Accept that you will still have moments of discomfort and constriction, just as the most beautiful rose may bear the beating of a strong, whipping storm from time to time.  Rather than establishing eating, lifestyle and thought habits that serve as an ineffective means to ward away feelings of fatigue, shame, anger, grief or regret, accept that these feelings come and go like the weather and the only way to perpetuate positive feelings is to create an inner vision and allow it to guide you. 

Key # 3:   Commit to Acting With Integrity

Acting with integrity may be the most important key to success.  When you make a promise to yourself or someone else—keep it. When you make a mistake, apologize for it.  When you receive a gift of any sort, give thanks for it.

Integrity may look like different things to different people.  For some, acting with integrity would mean offering support to a person in need who crosses your path.  This is certainly a very admirable course of action, and a great example to set for yourself and others. 

However, what I am talking about here is having the integrity to honor your commitments to yourself.  If you tell yourself that you are eliminating white flour for two weeks and then toss that decision to the wind when your waiter arrives at your table with a bread-basket in hand, you begin to lose faith in yourself. You begin to doubt and distrust yourself and your word means nothing to you. 

Feelings of remorse become inevitable and what’s worse is that regret is often accompanied by harsh judgments about yourself:  “I have no willpower,” and the underlying belief you have

about yourself is, “I can’t trust you.”  Self-reflection as opposed to self-condemnation would be a much more productive course of action when you make a mistake.  Ask yourself, “What can I learn from this?”  Perhaps you set the bar too high.  Maybe it was unrealistic to think that you could abstain from wheat products at such a busy time in your life.  If that is the case, then to act with integrity you could apologize to yourself for your mistake and take some time to determine what you really need to do for yourself to make your vision for your life—living at your ideal weight—your reality.  Mistakes are a wonderful thing IF we learn from them. 

When you make your next commitment to yourself, keep it realistic:  I am going to do some form of activity every single day—and stick to it!  When your belief about yourself changes and you truly know that your word is as good as gold, then you will achieve your goal—regardless of life’s interruptions that intervene from day to day, and the fluctuating energy of the people around you.

Key #4:  Affirm Your Strength!

Use affirmations to enhance your integrity, your commitment to yourself, and your ability to tolerate the discomforts in life. 

Read, write and recite affirmations.  Think of them as a form of prayer.  They absolutely work because they help you attune to your own greater nature. The secret to success with positive self-talk is to say your positive phrases with emotion, as if they had already manifested..  Feel what it would be like if your declaration were true for you. Affirmations are a wonderful tool to tap into that 90% of your brain that you have not been using.  Here are some examples:

“Even though ________________is happening, I love and accept myself exactly as I am.”
“I love and care for my body.  I prefer healthy foods that nourish me.”
“I LOVE to exercise my body.  It’s a joy and a privilege to move my body.  I find ways to sneak in exercise throughout the day.”

“I let go of the past and say YES to a wonderful today and an even better tomorrow.”

“I trust the process of life.  I surrender my need to control life.  I am strong and in control.”

Refer to these four keys every day, and you will find that your life begins to move in a new direction. When discomfort inevitably taps on your shoulder, take a few deep breaths and surrender to what life has for you in this moment.  Remember that it only is this moment that you can experience.
 When your mind wants to jump to the conclusion that the situation at hand is intolerable or destined to continue eternally, shift your perspective to remember the earth hurtling through space – and the tiny speck that you are on this earth (and the tiny specks the other people in your life are, too).  Give yourself compassion for the feelings flowing through you..  Breathe space and love into yourself . . . remember your vision . . . treat yourself with integrity and affirm your own beauty, strength and goodness!

About Rena Greenberg

Rena Greenberg is the author of The Right Weigh: Six Steps to Permanent Weight Loss used by over 100,000 People (Hay House Publishing 2006) and The Craving Cure: Break the Hold Carbs and Sweets Have on Your Life (McGraw-Hill 2007). She conducts weight loss seminars using hypnosis at hospitals throughout the country on a regular basis.  Rena’s program been featured in over 35 television stories, including nationally on  FOX TV. She can be reached through her website at www.EasyWillpower.com

 Coming of Age: Emotions in Adolescence
By Dr Christiane Northrup, M.D.

During puberty, the degree to which we are supported to become who we really are by our families and social networks is the degree to which we will bloom and remain healthy.

When we are not fully supported in becoming who we really are, however, we are at increased risk for developing illness or mood disorders at adolescence. Depending on our temperament, we may either suppress our individuality to fit in or individuate along lines that are foreign or unacceptable to our families in order to remain true to ourselves. Either path takes its toll both emotionally and physically.

At puberty, a girl begins to search in earnest for outside validation for her innermost hopes and dreams for herself as a young woman. When she doesn’t find what she’s looking for, or when she sees women making compromises that the males in her family or society are not asked to make, she quite naturally becomes angry, frightened, or disappointed. That’s part of the reason for adolescent rebellion. It’s a natural consequence when a girl’s longings and sense of unlimited possibilities run headlong into the limitations and compromises she sees in the lives of her parents and other adults. Her unbridled passions are not yet tempered by a fully developed dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (or DLPC), nor has she had to deal with the realities of adult burdens and responsibility.

If her emotions aren’t validated and redirected in a positive way, her disappointment, anger, and anxiety may turn inward as depression, moodiness, or physical illness or it could turn outward as hostility toward peers, parents, or other authority figures. Another possibility is that it can become a setup for self-destructive behavior of all kinds, including substance abuse, getting involved in destructive relationships, or engaging in multiple body piercing and tattoos. Most girls, however, reach a new emotional set point and calm down toward the middle to end of high school.

The stormy emotions associated with adolescence can be weathered far more effectively if you realize that all emotions are simply messages from our inner guidance system. Each has a function. Each is telling us something we need to know. Each should be felt fully and then released. It’s that simple. If this doesn’t happen, or if any emotion is put down or suppressed, it can cause illness.

If your daughter becomes moody or "mouthy," give her a lot of space and don’t try to cheer her up or "fix" her emotions. Let her discover the inner guidance that will help her reach her own solutions. However, she also needs to realize that her feelings affect others. If she says "I don’t want to talk about it" when you query her obvious sadness, tell her it’s okay to feel sad, but that she needs to figure out how to solve her problem in a way that doesn’t negatively impact everyone else in the family. Let her know you’re available if she wants to talk about whatever is troubling her, but that it’s not okay for her to sit sullenly at the dinner table without saying a word, holding everyone else hostage.

Despite the pervasive influence of the mass media and mass culture, our daughters can learn that their own inner wisdom and intuitive voice are far more potent guides to a life of fulfillment, health, and joy than anything outside themselves. Once they learn to identify and trust this voice, they will be far less apt to get caught up, at least for long, in the emptiness of meaningless relationships, frantic consumerism, or using addictive substances and processes whose purpose is simply to numb pain and awareness.

Mother-Daughter Wisdom, by Christiane Northrup, M.D., Chapter 15, "Coming of Age: Body, Brain, and Soul at Puberty" Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, by Christiane Northrup, M.D., Chapter 5, "The Menstrual Cycle"

© Christiane Northrup, M.D. Excerpted with permission from Mother-Daughter Wisdom (Bantam, 2005).
Christiane Northrup, M.D., women’s health and wellness pioneer, is the New York Times best-selling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause. Her fourth book, The Secret Pleasures of Menopause (Hay House, 2008), is now available at www.drnorthrup.com.
For the latest information from Dr. Northrup, including articles like this, visit her Web site www.drnorthrup.com and join Dr. Northrup's exclusive Women's Wisdom Circle.

 What is a healthy relationship?
by Dr. Eve Wood

(Based on Dr. Wood’s kit, What Am I Feeling and What Does It Mean available at Amazon.com)

We humans are imperfect beings who will always make mistakes. And none of us are mind-readers. So, in every one of our relationships, we are going to fall short some of the time. We will forget one another’s birthdays, interrupt each other when speaking, lose our tempers and impulsively say hurtful things.

We will try our best to buy each other the perfect gifts and inadvertently hurt or insult one another with our choices. We’ll make commitments we forget to keep, lose track of what’s most important to one another and assume the worst of those around us when we have no right or reason to do so.

Relationships are challenging, difficult, and fraught with complications. And every so often, most of us will want to walk away from the pain of a partnership that is overwhelmingly stressful at the time. We will feel the need to “get out of here!” And maybe even the desire never to come back.

Relationships are crucial to our survival and fulfillment in life. So we don’t want to blow them off or up… if they are more beneficial than not. So, what is a good enough or healthy relationship? And how can you make the good enough ones work?

A healthy relationship is mutually respectful, interdependent but not co-dependent, and life-enhancing. When you are in a healthy relationship, you feel comfortable being yourself. You don’t need to pretend to like things you hate, or do things you want to avoid. Your friends celebrate your successes with you, and grieve your pains by your side. You feel safe and cared about. And, as a result, want to share yourself. You look forward to time together, and miss one another when you’re apart. You feel good in healthy relationships and want to give of yourself to help your friends thrive and succeed.

Healthy relationships enhance your life.But, remember, no one is perfect and no relationship is either. So, even when you’re in a good relationship, you will experience times of hurt, pain, anger, devaluation, and a need for space. It’s just that, for the relationship to be healthy or growthful for you, the positive times have to outweigh the negative ones.

Whenever you devote enough attention, care, and respect to your own inner experiences in a relationship, you will be able to figure out whether that relationship is good enough, healthy enough, growthful enough, and life-enhancing enough for you.

Perhaps it’s obvious, and goes without saying, that any relationship that feels abusive, devaluing, smothering, hostile or unsafe is unhealthy and dangerous. And, it’s one to get out of or avoid. But, I feel the need to say that so many of us have learned, by example and teaching, to tolerate the intolerable. In my clinical practice, I’ve helped many people work really hard to recognize that their friendships, partnerships or marriages were abusive and self-destructive. And, I’ve helped them work just as hard to alter their beliefs about what they were entitled to, and to muster the courage to get out from under the abusive involvements.

You may be in an abusive, disrespectful, unsafe or unhealthy relationship right now. If so, I want you, to know and hear from me, a medical doctor, and relationship expert that you deserve much more. You are not meant to suffer.

You are a wonderful, beautiful, divine being. You are meant to survive and thrive. And, we all need what you have to offer. Please love and honor yourself enough to get out… You can, and deserve, to find inner peace! Use any resources that speak to you on your journey. You can heal and find healthy love!
Eve A. Wood, MD. Excerpted from the What Am I Feeling and What Does It Mean kit (Hay House, 2008) available from Amazon.com

About Dr Eve A. Wood
Eve A. Wood, MD is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine. A practicing psychiatrist, author, speaker and consultant, Dr. Wood is a pioneer in the field of integrative psychiatry.

Dr. Wood has served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Executive Committee of the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital, written articles for medical and professional publications, lectured widely to professional and lay audiences, appeared on over 120 radio programs and been the guest on many television programs in major cities. Dr. Wood has her own call-in radio show, Healing Your Body, Mind and Spirit, which airs every Tuesday at 3pm PST on Hay Hourse Radio.

Dr Wood's books and kits include:
  • 10 Steps to Take Charge of Your Emotional Life: Overcoming Anxiety, Distress and Depression Through Whole-Person Healing
  • There's Always Help; There's Always Hope: An award-winning psychiatrist shows you how to heal your body, mind and spirit
  • Stop Anxiety Now kit
  • What am I Feeling and What does it Mean kit


 Experience Health Bliss by Susan Smith Jones, PhD ©
(Excerpt from Susan’s book—HEALTH BLISS)

Take Charge of Your Health & Life

Changes that were once labeled milestones of growing older—such as high blood pressure, fragile bones, significant memory loss, wrinkles, reduced vision and lack of energy and libido—are no longer considered inevitable. The diet and lifestyle choices I recommend in this book will help you look and feel vibrantly healthy.

My reason for writing this book is really quite simple: I have a passion for writing—for sharing my thoughts, experiences and research on being healthy, happy and fully alive, and a desire to help make a positive difference in people’s lives. As you read, I hope that you feel like we are sitting across from each other, and I’m talking to you personally. I already know that we have lots in common, since you’ve chosen to read a book on how to eat and live healthfully and how to be the very best you can be.

As a health researcher, teacher, lecturer, counselor and lifestyle coach for 35 years, I’ve learned that the secrets to joy and fulfillment in this life are found in the practice of holistic health, optimal nutrition and balanced living. My friends and clients call me the “Nature Foods Lady” and “The Nature Girl” because I always look to nature for answers to life’s ongoing health questions.

If you are new to my work, here’s my health philosophy in a nutshell, beautifully described by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Health is our greatest wealth.” If you think about this sage advice, I’m sure you’ll agree. Fortunately, regardless of your age, your current level of health, or your current diet or living habits, you can, at any moment, choose differently. Your new, better choices will lead to a healthier and happier life than you ever thought possible.

If you are a “baby boomer” like I am, keep in mind that changes that were once labeled milestones of growing older—such as high blood pressure, fragile bones, significant memory loss, wrinkles, reduced vision and lack of energy and libido—are no longer considered inevitable. The diet and lifestyle choices I recommend in this book (and practice myself) will help you look and feel vibrantly healthy and alive at any age. I feel as young and exuberant as I ever did—and you can, too!

Your level of health, right this moment, is the result of the countless choices you have made regarding your diet, exercise, thought processes, beliefs, and expectations. Undoubtedly, many of these choices have been poor ones. But you can use your past mistakes and learn from them. However, you must start with a commitment.
Specifically, are you willing to make a commitment to your health?

A commitment to health begins with appreciating, respecting and loving your magnificent body. One of the most important things that you can learn in life is to appreciate yourself. As you open your heart to your own self-worth and to the divine essence of all humanity, you access the most powerful healer of all, the healing power of love. And the human body is, indeed, a miracle of love’s creation. The more I study the human body, the more I am amazed and in awe at how beautifully it is designed. Clearly, your body is a fantastic creation that deserves reverence and respect.

Your body is a remarkable feedback machine. If you listen, you will discover that it actually talks to you. When you get a headache, for instance, your body is trying to tell you something. Listen to your body’s signals with health, balance and peace as your goals. The key here is your willingness to listen and act. Start today to tune in more to your body.

Most people think that the way to handle a headache is to reach for a bottle of aspirin. They think that it is normal to have a headache, but they are mistaken. While headaches (and the countless other aches and pains that people experience) are certainly common, health is the truly normal state. Disease is an aberration, caused either by harm you’ve done to yourself or that others have done to you.

Collectively, Americans have been making some very poor choices. Just look at all of the commercials on television and the advertisements in magazines and newspapers. Whatever you are suffering from—headache, constipation, sleepless nights, diarrhea, indigestion, skin rashes, high blood pressure, impotency . . . fill in the blank—the advertisers have a miracle pill, powder or potion for you. We’ve come to believe that things outside ourselves are the keys to health and well-being. We’ve become a self-medicating society because we don’t really understand how beautifully robust the human body is.

Each of us needs to be reminded that our bodies are magnificently equipped to meet life’s problems when supplied with the simple and easily obtainable requisites of health.

Choose to Make Positive Changes

I have some astonishing news for you. It’s normal to be able to go to sleep at night without taking a pill. It’s normal not to have headaches, sinus problems, hemorrhoids, constipation and shaky hands. It’s normal to be well. We just need to stop doing the things that cause the problems in the first place. When you live more from inner guidance, closer to nature, you can enrich the quality of your life and the quality of life on this planet.

It’s simply a matter of choice. And it all begins, as mentioned above, with appreciating, respecting and taking loving care of your body. The body reflects the mind, and the mind reflects the spirit, so choosing to make positive changes with your body is a good place to start.

This book focuses primarily on how to take the best care of your body—starting today—by choosing to eat healthful foods and taking steps to improve a variety of other necessary lifestyle habits. You see, it’s really not about making major lifestyle or food changes; rather, it’s about making simple, effective lifestyle choices. What you eat, how much you move or sleep, what you think, how you deal with stress, how much water you drink, how many bad habits you can discard and how much your social relationships support you—these factors have a profound effect on health, longevity and quality of life.

Of the many positive steps you can take, three are eminently under your control: what you eat, how much you move (physical activity), and what you think about. You have the ability to change all three of those at any time. For example, you are the one who decides what you eat or drink; nobody, I hope, shoves the food down your throat. If you want to be vibrantly healthy, free from disease and filled with energy and vitality, start upgrading the foods you eat.

Most people are digging their graves with their knives and forks each and every day. While your diet is only one of the essential ingredients of vibrant health, it’s a very big one. Think about it this way. Your body is composed of over 70 trillion cells. Think of each cell as a little engine. Some of these engines work in unison, some work independently and they all work 24/7. In order for the engines to work right, they require specific fuels. If an engine is given the wrong fuel, of course it won’t be able to perform to maximum capacity. If the fuel is of a poor grade, the engine may sputter and hesitate, creating a loss of power. If the engine is given none of the fuel it needs, it will stop.

Much of the fuel for our cells comes directly from the things we eat. The food we eat contains nutrients in the form of vitamins, minerals, water, carbohydrates, fats, proteins and enzymes. Just as a car requires different forms of energy for the brakes, transmission and battery to run smoothly, all of the cells of the body require different types and amounts of nutrients, depending on their location and function in the body. These nutrients allow you to sustain life by providing your body’s cells with the basic materials they need to carry on. Each nutrient you ingest differs in form, function and amount needed; however, all of them are vital. Nutrients are involved in every bodily process, whether it be combating infection, providing energy or promoting tissue repair, but their common goal is to keep us going. Although eating has been woven into many cultural and religious practices, the essential purpose of eating is survival.

A fundamental problem for most of us is that we eat too much low-nutrient food. These poor food choices deprive our bodies of the nutrients we need. When you deprive your body of the nutrients it needs for a long enough period of time, you get sick because normal functions are impaired. Even if you are not obviously sick, you may not necessarily be healthy. It simply may be that you are not yet exhibiting any overt symptoms of illness. Unlike a car engine, which immediately malfunctions if you put water into the gasoline tank, the human body has tremendous resilience and often camouflages the repercussions of unhealthful fuel choices. By understanding the principles of holistic nutrition and knowing what nutrients you need and what foods contain them, you can improve the state of your health, stave off disease, and maintain the harmonious balance that nature intended.

One of the most sobering national statistics is that we spent $1.5 trillion on disease care last year, more per capita than any other nation in the world. But we are nowhere near the top when it comes to health. Despite our high tech therapies, we are lagging behind all of the industrialized countries and a number of developing countries, as well.

How can this be? One big reason is that there are huge food and medical industries working hard to convince us that what we eat has little or no effect on our health. We are told by industry apologists that any combination of low-nutrient, processed, chemicalized “foods” will meet our nutritional needs as long as we take plenty of vitamin pills, heartburn medicine, headache pills and other remedies. By contrast, scientists tell us that by the year 2015, over 75 percent of all Americans will be obese (with all of the diseases that accompany moribundity). You don’t need to be a Nobel Prize winner to understand that Western medicine needs to rethink how it views health and well-being, and that changes need to be made now.

Eating for Optimal Health

As study after study has shown, a high-nutrient, plantbased diet is a prerequisite for optimal health. That is why half of this book is devoted to identifying 50 of the most healthful foods—what I refer to as NATUREFOODS—and describing their benefits. I’ve also included a variety of easy-to-prepare recipes that just happen to be as delicious as they are nutritious. Add these NATUREFOODS and recipes to those you’ll find in my books The Healing Power of NATUREFOODS and BE HEALTHY~STAY BALANCED: 21 Simple Choices to Create More Joy & Less Stress to help reduce your risks of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, common forms of cancer, premature aging, vision problems and mental dysfunction.

I also describe the foods that help accelerate fat loss, increase your energy level and joie de vivre, and empower you to achieve control over your life. I list the foods in alphabetical order. Every food is backed by my extensive research and my personal experience of teaching nutrition and healthful food preparation classes (cooked and live-food cuisine) for over 30 years.

As you will discover, there’s more to radiant health than a good diet. Other essential factors must be integrated into your life if you want to maximize your health potential. These include physical factors such as fresh air, plenty of rest and sleep, exercise, sunshine, internal and external cleanliness, and the avoidance of addictions; and mental factors, such as a positive attitude, deep respect for life, high self-esteem, daily respites of solitude and silence, a sense of belonging, and an awareness and trust in your Higher Power, God, or whatever you choose to call this loving presence.

I also encourage you to explore practices such as meditation, deep breathing, intentional profuse sweating (saunas) and body balancing. Finally, it’s essential to keep stress to a minimum. While it’s probably impossible to live without any stress at all, you can still choose to deal with your daily stresses in a healthy way. You’ll learn about all of these topics in the pages of this book. For more in-depth information about these and other holistic health practices, please refer to my other titles, CHOOSE TO LIVE PEACEFULLY, WIRED TO MEDITATE and EVERYDAY HEALTH—Pure & Simple.

For now, let’s take a closer look at how too much stress can play havoc with your body and undermine your best intentions to create health bliss and your best life.

Unmanaged Stress Precludes Health Bliss

Lisa was a hard-working single mother of two in her late thirties, on the verge of becoming a partner in a law firm. In addition to putting in long hours at her office, she commuted ninety minutes each way in heavy traffic. When she finally arrived home for the evening, she was greeted by screaming rap music blasting from her teenage son’s room. With no time to call her own, Lisa felt like she had an endless list of things to do that never got completed. Although she tried to watch her diet and to squeeze in two to three hours a week on her home treadmill, she was gaining weight monthly. Even more alarming, Lisa hadn’t had a period in over a year. She was too young to be entering menopause, although she confessed that she felt twenty years older than her actual age.

At our very first session, Lisa spoke to me through uncontrollable tears. In addition to admitting that she was having a hard time just getting out of bed in the morning, she said that she had been feeling a crippling despair for years, ever since she discovered her husband’s addictions to gambling and infidelity. Just a few months after her
divorce, when Lisa thought she was beginning to get her life back together, her mother died of cancer. Three weeks after the funeral, her daughter was in a serious automobile accident.

Although her family, friends and neighbors all applauded her outward strength and ability to rise above these challenges and tragedies, inside she felt like she was losing control of herself and her life.

As I listened to Lisa’s story, it became clear that she was in the midst of a severe depression. I explained to her that the physiological root of depression is often the chronic, overwhelming floods of hormones that release during times of extreme stress. I also mentioned that depression can be viewed as a form of self-hatred as well as anger with no place to go.

For Lisa, and millions of people like her, finding ways to relieve stress would make the difference between waking refreshed—and bounding out of bed ready to face the day, or waking in a fog of depression—wanting to stay in bed and hiding under a dark blanket of despair. When you fight rush-hour traffic or face a wall of rap music at the end of a demanding day, your brain, with the best of intentions, sounds an alarm. Your heart rate accelerates, your blood sugar soars, and an army of endorphins marches out to dull potential pain. A wave of neurotransmitters—serotonin among them—spreads the alarm from cell to cell throughout your nervous system.

The hypothalamus also gets in on the act, releasing a hormone called CRH that signals for the release of other hormones. Meanwhile, the adrenal glands atop the kidneys send out the stress hormones adrenaline, DHEA, and cortisol, also known as steroid hormones. These substances are usually body-friendly and serve to protect us by increasing our alertness and strength to help us do what needs to be done. The problem comes when the stress is prolonged and the chemicals’ normal routes change—serotonin tends to hasten away too quickly; DHEA can make itself scarce; cortisol can overstay its welcome.

Cortisol’s Role in Stress & Hormone Balance
Produced by the adrenal glands and commonly known asthe “stress hormone,” cortisol helps the body cope with all types of stress, from infection to fright, from a major job change or move to a new home, from a wedding to a divorce, and from birth to death. Whether you are facing an emergency, an accident, a confrontation, or just doing your job or getting some exercise, cortisol is there to get you up and going, to help get you through the day.

Cortisol helps determine how the proteins, carbohydrates and fats from your diet are utilized. For example, cortisol influences the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose so the body can use them for energy. Cortisol also influences the breakdown of protein into amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and they are also the building blocks of the immune system, blood vessels, muscles and other tissues. Thus, the immune system, blood vessels and muscles all rely on cortisol for strength and proper function. Cortisol prevents the loss of too much sodium from the body and helps maintain blood pressure as well. It also helps to suppress reactions such as pain, allergic reactions and inflammation.

Perhaps most interesting of all, cortisol helps the body protect itself from itself. For example, during a strenuous workout, the body breaks down fat and muscle tissue to produce energy. In order to prevent the immune system from recognizing all of these tissue molecules as foreign invaders, the body produces more cortisol and gently suppresses the immune response so that the body does not go on red alert when it doesn’t have to.

The cortisol that can flood your system to assist you in emergencies helps to provide your body with the nutrients you need to cope with stress. That’s why it’s known as the stress hormone. Typically, once you have managed the stressful circumstances, the brain shuts off the production of cortisol, your physical reactions subside, and soon you are back to normal.

But there is another side of the cortisol story. If the brain perceives that stress is ongoing or chronic, it can override the signal to shut off cortisol production. Under those circumstances, cortisol production will stay elevated as long as the brain thinks the body needs it to cope with what it is experiencing. So, as important and necessary as cortisol is, you can have too much of it.

If too much cortisol stays in the body for too long, a damaging cycle can begin that can lead to blood sugar problems, fat accumulation, compromised immune function, exhaustion, bone loss, even heart disease. If, like Lisa, you experience one major stress after another—and if you haven’t created ways to reduce and release that stress—it can have a detrimental effect on your health.

Just like everything in nature, the body is in a continuous state of regeneration. It is constantly building itself up, tearing itself down and rebuilding itself all over again. Cortisol levels go up to provide the body with energy, but it breaks down tissue in order to do this. Once the job is done, the body has to rebuild and recuperate. That is when DHEA comes into play to help the body recuperate and get back to normal. DHEA and cortisol work together under normal conditions to handle stress.

Think back to the last time you felt a big rush of adrenaline. I felt it recently when I was invited to appear on a popular national television talk show. We experience these adrenaline rushes when we react to something that excites us, frightens us, surprises us or makes us angry. An adrenaline rush is the first in a chain reaction of hormonal events. It is the signal that sets in motion the release of cortisol and DHEA, which are the hormones that help us to take action, to get a job done and even to get our point across.

However, if you are always “under the gun”—which can mean anything from a continual struggle to make financial ends meet to traveling all the time because you are at the peak of your success in your career—then you constantly have stress hormones flooding into your bloodstream. When this happens, your adrenal glands can become overworked and exhausted. Over time, this excess wear and tear on them can be very serious, creating disease.

Given how most people live these days, it’s no wonder that 80-90 percent of diseases are stress-related. What endocrinologists have learned from studying women like Lisa, who are depressed or experiencing extended periods of stress, is that continually elevated levels of cortisol can prevent them from ovulating. The cessation of regular ovulation means that not enough estrogen and progesterone are being produced. Low estrogen levels can increase the activity of the bonemetabolizing osteoclasts.

To further complicate things, the cortisol that provides the extra calcium needed in a fight-or-flight situation also stimulates the bonemetabolizing osteoclasts. Left unchecked over a long period of time, high cortisol levels can cause the body to lose bone faster than it is able to replace it. Low levels of progesterone can lead to a host of serious problems, including weight gain, PMS symptoms, fluid retention, depression, low energy and libido, blood sugar and mineral imbalances and osteoporosis.

In a natural rhythm, the body produces much more cortisol in the morning than in the evening. This helps you to get up and get going, and also helps you to get through your day. At the end of the day, your cortisol level should be going down. One recent study demonstrated that when men come home from work, their cortisol levels go down. This is what is supposed to happen when you come home and wind down. However, the same study showed that the cortisol levels of women like Lisa, who work outside the home and still have primary responsibility for taking care of their homes and families, stay elevated at night. This is evidence that their bodies are responding to the stress of the “second shift.”

Women who have high cortisol and low DHEA levels can experience panic attacks and a strange feeling of being both anxious and exhausted at the same time.

Cortisol, Food Cravings & Weight Gain
Everyday pressures, recent surveys reveal, cause 9 out of 10 of us to look to food for comfort. In fact, almost 40 percent of Americans polled say that they always eat when they see food, and this survey didn’t even factor in how this pattern is affected when we’re under stress. But if you’re one of those people who turn to food during stressful periods in your life, don’t be hard on yourself. What at first may seem like bad eating habits, writes Pamela Peeke, M.D., a former senior scientist at the National Institutes of Health and author of Fight Fat After Forty, are, in fact, “our body’s natural reaction to stress. And strict dieting can actually make you more stressed out, and more prone to weight gain.”

Peeke says that when you’re wound up as tight as a spring, the brain sends out signals—in the form of hunger—to stockpile emergency fuel. But today, it’s not because we’re fleeing from tigers; it’s our day-to-day stresses—struggling with overdue bills, unruly teens, inconsiderate neighbors, loud rap music, relationship challenges, illness in the family, terrorist threats, unending traffic, and other environmental stimulation. So we’re left full of nervous tension, “which we often soothe by chewing,” says Dr. Peeke. And that emergency fuel we stockpiled? It stays stockpiled—as fat, of course.

What’s more, to create instant energy, the body drains its nutritional reserves. Under extreme stress, we need extra good quality protein (as you find in green vegetables and their fresh juices, legumes and other superior plant-based sources, as well as in fish such as salmon, if you eat animal products). What if we haven’t eaten that much? The body uses its own protein-rich tisues—namely muscle. Later in this book, you can read more about how important lean muscle tissue is to keeping metabolism revved, increasing fat-burning enzymes and burning more calories, even when sleeping. And for every pound of muscle destroyed through stress, our metabolism drops, burning approximately 50 fewer calories a day.

Do you ever wonder why some people appear to thrive on stress, while others suffer ill health? New studies suggest that it may not be the stress that lowers immunity, but whether you feel a sense of control over it.

In one Dutch study, scientists compared two groups of men taking a math test under a barrage of noise. Those who could adjust the noise level had little change in immune function, while those who couldn’t experienced a drop in immune-cell production. In many cases, feeling in control has more to do with your attitude than your situation. And as you’ll see later in the book, choosing to be positive and optimistic, and reminding yourself that you’re doing the best you can, will do wonders toward keeping the negative repercussions of stress at bay.

So what can we do to break the negative stress cycle? Although stress can overwhelm us at times, we can choose to take the steps necessary to keep it manageable. First, we need to understand what it means to live a balanced, joyful life. Next, we need to put that understanding into practice. Vibrant health and peace of mind (the opposite of stress) go hand in hand—you can’t reach your potential for physical health without being mentally fit as well. Making choices that integrate and heal the body, mind and spirit is what health bliss is all about.

Make a Commitment for 90 Days
I encourage you to make a commitment for 90 days—just my dietary and lifestyle suggestions as possible into your life. In this short period of time, you will look better than you have in years and also feel more youthful and empowered. In fact, if you make the commitment for 90 days, you can turn back the clock by at least 10 years!

That’s right—you can look and feel ten years younger. What do you have to lose except some extra weight, aches and pains, ailments and diseases and a negative attitude toward your body and your life? I know you can do it. Right now—right this moment—can be a fresh start for you and a new beginning. Choose to live your healthiest and best life starting today. Make health bliss a way of life for you. No more excuses! Choose to make a commitment and stay disciplined. I believe in you and salute your great adventure. And I hope to meet you in person somewhere along the way.

About Dr Susan Smith Jones

For more than three decades, Susan Smith Jones, Ph.D., has been one of the world’s most recognizable names and faces in the fields of health, fitness, and balanced living. In addition to being the author of 17 books and a variety of audio programs, and hundreds of magazine articles.

Susan taught students, staff, and faculty at UCLA how to be healthy and fit for 30 years! A frequent guest on talk shows, she is also renowned as a holistic health consultant and a much sought-after motivational speaker to community, corporate, and spiritual groups worldwide. Susan has assisted thousands of people in becoming more aware of how their food and lifestyle choices affect their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.

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 The Immune System - Your Greatest Health Asset
by Dr Sandra Cabot

Your immune system is without a doubt your greatest health asset. We need to nurture it regularly so it can continue to protect our body from the microbes that can find a home inside us. Before the age of antibiotics and immunization, infections such as tuberculosis, tetanus and meningitis caused high mortality rates in relatively young people.

When I worked in a missionary hospital in India in the 1980s, I saw the consequences of poverty, overcrowding, malnutrition, inadequate antibiotics and lack of immunization.

Today the use of antibiotics has become excessive and antibiotics are found in much of the food we consume. Although antibiotic drugs can be life-saving, the use of excessive antibiotics can breed resistant micro-organisms that become even more deadly, so that we can no longer rely on these drugs to protect us in all cases of infections. Unfortunately viral infections are not susceptible to rutine antibiotics and continue to cause diseases such as herpes, SARS, AIDS and chronic hepatitis, which are wiping out large numbers of people at a relatively young age.

Although we have powerful drugs against many of these new age viruses, these drugs are expensive and not without toxic side-effects.

The “super-viral highway”
Globalization and international jet travel enables infections to spread much more easily with devastating consequences for those who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, or practice risky behavior such as sharing dirty needles or unsafe sex. These modern day wonders have led to the existence of the “super-viral highway” via which viruses spread with alarming rapidity and unpredictability.

The scientist who genetically decoded the SARS virus has warned that viral epidemics will happen more frequently because jet travel can spread diseases world-wide within days. It’s amazing to think that one person was responsible for spreading SARS to Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Canada.

If SARS had occurred before the jet age it would probably have died out quickly. The executive director of the Genome Institute of Singapore, Doctor Edison Liu, believes developing a vaccine against the SARS virus would be very difficult because the virus is continually changing itself in minor ways (this is called mutation of the virus).

Vaccines against viruses similar in structure to the SARS virus have been tested in animals; their effects were short-lived and some made the animals ill. Human vaccines could only be tested in populations already exposed to SARS.

So more than ever before, we need a strong immune system, to reduce the chances of infections from causing serious diseases.
Immunity is the body’s ability to overcome infection, injury, inflammation and allergies. The immune system achieves this by recognizing foreign invaders and substances and neutralizing or eliminating their harmful effects.

The immune system consists of –
  • The spleen
  • The thymus gland situated behind the breast bone (the sternum)
  • The lymphatic glands and vessels
  • The white blood cells
  • Proteins called immunoglobulins
  • The bone marrow
  • The mucous lining of the respiratory tract and the intestines
  • The skin
  • The liver – indeed the liver is the protector of the immune system
  • Immune function is moderated by the hormones made by the adrenal glands.
What are the most common causes of a weakened immune system?

Advancing age
The efficiency of the immune system declines with age, dropping off at age 40 and progressively decreasing by the age of 70. Advancing age also increases the phenomena of auto-immunity so that auto-immune diseases become more prevalent.

Excessive stress
Researchers in the new field of psycho-neuro-immunology have discovered that protracted emotional/mental stress reduces resistance and impairs the function of natural killer cells that defend the body against viral infections and cancerous growths.

Exposure to excessive toxins
Excessive consumption of toxins such as alcohol, cigarettes, insecticides, petrochemicals and some medicinal drugs can reduce the function of the white blood cells, the liver, the bone marrow and the mucous membranes, making infections much more severe.

Impaired ability of the body to handle sugar, as seen in Syndrome X and diabetes.
High levels of blood sugar enable pathogenic bacteria to flourish and spread rapidly. In such cases it is important to reduce the consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates and eat more protein, legumes, nuts, seeds and raw vegetables.

A lack of protein and certain vitamins and minerals can greatly impair the ability of the immune system to fight infections and cancer. Although developed countries have a problem with “over-nutrition” and obesity, it is still common to find deficiencies of minerals and vitamins in such populations. This is because processed fast foods are often lacking in their nutrient content although they are high in calories and sugar. So over-nutrition with empty calories can cause nutritional deficiencies, which are very significant, although not as marked as those seen in third world countries where people get barely enough food to survive.

Deficiencies of the following vitamins are most important
  • Vitamin D is a very interesting substance and some researchers think it behaves more like a hormone than a vitamin. Like vitamin A, vitamin D is found in oily animal foods, fish and dairy products and is also made in the skin when the sun’s rays turn the cholesterol in the skin into vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for healthy immune function and can help those with respiratory infections and asthma.
  • Vitamin C and the Bioflavonoids
    Deficiencies of vitamin C impair many aspects of the immune system such as cellular immunity, white blood cell mobility, immunoglobulin production and killer cell efficiency. Vitamin C is a superb anti-oxidant and supports the adrenal gland production of cortisone and neutralizes free radicals caused by infections. Vitamin C exerts protective effects against cancer and the harmful actions of toxins. Bioflavonoids such as rutin and quercetin are found in many fruits, especially in the white pith of citrus fruits, and exert anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Minerals
    The most important minerals for the immune system are selenium and zinc and both are needed for cellular immunity and phagocytosis. Phagocytosis is the ability of immune cells to ingest and neutralize harmful micro-organisms such as viruses and bacteria. Doses of selenium range from 50 to 200micrograms daily. Doses of zinc range from 10 to 50milligrams daily. Organic sources of these minerals are preferred, as they are better absorbed and more effective. Both zinc and selenium can reduce the growth of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, viral infections and inflammation. Those with chronic viral infections such as herpes, hepatitis B and C, AIDS, glandular fever, and warts etc. can obtain a great improvement in the ability of their body to fight these infections.
How can diet and herbs improve my immune system?
Some vegetables contain substances with natural antibiotic effects. The most popular and effective antibiotic vegetables are garlic, onion, horseradish and ginger. Relatively small amounts of these vegetables used either in cooking, salads or raw juices are most worthwhile for those who are always coming down with infections.

Cranberries and their juice are helpful for those with recurrent bladder infections, as is vitamin C. Citrus fruits and bell peppers (capsicums) are an excellent source of disease-fighting vitamin C and bioflavonoids. Hot spicy foods such as chili peppers and curry powder can help to reduce the incidence of infections in the bowel and respiratory tract.

Raw juicing is an excellent way to strengthen your immune system, and will exert immune-boosting properties even if you do it only 2 to 3 times a week. For immune-boosting raw juice and smoothie recipes, see my book titled “Raw Juices can save your Life.” Juicing also exerts a rejuvenating effect upon the liver function, and because the liver is the protector of the immune system, this will reduce the work load of the immune system, enabling it to recover form previous assaults.

Essential fatty acids are needed for strong cell membranes, which protect the cells from invasion, oxidative damage and inflammation. Essential fatty acids must be obtained from the diet, because like vitamin C, the body cannot produce its own supply. Good sources of essential fatty acids are oily fish, cold pressed seed and vegetable oils, raw nuts and seeds and legumes. Flaxseed oil is particularly good, but must be cold pressed and fresh and kept at a cold temperature to prevent rancidity.

Herbs that can strengthen the immune system
The herb Echinacea has become very popular and some people find it helpful to ward off respiratory infections. Over 350 scientific studies have been done on Echinacea and it has a diverse range of immuno-stimulatory properties.
My favorite herb to help those with stubborn or chronic infections is an extract from the olive leaf. The active principle of olive leaf is called oleuropein, and it has been studied extensively, especially by Upjohn Pharmaceuticals. Olive leaf extract has wide-ranging anti-biotic effects against many bacteria, viruses and fungi such as candida. It is available in capsule or liquid form and can be taken as a preventative or long-term, to fight these stubborn infections.

Don’t forget the oil from the tea tree plant, which is indigenous to Australia, and is an effective topical antibiotic that can reduce skin infections. Tea tree oil is available as a topical cream, gel, a shampoo, a body wash and vaginal douche gel.

The good news about these natural antibiotic foods and herbs is that they contain many different substances which interact synergistically to fight disease-causing micro-organisms and this is why it is difficult and very rare for micro-organisms to become resistant to their effects. This is in contrast to many anti-biotic drugs, where resistance and thus ineffectiveness, has become wide spread.

About Dr Sandra McRae Cabot MBBS, DRCOG
Dr Cabot is the Medical and Executive Director of the Australian National Health Advisory Service which publishes her books and helps to raise money for women’s refuges and fire fighters in NSW.

She graduated with honours in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Adelaide in South Australia in 1975.

As part of her extracurricular medical training, she studied naturopathic medicine because at a young age she could see beyond the limitations of drug orientated medicine, which treated symptoms and not causes of disease.

Dr Cabot began her medical career in 1980 as a GP Obstetrician-Gynaecologist and practised in Sydney Australia. During the mid 1980s she spent 6 months working as a volunteer doctor at the Leyman hospital, which was the largest missionary hospital in Northern India.

Dr Cabot has written several ground breaking books –

Don’t Let Hormones Ruin Your Life
HRT – The Real Truth – balance your hormones naturally and swing from the chandeliers!
The Body Shaping Diet
The Liver Cleansing Diet
The Healthy Liver and Bowel Book
Boost Your Energy
Raw Juices can save your Life
Can’t lose weight? – You could have Syndrome X
Cholesterol - The Real Truth
The Ultimate Detox Diet
Tired of not sleeping? A holistic guide to a good night’s sleep
Alzheimer’s – what you must know to protect your brain
The Dr Sandra Cabot Recipe Collection
Bird Flu – Your Personal Survival Guide
Your Thyroid Problems Solved
Diabetes type 2 – you can reverse it naturally

Her book “The Liver Cleansing Diet” has sold over two million copies worldwide and has been translated into six languages including Arabic. The Liver Cleansing Diet Book was awarded the prestigious Australian People’s Choice Award for the most popular non fiction book in 1996.

Dr Cabot is an experienced commercial pilot and flies herself to seminars throughout Australia, often visiting remote areas. Dr Cabot and her Beechcraft Baron aircraft do regular work for the Angel Flight Charity which provides free transport for patients with chronic and severe disabilities in remote Australian areas.

Dr Cabot has conducted health seminars all over the world and is frequently asked to lecture for numerous health organisations such as The American Liver Foundation and the Annual Hepatitis Symposium.

Dr Cabot still has an active medical practice and does research into liver diseases.

Dr Cabot believes that the most important health issues for people today are –
• The control of obesity and the prevention of diabetes
• Educating our children about good diet and lifestyle
• Making hormone replacement therapy safe and as natural as possible
• The use of specific nutritional supplements to treat and prevent diseases
• Educating doctors and naturopaths so that they can work together using evidence based holistic medicine to achieve the best outcomes for patients
• The effective treatment of mental and emotional illness
• A supportive and well educated community where people have the confidence and knowledge to find the best health care.

 Nutrition: Losing Weight at Midlife
by Dr Christiane Northrup

What You Need To Know
I always say that eating high quality food is one of the easiest ways to create health on a daily basis. Yet, in many ways nutrition has become synonymous with diet and weight loss in this country. Many women find themselves gaining weight at midlife, even if they have not changed their eating or exercise habits — or because they have not! Other women find that their body shape changes, with fat accumulating around the waistline, hips and shoulders. While this is a natural process, I know firsthand that it can be frustrating, and I’ve seen many women compromise good nutrition in an effort to be thin.

In fact poor nutrition is a major reason why many women find it so difficult to lose weight. We have become accustomed to eating low-fat diets that include high-stress, low quality foods, such as the refined flours and sugars found in processed foods (think pasta and low-fat cookies). It’s important to remember that the human body has evolved over millennia to assimilate foods that are found in the natural world. Therefore, we function best when we eat these natural foods, not imitations.

But, there are also other factors at work at midlife: First, women experience a metabolic slowdown of about 10–15 percent at midlife compared to earlier in life, making our bodies more efficient at taking in and storing fat. Nature designed us this way in order to help us survive on less food as we get older and potentially less able to fend for ourselves. Body fat also helps us produce estrogen and androgens when our ovaries no longer produce them at the same rate. That’s all well and good for a hunter–gatherer lifestyle, but today, our culture is constantly telling us we can never be too thin.

The good news is that there are ways to negotiate this midlife metabolic shift and rebalance your hormones without any significant weight or fat gain — and you can do it without compromising good nutrition. The key to this lies in understanding all of the elements of total nutrition, which include emotional nutrients, energetic nutrients and physical nutrients, and not just the right amount of protein, carbohydrates and fat. Understanding these will help you change your attitude about self-nourishment. When you do this, your body composition and your self-esteem will be transformed as well. This is the only way I’ve found I can be both well nourished and successful in managing my weight.

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It has been my experience that countless women are drawn to food approaches such as macrobiotics or The Zone out of concern for their weight as much as their health. Many of the newer diet books address both simultaneously. I agree with this approach, but like to take it one step further. Whether you are looking to improve your nutrition because of health concerns or to lose weight, it helps to get clear about your dietary truths. Once you are able to do this, reaching your body’s optimal composition and creating health through food come simultaneously.

That being said, what I have found works best for me and for many women is a hormone-balancing food plan. At midlife our bodies begin storing fat in order to retain estrogen. That’s why I have written an in-depth menopause food plan in my book, The Wisdom of Menopause, but there are many books out there that can help you learn which plan works best for you. Some of the following contain meal plans and recipes that have helped thousands of women lose weight and balance their hormones, as well as insulin and eicosaniod levels.

    * Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Bringing Health and Plasure Back to Eating, by Andrew Weil, M.D.
    * Fight Fat After Forty, by Pamela Peeke.
    * The Glucose Revolution: The Authoritative Guide to the Glycemic Index, by Jennie Brand–Miller, Thomas Wolever, Stephan Colagiuri, & Kaye Foster–Powell.
    * Protein Power and The Protein Power Lifeplan, by Michael R Eades and Mary Dan Eades.
    * Recipes for Change: Gourmet Wholefood Cooking for Health and Vitality at Menopause, by Lissa DeAngelis and Molly Siple.
    * Releasing Fat, by Ray Strand
    * Sugar Busters: Cut Sugar to Trim Fat, by H Leighton Steward, Morrison Bethea, Sam Andrews and Luis A Balart.

Reprinted with permission from the Website of Dr. Christiane Northrup. For more wisdom from one of today's leading women's health experts, visit http://www.drnorthrup.com

About Dr Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Dr Northrup is an authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. A board-certified OB/GYN physician, Dr. Northrup was an assistant clinical professor of OB/GYN at Maine Medical Center for over 20 years. Dr. Northrup is the author of two New York Times best-selling books, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom (Bantam, revised 2006) and The Wisdom of Menopause (Bantam, revised 2006). Her third book, Mother-Daughter Wisdom, was voted Amazon’s #1 book of the year in both parenting and mind-body health in 2005. She has also hosted six highly successfully television specials. Her work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, The View, and Good Morning America. For more information about Dr. Northrup and her work, visit her website at http://www.drnorthrup.com Her books can also be purchased at http://www.angusrobertson.com.au

About Anxiety  

by Dr Eve A Wood
Excerpt from the Stop Anxiety Now kit

You may be feeling overwhelmed or hopeless, and you may even doubt your capacity to heal. Let me reassure you: Where there’s a will, there’s a way. You absolutely do have the power to transform anxiety. Much of your power lies in the connection between your body and your mind. I know that that idea may seem strange to you, but you’ll see how true that concept is. In order to heal your anxiety, you need to understand the answers to the following questions:

1. What is anxiety?
2. Is anxiety always a problem, or can it be beneficial, too?
3. What causes anxiety?

I’ll explore each of these questions in detail.

What Is Anxiety?

According to Webster’s dictionary, anxiety involves: (1) Uneasiness, dread, or brooding fear about something that might happen. (2) An overwhelming sense of apprehension and of fear, often marked by such physical symptoms as tension, sweating, palpitations, and increased pulse rate. (3) An unpleasant feeling of helplessness and isolation sometimes accompanied by physical symptoms of fear, consciously accounted for by the anticipation of pain, death, or some unknown catastrophe, but without sufficient objective justification.

We all experience uneasiness, dread, and the physical discomforts of anxiety at times, so what’s the difference between healthy or “normal” anxiety and that which is unhealthy or overwhelming? That brings us to the next topic.

Is Anxiety Always a Problem?

Anxiety is not always harmful, since we sometimes need to be concerned or uneasy about something that may occur. Let’s call that concern “healthy anxiety.”

Healthy anxiety, for example, leads us to look both ways before we cross the street, and to run out of the crosswalk when a car is about to hit us. Healthy anxiety takes us to our doctor when we feel ill, to our accountant when we receive threatening letters from the IRS, and to our telephone when we hear of natural disasters in areas where our loved ones live. Healthy anxiety may get us to do our homework so that we don’t fail, pay our bills on time so that we don’t lose service, or install smoke detectors in our homes so that we don’t perish in fires.

As you can see, we need a certain amount of anxiety in our lives to succeed, thrive, and be well. Our nervous systems are designed to take note of fear for our protection, so if we’re walking along in the woods and confront a bear, our bodies will register immediate alarm. We’ll begin to sweat; feel our hearts thumping in our chests; and experience light-headedness, a sense of urgency, and an amazing ability to focus. These symptoms are part of the “fight-or-flight reaction,” which is designed to get us out of harm’s way immediately. We need this internal alarm system to keep us on our toes and safe.

But what if these symptoms or bodily discomforts come over you when there isn’t any significant danger? Or what if certain worries and physical manifestations come on at appropriate times but won’t settle down when the danger has passed? Well, that’s when you have unhealthy anxiety.

Unhealthy anxiety indicates that your internal alarm system has gotten disconnected from its regulator—the system is in overdrive and is spinning out of control, taking on a life of its own. Anxiety, the cunning character that it is, tends to do this. That is, anxiety spirals on itself and grows bigger and bigger. As it spirals, it often searches for more issues to attach itself to. For example, a small worry about being late for an appointment can quickly escalate into panic about losing your job.

If you’re one of the many people whose internal alarm system is on the fritz, you’re probably stressed out and miserable much of the time. People around you may call you “hyper” or a “ worrywart,” or they may even be fed up with how stuck you seem to be.

Even though you may feel hopeless, know that you can heal unhealthy anxiety. Let’s understand what’s behind it.

What Causes Unhealthy Anxiety?

The human brain is designed to experience a certain amount of healthy anxiety, as well as to shut off this response when the time is right. There are many areas of the brain involved in regulating fear and anxiety, and you don’t necessarily need to know them to get better. Nevertheless, I’ll share a little bit of anatomy with you here.

The current thinking is that the connections between the brain’s amygdala and orbitofrontal area may be on the fritz in individuals who have anxiety disorders. Lots of chemical messengers are also involved in regulating fear and anxiety—including serotonin, norepinephrine, and gamma-animobutyric acid (GABA)—and in unhealthy anxiety, their levels are out of whack, too.

Now, while you may think that unhealthy anxiety is always the result of a dysregulation in the neural circuits, that’s not necessarily so. Anxiety can show up for lots of reasons, and I want you to be aware of some of its lesser-known causes.

Here’s just a partial list of the causes of unhealthy anxiety:

1. It can be part of a general medical condition such as an overactive thyroid or adrenal gland.

2. It can be a side effect of a medication or drug. Examples include theophylline, pseudoephedrine, caffeine, and marijuana.

3. It can even be part of a withdrawal syndrome that results from stopping the regular use of a medication (such as an antidepressant or sleep aid) or a substance like cigarettes.

4. Most often, unhealthy anxiety is due to an internal alarm that’s on the fritz.

In the field of emotional and mental health, there are quite a few conditions that are characterized by anxiety. In fact, approximately 19 million Americans suffer from some form of an anxiety disorder each year. They include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social phobia, and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Also, if you do have one of these conditions, you may need additional support to gain the full benefit of techniques such as reflection, cognitive behavioral intervention, affirmations, journaling, relaxation exercises, and guided imagery.

Keep in mind that I use these tools with all of my anxiety patients—but about a third of them over the years have also used medication to interrupt a stuck cycle or to maintain a benefit. I often use a low-dose, short-acting antianxiety medication that people can take whenever they feel the need for it. (This is not an appropriate option for patients with alcohol or drug addictions.)

Some patients use this medication when they begin treatment, since their anxiety has escalated to such an extreme point that they can’t focus enough to use the tools effectively. Yet as they begin to settle down with the thought-stopping and self-soothing tools, their need for medication decreases dramatically. This is the nature of anxiety: It spirals up and it spirals down, too! The need for medication often goes away completely, but most people feel better knowing that they have something they can take if necessary. That knowledge keeps the anxiety in check.

Some types of anxiety disorders do benefit from ongoing treatment with SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) or other daily dosed medication—in fact, you may already be one of the many millions of individuals who take regular medication for anxiety management. However, if you don’t take medication at this point, then you may well not need or choose to add it. But I urge you to be open to the option if it seems appropriate for you. If you have an anxiety disorder that doesn’t completely respond to alternative therapy, you might want to add medication to your own personal toolbox. Just keep the idea in mind as you proceed.

You might be wondering, Do I even have an anxiety disorder? Who gets them and why? Is my anxiety a form of weakness or defect in my character? Shouldn’t I be able to stop the escalating anxiety, panic, or crazy thinking that paralyzes me? If you are having these thoughts, you’re not alone—millions of others have been wondering the same things, and scientists have been studying these questions for years.

Anxiety problems are complex: Today we know that they’re caused by a combination of factors including genetic vulnerability, trauma, and life stress. The vulnerability to anxiety runs in families and gene lines. You get it; you don’t choose it. Some people inherit much more vulnerability than others, and whether you actually develop a full-blown anxiety problem is related to both that vulnerability and how much stress you’re exposed to in your early years of development and in your later life. The stress could be biological, psychological, emotional, or spiritual—anything from a move or an infection to the death of a family member counts. More vulnerable people become symptomatic with less stress and vice versa—that’s just the way it is.

So here’s the deal:

1. Unhealthy anxiety is rampant in our world.

2. Each year, millions of Americans experience severe anxiety.

3. Anxiety takes a huge physical, emotional, and spiritual toll on sufferers and the people who love them.

4. Some sufferers become so overwhelmed and hopeless that they give up and take their own lives.

5. You don’t choose your vulnerability to anxiety problems or whether you became ill.

6. Your problem with anxiety is not the result of a defect, personal weakness, or character flaw.

7. You can heal.

8. You can create your own personal tool box to stop anxiety now!

Be open to whatever you need to do to step in to your wholeness. You deserve and can achieve internal peace.

For more information on the tools you can use to stop your own anxiety, pick up a copy of my Stop Anxiety Now kit available thru Amazon.com.

About Dr Eve A. Wood
Eve A. Wood, MD is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine. A practicing psychiatrist, author, speaker and consultant, Dr. Wood is a pioneer in the field of integrative psychiatry.

Dr. Wood has served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Executive Committee of the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital, written articles for medical and professional publications, lectured widely to professional and lay audiences, appeared on over 120 radio programs and been the guest on many television programs in major cities. Dr. Wood has her own call-in radio show, Healing Your Body, Mind and Spirit, which airs every Tuesday at 3pm PST on Hay Hourse Radio.

Dr Wood's books and kits include:
  • 10 Steps to Take Charge of Your Emotional Life: Overcoming Anxiety, Distress and Depression Through Whole-Person Healing
  • There's Always Help; There's Always Hope: An award-winning psychiatrist shows you how to heal your body, mind and spirit
  • Stop Anxiety Now kit
  • What am I Feeling and What does it Mean kit

Further details at http://www.drevewood.com

 For women, fifty years of age is now equivalent to what 30 used to be! By Dr Sandra Cabot

The women I meet today who are around the age of 50 seem so much younger than women of 50 used to be, say 30 years ago!

I often ponder the reasons for this – is it because we have liberated ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally from the stereotype of age?

Age really was a stigma for women far more than it was for men. You know all the old sayings that men with streaks of grey hair look so distinguished, and it’s normal for middle aged men to talk about younger women, and older men have so much character and strength. Well that’s fine for men, but we forgot to include women in these generalizations.

Well things have changed for the better and older women are starting to feel and enjoy their power. Women can also look great with grey or fading hair and they can often attract a younger partner, and definitely have the wisdom and character of hindsight. Many women start to discover new aspects and strengths to their character as they approach and/or pass through menopause.

Good effects of hormonal changes
I am sure that the hormonal changes of aging have an effect upon our emotional and mental state. As we pass through menopause the body’s production of sex hormones changes profoundly and generally speaking we gradually begin to produce relatively more testosterone and less female hormones like estrogen and progesterone.

This relative increase in male hormones can make us more confident, more feisty and in a good way, more aggressive. A healthy amount of anger and aggression is good because it helps us to change situations that may be negative for ourselves and keep us suppressed.

A good friend of mine who is a counselor once used the analogy of a “fruit salad” to describe the way she felt when she was younger. She had to be an “orange” to please her husband, a “pear” to please her mother, a “banana” to please her children and a “watermelon” to please her friends and co-workers. As she got older, she had an increasing desire to be herself and to do the things that she had waited to do – she discovered that she was not a “fruit salad”, but just a juicy delicious “peach”! This may sound a bit silly but it’s often true – we don’t like to upset the status quo, and women have been conditioned to keep the peace in the home and at work – well you may be peaceful on the outside but inside you are screaming to be heard!

So if you notice a few extra hairs sprouting on your chin, don’t see it as negative, see it as a sign that your hormones are maturing and enabling you to pass through life with extra strength and courage. Testosterone increases physical energy and sex drive, so these may be worthwhile benefits as well.

If we can tune into our inner self, trust our judgment, nurture our self esteem, enjoy our passions and continue to dream, then we may find ourselves becoming younger with the passing of the years. As some of my friends say “well “I’m fifty years young!”

For the latest information on natural anti-ageing hormones, see my book HRT – The Real Truth – Balance your hormones naturally and swing from the chandeliers! Further details at


by Susan Smith Jones, PhD ©
(Excerpt from The Healing Power of NATUREFOODS)

Simple Lifestyle Changes Make a Big Difference

Moment to moment, you are always choosing, and as life goes on, you become the results of your choices. You are what you think, what you imagine, how you react, what you eat, how you move, what you say, what you feel and what you expect in life.

With that in mind, isn’t it time to take full responsibility for the choices you make? Start right now by acknowledging your immense power to create what you have always wanted—a healthy, fit body and a joyful, fulfilling, peaceful life.

Let’s explore more closely the importance of our day-today food choices and the need to reprogram and retrain your senses to choose empowerment and release selflimiting beliefs and habits. Your primary goal on this “aliveness” eating program is to get to the point where you are eating a sufficient amount of the highest quality foods—including as many raw, plant-based foods as possible. Euripides said, “Enough is abundance to the wise.”

Loving Changes
Although it’s important to choose healthful foods, don’t become a fanatic about what you eat. Approach your new eating habits with a loving heart. It’s what you choose to eat on a daily basis that makes the biggest difference, not the occasional lapse into bad habits. Be firm in your resolve to eat the highest-nutrient foods, but be kind and gentle with yourself during the initial implementation period. Worrying about every little piece of food that goes into your mouth is far more harmful in the long run than infrequent dietary errors.

An important first step is to understand that the only way to ensure optimal nutrition is to eat a colorful diet that emphasizes whole plant foods, eaten in a form that is as close as possible to the way they all come packaged by Mother Nature. When you eat whole foods, you get all of the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, natural sugars, fibers and water that nature put into the package, and you get them in the right proportions for efficient use by your body. Fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, sprouts, nuts and seeds (and if you eat fish, the occasional use of small amounts of lean proteins such as fresh, wild salmon), carefully selected and prepared to suit your particular needs and desires, are ideal foods for your vibrantly alive body.

All of these foods can be eaten either in their natural, uncooked state or after being lightly steamed (avoid fried foods). Complex processed, fragmented foods can be difficult or impossible for your body to utilize, and eating them all of the time, without also including healthy foods is associated with obesity and a host of other problems.

Fat by Design
You may feel that it’s too difficult to switch all at once to a new nutritional program. That’s a common reaction. But don’t think that is because you “lack discipline” or that it is “all in your head.” Your body is the result of a countless number of exquisite adaptations that have taken place throughout ancestral history. In the scarce environment in which we lived during most of that time, being able to find and secure the highest calorie (high-fat, high-sugar) foods was important for survival. And because these food sources weren’t always available, it was important to be able to put on weight so that you could make it through the lean times. It is no surprise that you prefer ice cream to lettuce and pizza to broccoli, and that you go up a dress size if you even look at a cheeseburger.

What's vital for us to remember is that in the
good old ancestral days, concentrated calories were hard to come by; it was mostly roots and shoots (which is where all the important nutrients come from). In those ays, only kings and queens could afford to eat all of the fat-laden animal products and sugary-sweet desserts that you and I can get on any street corner for 99 cents. (And because of it, millions of our fellow Americans are suffering and dying prematurely from the diseases of kings—heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, gout and so on.)

It’s not easy to instantly flip the switch on longestablished biological adaptations and the eating habits they foster. It is okay to break your ingrained habits gradually, if you wish, switching first to the foods that appeal to you the most and gradually adding the others. In fact, it may take a while for your digestive system to become accustomed to handling these new whole foods. The important thing is that you make changes. Your life depends on it.

Mind Power—Using It to Your Advantage
Like your body, your mind has adapted over many generations of time—with survival in mind. As you start making positive changes, your mind’s adaptations can trip you up if you aren’t careful. The mind always will choose immediate gratification over long-term satisfaction. The mind doesn’t care if you achieve your long-term goal for a fit, lean, healthy body. The mind wants you to feel good right now. It’s important to realize that when it comes to pleasure-seeking behavior, the mind isn’t necessarily your best friend. You must sometimes override your accustomed habits and “instincts” and make rational decisions about what is actually in your best interest.

In addition to the challenges posed by adaptations, cultural and commercial conditioning contribute to the difficulties you face when you try to resist the temptation to engage in long-established bad habits. Every time you are negatively conditioned, you lose a little of your freedom and your capacity to choose. Begin your new eating program by becoming aware of what you are eating. Set parameters for yourself; for example, eat only at the dinner table, only at set mealtimes and/or only when you are hungry. Setting parameters helps because they allow you to give your full attention to your food. When your attention is divided, you are more likely to eat compulsively rather than to satiate hunger. Try to minimize the unfocused, “automatic” eating that frequently occurs in front of the television set and at movie theaters, parties and sporting events.

To get the maximum benefits of superior nutrition, you need to become mindful of the entire process of eating. Be conscious of the hunger you feel before you eat. How does the food look and smell as you prepare it, serve it and eat it? Notice how the table setting looks. How does the food taste? Be aware of the texture of the food. Monitor how well you chew your food. Do you make noise when you eat? Be conscious of your breathing and how you feel while you are eating. After the meal itself, be aware of and grateful for the feelings of lightness and high energy derived from the meal and the ease with which it will be digested. Embracing this attitude toward your meals enables you to appreciate simple, wholesome foods and to feel completely satisfied while eating fewer higher-nutrient, lower-calorie foods. Enjoying the simplest foods is one of the keys to unlocking your true health potential.

When you switch from the typical high-calorie, highly processed, “foodless” foods that most Americans eat and start eating whole natural plant foods, you lose weight naturally. But it is still fun to see excess weight disappear quickly, which can be very motivating. To speed up the process and start developing healthier habits at the same time, try this: Stop eating just as you begin to feel full. This technique helps reprogram your subconscious and is a good reminder that you control your habits, not the other way around.

Begin to retrain your senses by eliminating “foods” that injure the body. You wouldn’t fill the gas tank of your car with water from a garden hose just because it was easy and inexpensive. You know the car needs a particular type of gas, lubricant, coolant and so on. Yet, when it comes to your body (tell the truth), you are not always so careful. You eat all kinds of things that you know impair the body’s smooth functioning. You need to establish new guidelines for eating based on the understanding that the purpose of eating is to nourish your body. While eating can be very pleasurable, it is not a form of entertainment designed to appeal to your senses. I have found that meditating for a few minutes before each meal is a powerful tool that fosters intelligent food choices that promote health and harmony.

More than 2,400 years ago, Pythagorus said, “Choose what is best; habit will soon render it agreeable and easy.” His perspicacious words are just as relevant today as they were in his day, especially when it comes to establishing new, healthful food and lifestyle habits. Fortunately, it seems that our taste buds change and adapt when we alter our eating habits, and the whole grain bread that tasted heavy and grainy a few months ago may taste chewy and flavorful this month. Feeling better and looking marvelous will soon compensate for the loss of dubious taste thrills of the past, such as fried chicken, white bread, ice cream, candy and potato chips. You’ll find yourself looking forward to more healthful, luscious pleasures—such as the taste of ripe papaya, delectable strawberries and blueberries, ripe pineapple, sweet juicy grapes, a crisp garden salad, brown rice or quinoa with steamed vegetables and beautiful, heart-healthy sweet potatoes smothered in steamed or water-sautéed onions, garlic, broccoli and mushrooms.

Change Your Diet, Change Your Life
Let’s explore how the life-affirming changes I have been describing benefited one of my clients, Danielle. Danielle is a great example of how changing your diet and adding more fresh fruits and vegetables and other whole foods can not only assist with weight loss, but also improve every aspect of your life and self-esteem.

Married, with three children ages 5, 8 and 11, Danielle initially came to me for motivation and help in losing some fat, toning up her body and increasing her energy. As a first step, I asked her to keep a 7-day food diary and record exactly what and when she ate. Like all of my new clients, she was instructed not to eat differently simply because I would be looking at the list. I asked her to be honest and to write down everything she ate because there’s no other way for me to make a meaningful evaluation.

When I received her food diary, it was quite apparent why she had gained almost 30 pounds in a year and always felt enervated. Her diet was about 60 percent fat, the carbohydrates she consumed were almost all refined, she usually skipped breakfast because she was too busy getting the kids ready for school, and she always ate late at night. Her diary came straight out of my “encyclopedia of deleterious habits.” She rarely included raw foods in her diet (or her family’s diet), explaining that raw foods take too long to chew and that she didn’t have time for that. Danielle also noted that her kids disliked raw foods, so only on rare occasions did she prepare fruits or vegetables for them.

As I inquired more about her family life, her routines and so on, I learned that all of her children were on the heavy side. The oldest girl was being ridiculed in school because of her size. Not surprisingly, Danielle told me that her husband also needed to lose about 40 pounds. His blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides were much too high, and his doctor had suggested that he go on a diet. I told Danielle that no diet was necessary. Her family needed a health makeover, and I assured her that she had come to the right person for guidance.

My initial evaluation of what this family ate and how they lived led me to suggest something very out of the ordinary. Knowing that they had a large house with a guest room next to the kitchen, I asked if I could stay with them from Thursday through Saturday night. I wanted to experience their lifestyle as a family—to see when and what they ate and how they spent their time at home when not eating, in order to coach them in a healthier way of living. Yes, I took most of my own food and simply observed like a butterfly on the wall and took lots of notes.

With Danielle’s permission, I looked through their pantry and refrigerator and all of their kitchen cupboards. I found hardly any fresh, whole foods.

At mealtimes, everyone added salt to the food before even tasting it (adding regular table salt to food is never an ideal thing to do), and their dining table was never without canned sodas or processed fruit juices, butter, sour cream, and mounds of cheese. All five of them ate their meals quickly, without much conversation, and without putting the utensils down between bites. To be fair, most of their overeating was unintentional, triggered by the hidden sugar, salt and oils added to popular foods to stimulate the taste buds.

Danielle and I decided that I should make a clean sweep of her kitchen. The rest of her family went along, although they were far from enthusiastic. I removed all refined carbohydrates, including pasta, white rice, lowfiber cereals, pancake and cookie mixes, white breads and bagels. I replaced all of their “foodless” foods with highfiber breads and whole grains. I also rid their kitchen of margarine, mayonnaise, vegetable shortenings and oils. Next, I also replaced the milk and cheese products with raw nut and seed milks. (It turned out that they all loved the vanilla-flavor almond milk the best after about two weeks of adapting to the new taste.)

I took the entire family to the nearest health food store, showed them all of the healthful alternatives such as veggie burgers and whole-grain pastas and then, to the amazement of all of them, led them into the produce section of the store. They were enthralled by all of the colors and varieties of fruits and vegetables, many of which they had never seen before. We purchased some of the most familiar—organic apples, oranges, pears, grapes, bananas and strawberries.

In place of sodas and other canned drinks, I taught them how to make their own fresh vegetable/fruit juices using a Champion Juicer. (Visit: SusanSmithJones.com, click on Susan’s Favorite Products, and you will learn more about this stellar juicer as well as some of my other favorite health-promoting products, including The Total Blender, E3Live, Infrared Sauna, Activated Air by Eng3 and the Ionizer Plus Water Filtration System.) The kids loved juicing and actually took it over as one of their daily jobs. Of course, I encouraged them to start drinking more alkalinized and filtered water. Danielle’s husband confessed to me that he couldn’t ever remember drinking more than one glass of water a day. When I told him that I drink at least two quarts of purified, alkalinized water every day, he almost collapsed in shock.

It took about one month for the family to adjust their healthful foods. They basically switched from a white and beige diet to a banquet of rainbow colors. They began eating daily servings of raw foods, with an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. When you fill up on these salubrious foods, you nourish your body and actually lose much of your desire for sweets and other processed foods.

After three months, I decided to encourage them to consume even more raw foods and showed them many new raw-food recipes they could enjoy. They were eager to move in that direction. After several “non-cooking” lessons, Danielle found it wasn’t so hard to prepare healthful meals. As a result of eating more high-fiber, nutritious
foods, each family member lost weight, had more energy and more balanced moods and enjoyed a greater sense of well-being. I encouraged them to be more active, instead of sitting in front of televisions or computers most nights and weekends, and their higher activity resulted in sounder sleep for everyone. Danielle’s oldest daughter lost enough weight to join an after-school sports team, which ended the ridicule she had been enduring and helped her self-esteem soar. It’s truly remarkable how a few basic changes in your diet can profoundly affect every area of your life.

The change this family found hardest initially, but which ultimately turned out to be the most fun, was my recommendation that they eat only raw food one day each week. I suggested they not pick a weekend day but rather a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. They selected Thursday, and from morning through evening ate only living foods—lots of fruits and vegetables, salads, and a variety of other fun foods, including nut butters, sprouts, sauces, soups—even raw-food cookies and other desserts. The family came to appreciate Danielle’s gift for experimenting and creating new raw-food meals. A few weeks into their new health regimen, they started inviting friends over to sample their delicious “health nut” diet. As I mentioned above, even though you may not be eager to overhaul your entire food program, at least start by adding more raw, enzyme-rich organic fruits and vegetables to your diet. I recommend the following basic program to almost all of my clients and friends. Each day, make sure that at least 60% of the food you put on your plate is uncooked. On Mondays, eat raw foods all day until dinner, and on Thursdays, raw foods all day including dinner. This simple program will assist you to bring more living foods into your diet by spacing them out over the week. You’ll feel lighter and more energetic immediately, simply from eating more raw foods—with emphasis on colorful, organic fresh fruits and veggies, especially leafy greens. This simple program will assist you in bringing more healthy, living foods into your diet. So make a fresh start for a healthier diet and lifestyle today and always!

BOOK REVIEW by Lynn Grudnik, Executive Director, US National Health Association

The perfect food book is like the perfect meal: satisfying, delicious, and not too much! NATUREFOODS and HEALTH BLISS are exactly that!

Their simplicity and cogency will appeal to anyone who is searching for high-level wellness and quality of life. Whether you are young and in need of health advice; are younglooking and a baby boomer, like Dr. Susan Jones, and you want to stay that way; or you simply want to explore your options for turning back the clock, then this 2-book series is your godsend.

The author of 17 popular holistic health books, and a variety of audio programs, Susan is clearly a shining example of vibrant health and youthful vitality. This is the best advice that I can give you:
buy several copies of this empowering book set, NATUREFOODS and HEALTH BLISS, and give them away to all of your family, friends, and business associates for any occasion — birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, New Years, or other special parties or holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, Passover, Labor Day, or for no reason at all. And make sure to keep one with you daily to read often, savor, and enjoy!

Susan identifies 50 of the most powerful foods in each book—actually there are more than 100 recommendations in each one if you include the shorter entries—and provides general information, nutritional values, health benefits, buying tips, culinary uses, lore and legend, and, when appropriate, descriptions of the more popular varieties of produce. In the face of staggering confusion and conflicting claims about the nutritional value of different foods, these timeless books are succinct guides to all of the benefits of familiar natural foods. The formats make the information easy to locate and quickly review. For convenience, foods are listed alphabetically and are accompanied by preparation suggestions for immediate use.

Susan’s scrumptious, inventive recipes are easy to prepare and promise boundless pleasures, whether for your everyday table or for elaborate entertaining. After reading the two books through once quickly, I’ve been inspired to reread them several times, savoring the recipe suggestions and finding priceless tips and techniques that have enriched every aspect of my life--physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Thanks to Susan’s new book series, I am now healthier than ever before!

From The Healing Power of NATUREFOODS and HEALTH BLISS, I have learned simple ways to experience:
• Stress Reduction • Immune Enhancement • Better Sleep • Higher Productivity • Improved Digestion • Cheerful Mood • Boundless Energy • Youthful Vitality • Sharper Memory • Increased Libido • Healthier Skin, Hair, and Nails • Enhanced Creativity • More Focus • Improved Vision • Increased Energy • Overall Great Health! • PLUS Flavorful, Health-Promoting Recipes for People with Busy Lives Who Don’t Have Time to Spend Hours in the Kitchen.

Susan’s approach is grounded in the lifestyle she has chosen for herself. It is based on the premise that nature provides us with just about everything we need to be radiantly healthy and vibrantly youthful well into our 80s and 90s. She emphasizes the use of colorful, phytonutrient-rich foods and offers preparation techniques that enhance nutritional value and eliminate ingestion of chemicals and processed concoctions. With this invaluable information, the reader is able to take control of his/her health and open the door to a more energetic, disease-free lifestyle.

Neal Barnard, M.D., founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, DC and author of Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes, says about these books: “A must-read for vegetarians, non-vegetarians, and anyone interested in vibrant health and great food, from an outstanding culinary instructor who writes from the heart.” And Susan’s heart and passion for health shine through on every page. In the past few decades, she has helped thousands of people become more aware of how food choices affect their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Now you, too, have all this splendid information at your fingertips—distilled to fit into today’s busy, stress-filled life.

In addition to learning about healthy foods, you will also garner valuable, life-changing information on the importance of getting enough sleep, minimizing stress, drinking ample, pure water and green smoothies, balancing your body’s pH and increasing alkalinity, detoxifying and rejuvenating, cultivating a positive, grateful attitude, being consistent with exercise, keeping your word, choosing to be disciplined, spending time in nature, living more peacefully and loving your life.

NATUREFOODS and HEALTH BLISS go one step further by recommending specific kitchen tools, and other must-have, salubrious products, essential for healthy food preparation. Because Susan “walks the talk” and has worked as a nutrition counselor, culinary instructor, and a personal natural-foods private chef for over 30 years, she knows which items are the most useful and durable in the kitchen. The reader can be confident that whatever she suggests will be the best.

No matter where you live on planet Earth, whether you’re 9 or 99, a beginner or a long-time health enthusiast, there is a wealth of helpful, salutary information in NATUREFOODS and HEALTH BLISS. You’ll transform your life from ordinary to extraordinary as you are entertained, educated, motivated, and empowered.

To order copies of The Healing Power of NATUREFOODS and HEALTH BLISS, as well as Susan’s stellar, colorful natural-foods cookbook
Recipes for HEALTH BLISS: Using NatureFoods to Rejuvenate Your Body & Life (due out early 2009) Please call HAY HOUSE 1.800.654.5126 or visit www.PagingSusan.com

 Fatty liver – a common cause of weight excess.

It is important to take a pro-active approach and not allow the disease of fatty liver to progress. Not all doctors realise just how serious the problem of fatty liver can be and the patient can be left wondering what to do.

Fatty liver is a common cause of weight excess and also inability to lose weight. However the liver is often forgotten in those who are struggling with their weight. If you have been diagnosed with a fatty liver it is vital that you follow a specific and effective program to reverse the fatty changes in your liver.

The liver is able to repair itself and grow new healthy liver cells and over a variable period of 6 months to several years you will be able to reverse the fatty damage to your liver and achieve a healthy normal liver. If you are overweight you will lose significant amounts of weight within several months; however the liver will take longer to completely repair itself, but do not panic as by healing your liver you will add many years to your life.

1. Follow a low carbohydrate diet
This excludes sugar, refined and/or bleached flour and foods containing these things. Avoid all foods with added sugar. If you are overweight and find it very difficult to lose weight, it is more effective to exclude ALL grains for at least 3 months and be on a “no grain diet”. You can replace these grains with legumes (beans, lentils & chickpeas), seeds and nuts. Grains to exclude are wheat, rye, barley, oats, rice and corn.

Carbohydrates to avoid -
These include table sugar, foods with added sugar or maltodextrin, fructose, polydextrose, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, honey, golden syrup, molasses, jams, preserves made with sugar, candies, sweet desserts, ice-cream, muffins, donuts, pizza, pretzels, chips, pastry, cakes and biscuits. The best types of chocolate for those with a fatty liver are the new low-carb guilt free range of chocolates or dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa.

Carbohydrates to minimize-
Include flour, breads, packaged cereals, crackers, pasta, noodles, and spaghetti.
If you crave sugar try to replace it with stevia the naturally sweet herb, which has no effect on blood sugar and is calorie free. Stevia is available in the form of powder, tablets and drops and can safely be used by diabetics. Xylitol or Agave sweet cactus are not as slimming as stevia, but are much less calorific than regular sugar.

2. Increase the amount of raw plant food in the diet
Raw vegetables and fruits are the most powerful liver healing foods. These raw foods help to cleanse and repair the liver filter, so that it can trap and remove more fat and toxins from the blood stream.

Eat an abundance of vegetables (cooked and raw salads) and fresh fruits. Eat a large salad everyday, or better still twice a day and use a nice dressing made with cold pressed oils and apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. Add fresh herbs to your salads and stir fries – such as coriander, oregano, rosemary, basil, mint, parsley, dill, chives etc – as these have liver healing and anti-viral properties. Some people only eat salads during summer as this is the way they have been educated. Forget this habit, as your liver needs raw food everyday!

3. Eat first class protein with every meal
Good sources of protein include:
- Biodynamic unflavoured plain acidophilus yogurt (it does not have to be low-fat variety)
- Free range eggs
- All seafood fresh or canned (avoid smoked or deep-fried seafood). Sardines are great, as being small fish they are not contaminated with mercury or other heavy metals. Avoid farmed fish that are raised in fisheries as they are fed commercial pellets; I have noticed that these fish taste strange! I personally buy the Brunswick sardines from Canada and the Paramount Wild Alaskan Salmon as its harvested from the ocean.
- Certain cheeses – cottage, feta, pecorino, ricotta, cheddar, parmesan are the best but don’t overdose on cheese
- Free range poultry – remove the skin
- Lean fresh meat – I prefer lamb
- Whey protein powder like Synd-X Slimming Protein powder
- A combination of legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas) and raw nuts and seeds. You need to combine the legume with the seed and nut at the same meal or the same time; this will provide first class protein which contains all the essential amino acids. If you just eat a bean, or a nut, by itself, you are not getting the first class protein you need to control your hunger and blood sugar levels. This is why it is not uncommon for strict vegans to struggle with their weight and suffer with unstable blood sugar levels and sugar cravings.

You do not have to eat huge amounts of protein as the magic key is to eat the protein regularly – at least three times daily or if you have a sudden attack of hunger or cravings. The Synd-X protein powder is great to quell cravings and it tastes great too! So don’t be confused – you don’t need huge amounts of protein; you need to eat protein regularly and some folks will only need to eat small amounts of protein.

Well being is the spice of life
Good health is typified by plenty of energy, clarity of mind, good appetite, good sleep and less aches and pains. Yes these simple parameters are the best way to judge your health.

Dr Sandra Cabot’s Good Liver Health Tips
1. Start raw juicing – good things to juice for the liver are cabbage (red and purple), carrot, beetroot, orange, lemon, limes, ginger root, apples and a touch of red onion (Spanish onion) – juice everyday if you can, or at least regularly. If the juice is too strong dilute it with water, celery and/or extra apple.

2. Drink plenty of pure water to hydrate all your cells and flush out toxins.

3. Take a selenium supplement in a dose of selenomethionine 100mcg daily. There is a wealth of good research about the healing properties of selenium – it’s anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory.

4. Take a vitamin C supplement in a dose of 2000mg daily – two-time Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, tells us that the fact that out bodies cannot make their own vitamin C is an evolutionary defect and I agree with him.

5. Take a good liver tonic to support your liver function – these are discussed in my books - The Healthy Liver & Bowel book & The Liver Cleansing Diet Book.

6. If you are overweight check your liver with an ultrasound scan – if your liver is fatty follow a low carbohydrate diet as found in my Liver Cleansing Diet Book.

7. If you are stressed work on your sleep and try to improve it; I recommend that you get at least 7 hours sleep a night. Deep restful sleep repairs the body and improves the immune system’s ability to fight viruses. A good and quick acting magnesium supplement, such as Ultra-potent Magnesium Powder can help your sleep patterns and reduce stress – I call magnesium the great relaxer!

8. Make sure you are getting enough omega 3 fatty acids in your diet – eat more oily fish or take fish oil capsules. The predominant fat in your brain is omega 3 and many people are deficient in this, because like vitamin C, your body cannot make its own precious supplies.
Reduce or avoid the use of –
• Alcohol
• Coffee
• Sweet soft drinks.

Some people will find that these substances upset their sense of wellbeing, whilst in others a small to moderate intake of coffee and/or alcohol produces no adverse effects. It really is a trial and error thing. Do not drink more than 2 alcoholic drinks daily and ideally, do not drink alcohol every day.

Heavy smoking of cigarettes will weaken your immune system compromising its ability to fight all infections and cancer cells.

I am often surprised by the cheekiness of some of the adverts one reads in medical journals and doctor’s magazines regarding the so called miraculous abilities of certain drugs. These adverts promise to “rewrite someone’s life” – this can be true in some cases, but really drugs can never be a panacea. I will agree that anti-depressant drugs given to someone with inherited depression or obsessive compulsive disorder, will indeed re-write their life story into a much happier one. However no matter what drugs we are dependent upon, we will always need –
1. Nutritional medicine
2. A good positive attitude
To help us achieve a good quality of life!

I certainly use it to help me, that’s because I crave well being. My books and newsletters provide you with a balanced approach using the best of both worlds – modern day pharmacology and drugs and the best in nutritional medicine.

Raw juices can save your liver
Ideally, raw juices should be consumed immediately after juicing and all produce must be raw and very fresh because that is when their nutritional content is most active. If you are super busy, you can juice enough for 1 to 2 days at one time. To keep the juice fresh and active, you must store the juice in an air-tight container with a tight lid, or in a thermos in the refrigerator. Add the juice of a lemon to stop the stored juice from oxidizing.

If the juices are too strong and/or upset your stomach, or taste unpleasant, you should dilute them with plenty of water, extra apple or reduce the amounts of the ingredients which upset you. You can vary the ingredients and their amounts to give you more enjoyment and variety. Most of these recipes will produce 1-2 cups of juice.

Raw juice recipe for Gallstones
1 lemon, with some peel
2 cabbage leaves or 2 fresh dandelion leaves or 2 rocket leaves
¼ beetroot
2 apples
1 orange
2 Brussels sprouts
1 large tomato
½ cm ginger root

(A note from Kerry Fallon Horgan, CEO, WHOI and qualified horticulturist. Only use cultivated dandelion leaves. Those on the footpath may look like dandelion but may actually be a toxic lookalike. When cultivating dandelion, place it in a position in the garden where it can't espcape. Also remove the flowers before the seeds develop and spread to become an unwanted invader. All the best in good health. Kerry)


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Is Inflammation Getting the Best of You? 

Interview with Susan Smith Jones, PhD ©
This is such an important and much-needed topic on inflammation. It’s a topic I discuss on radio and TV talk shows worldwide. For the purposes of this article, I will answer some of the most-asked questions that I receive.

1. For those of us who don’t know much about inflammation, would you please give us an overview on this topic so we all have a better understanding?

I could talk about this topic of Inflammation for hours. Since we have only a short time to discuss this very important topic, I want to encourage everyone to visit my website (www.SusanSmithJones.com) for more detailed information.

Most of us never give a second thought to inflammation unless we get a bee sting, experience a physical injury such as stubbing our bare toe on a piece of furniture or injuring our back. As soon as one of these events takes place, we experience an immediate sensation of pain that tells us something is definitely wrong. Redness, heat, and swelling usually follow almost immediately. And this immediate reaction is a result of inflammation.

Unfortunately, the most devastating diseases known to humankind — cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and the list goes on — are almost always preceded by months and years of very subtle, unnoticed inflammation, as reported in the recent article in the Wall Street Journal. Inflammation is good when an injury is experienced in that often the swelling and pain limit the range of motion allowing the body to heal. However, when subtle inflammation continues for too long, it becomes destructive and may lead to manifestation of various diseases. Almost all diseases are preceded by and accompanied with inflammation. Throughout this question- and answer-style discussion, I will explore what is involved with inflammation, its impact on the body, what we can do to reduce uncontrolled inflammation and its damaging effects on our health and how to preclude falling prey to nutritional flapdoodle.

2. So you are saying that even though we might not be able to see the process of inflammation, many of us could be at risk and don’t even know it. Right?

That’s right. Inflammation is a “double edged sword” – both a helper and a villain. While inflammation is great when it serves as a warning signal as in the stubbed toe illustration, it becomes a villain when initiated by diet and lifestyle and subtly begins an uncontrolled destructive process in the body that goes unnoticed for decades until a disease of inflammation is manifested. We are facing an epidemic in inflammatory disease. It’s estimated that approximately half of all Americans suffer from an inflammatory disorder, and even more of us are at risk, and these statistics are reflected in most civilized countries.

Non-infectious inflammatory diseases have gotten worse in each of the last three decades. A physician friend of mine jokes that “Celebrex” has replaced “Prozac” as the ‘must-have’ drug of the decade.”

So you see, a silent plague is sweeping America and other countries as well, and the vast majority of us are at risk.

3.  Can you please get more specific about what happens in the body to cause inflammation and how our body’s own inherent healing system tries to heal this condition?

All right. Here’s an Inflammation 101 explanation for you. Inflammation results when cells are sick, traumatized, chemically irritated, infected, etc. Sick zones always signal messages out to the immune system for its assistance. But it’s important to realize that inflammation can occur in a low-grade, barely noticeable way, especially in the brain. I bet you didn’t know that almost all vaccines could cause brain inflammation, which may last for as long as a year. Even stress and depression can cause a low-grade, unnoticed inflammation and signals are sent to the immune system for help.

When immune cells or other immune components rush into sick or what we call the ‘hot’ zones, then free radicals are formed during the heat of battle. Free radicals can be released and always have the potential of cell and DNA damage, which can lead to disease. Now when this is left unchecked, these free radicals can damage a cell membrane or when created within a cell, damage the DNA itself. On a positive note, the body has a built in system for dealing with and preventing free radical damage when ALL cells are functioning optimally.

4. Can our diet and lifestyle make a difference in preventing cell and DNA damage as well as inflammation?

You bet it can. A diet rich in antioxidants (such as you find in colorful fresh fruits and veggies and natural food supplements like Hawaiian Spirulina and BioAstin Astaxanthin — mentioned on my website) provides “free radical scavengers” that neutralize free radicals before damage occurs and, ideally, should also supply raw materials from which each individual cell can function optimally. Unfortunately however, today our lifestyle and the nutritionally deficient foods we consume do not support the body’s efforts in preventing free radical damage. Our cells are mal-nourished; toxins are not eliminated efficiently, or in a timely manner, and this results in cells becoming sicker by the day.

For example, prolonged inflammation of a tissue caused by tobacco smoke, alcohol abuse, chemical exposure, exposure to EMR (electro magnetic radiation), improper diet, etc., produces a continuous onslaught of free radical damage that, left unchecked for years, often leads to various types of cancers. A recent study found that one central event is most closely associated with cancer development – chronic inflammation. In the study, researchers looked at a large number of cancer patients and found that almost 70 percent had pre-existing chronic inflammatory diseases for 10 to 17 years before they developed cancer.

You see, as mentioned in the recent article in the Wall Street Journal, we know that people with chronic inflammatory diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as those with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's and ulcerative colitis) and certain parasitic diseases, have a substantially higher cancer rates than that of normal people. If we include diabetes (also an inflammatory disease), we see that a great number of people are at risk.

5. How do you test for inflammation in the body?

The key players that influence this process of inflammation are toxins, infections, injury, and heredity, and our diet has a major influence on all of these factors. From my research, I believe that our diet is a major, if not the most important, external factor behind the inflammation epidemic. A substance known as C-reactive protein, measured with a simple blood test, is an indicator. Besides the upcoming list of how to reduce inflammation, keep in mind that losing weight lowers C-reactive protein levels.

6. Cancer is the # 2 cause of death in America just behind heart disease. Please tell us about the connection between inflammation and cancer.

A wide variety of exposures have for years been thought to be carcinogenic. Those suffering with diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, autoimmune and even diabetes generally have a higher risk of developing cancer. All of these conditions have one significant thing in common—they all cause inflammation and may, in fact, be caused by prolonged inflammation themselves. Thus the inflammatory process may be one vicious cycle that is out of control!

Putting all of this info into a simple summary: External assaults on the body, as well as internal metabolic processes, create free radical damage. This, in turn, creates inflammation, which, if left unresolved, may lead to various chronic diseases, which cause the body to produce high levels of inflammatory chemicals that promote prolonged inflammation. Inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, autoimmune disease, diabetes, etc may develop. Researchers are finding there is often a lag time of 15 to 17 years after the development of the inflammatory disease that cancer first appears. One study found that 65 percent of whites and 70 percent of blacks suffered from prolonged inflammatory disease before developing cancer.

So, ongoing inflammation not only contributes to the development of many cancers; it also makes the cancers grow faster and spread more readily. Many processed foods are sources of often-unrecognized inflammatory agents found in food additives.

It is imperative that you avoid processed foods as much as is reasonably possible; when choosing to consume foods that are processed, read the labels carefully so you can avoid consuming a host of chemicals and additives that may promote inflammation. A diet emphasizing plant-based foods is most ideal and is known to be anti-inflammatory. I write about this nutritional regime in my books Recipes for Health Bliss, The Curative Kitchen and The Joy Factor.

7. In your book Walking on Air: Your 30-Day Inside and Out Rejuvenation Makeover, and in your Botanical Reference Guide for Common Ailments that you offer FREE on your website, you mention some spices that heal the body. Are there any spices that are anti-inflammatory?

Definitely, top on the list would be turmeric, garlic and ginger. But you can also include such favorites such as basil, onion, fenugreek, cayenne pepper, juniper berries, and cinnamon.

8. What foods should we avoid and consume to say good-bye to inflammation? Are there any effective nutritional supplements that help reduce inflammation?

An individual’s diet and lifestyle are fundamental in supporting the body’s efforts to reduce inflammation and maintain optimal health. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is fraught in foods such as trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils, sugars and animal foods that promote inflammation. The SAD of today has about 50 times as much Omega-6 fats as the diet of our ancestors a century ago and is radically deficient in Omega-3 fats. Omega 6 in excess promotes inflammation while Omega-3 is anti-inflammatory. An antioxidant-rich diet with loads of plant-based foods, and with a high percentage of health-restoring raw foods should be your goal. Also, you want to emphasize vegetables and Omega-3-rich foods (such as flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, leafy greens, and, if you eat fish -- salmon), as these are anti-inflammatory and support optimal health at the cellular level.

9. Is there one (or two) nutritional supplement that you can recommend to help prevent inflammation and promote overall high-level wellness.

In the recent featured article in Wall Street Journal, it says that besides a healthy diet, ample sleep, weight loss, and exercise, Hawaiian Astaxanthin supports the body's normal inflammatory response. The researcher/author recommended the one I’ve take for years.

Astaxanthin is a blood-red plant pigment that belongs to the same carotenoid family as beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein. These carotenoids give plants and fruits their vibrant colors. Astaxanthin can be obtained from a few different sources, including Microalgae, Fungi, Krill, Shrimp, Red Trout and Salmon. Of these, the microalgae, called H. pluvialis, is the most potent source. The algae produce astaxanthin in response to stressors such as excessive sunlight, changes in the water pH, or lack of nutrients, for example. The astaxanthin shields the algae from the crisis, and absorbs free radicals to protect it from injury.

Astaxanthin earns the title “King of Carotenoids” by its sheer uniqueness. It’s the most potent antioxidant on planet earth and the studies show its effectiveness for eye health, heart health, skin health, brain and nervous system support. It is also the best anti-inflammatory and is the supplement to take for chronic pain. Astaxanthin can handle multiple types of free radicals simultaneously unlike the antioxidants vitamin C, E and various others, which only handle one free radical at a time. In fact, astaxanthin is 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, 500 times stronger than vitamin E, and 3,000 times stronger than resveratrol and quercetin. This comparison was done by a very reputable scientist, Nishida. He was using three different types of free radicals. Astaxanthin eclipsed the other antioxidants.

Furthermore, astaxanthin has a flawless safety record. No harmful side effects have been noted in any of the many safety studies performed. I take 12 mg daily of the Hawaiian Astaxanthin written about in detail on my website.

We are bombarded by such an onslaught of free radicals. The free radicals come from the environment, those in our food, pesticides, herbicides, environmental smoke, and excessive sunlight.  If I am going to be out hiking in the sunlight for more than a couple hours, I definitely want some protection. And astaxanthin provides that internal protection.
It is one of the most amazing supplements I have ever learned about. The only one that exceeds it in importance to be taking every day, from my perspective, is vitamin D.

Make sure you only take a natural and not a synthetic astaxanthin. The one that’s known as the best in the nutritional industry comes from Kona, Hawaii. I write about it in detail on my website. You can also find out how to get a discount on my website. Keep in mind that it’s not a cure. However, it can effectively relieve symptoms, help heal your body, and definitely reduce inflammation when taken consistently over several weeks (effects are usually noticeable after about two to four weeks. And in many cases, it can work much more effectively than far more expensive and potentially toxic prescription anti-inflammatories and over-the-counter painkillers.
9. Overall, please summarize all of the positive things that people can do, starting today, to reduce inflammation.

• Eat a clean, nature diet with emphasis on plant-based foods and lots of fresh veggies and foods rich on Omega-3 fatty acids.

• Get ample sleep nightly.

• Keep stress levels down.

• Exercise.

• Keep your body detoxified with purified water.

• Shed any extra weight you may be carrying on your body.

• Add some anti-inflammatory spices into your diet like turmeric and ginger.

• Drink alkaline water, as I do, that’s described in detail on my website.

• Take respites of quiet time during the day and breathe deeply – helps lower stress. (Increasing oxygen lowers stress which lowers inflammation.) Meditate.

• Spend time at least weekly out in nature.

• Show by your actions daily that your health is a top priority for you.

• Besides Hawaiian Astaxanthin, I also highly recommend and take daily Hawaiian Spirulina, which I write about on my website. I have never taken any prescription medications in my life and haven’t had a cold or the flu in years. One of the reasons is because I take these two supplements daily.


Susan Smith Jones, MS, PhD, is a leading voice in America and worldwide in the fields of health and fitness, personal growth, optimal nutrition, natural remedies, longevity, balanced living, and human potential. As a much sought-after motivational speaker, wellness consultant, and holistic lifestyle coach extraordinaire, Susan travels internationally as she works with Fortune 500 companies; community, spiritual, and women’s groups; corporations and businesses; and with families and special individual clients. She shares her wealth of knowledge and expertise on how to live successfully and create your best life in body, mind, and spirit. Susan is the author of several popular audio programs and over 25 books, including The Joy Factor (foreword by Wayne Dyer), Walking on Air (foreword by Alexandra Stoddard), Recipes for Health Bliss (full color cookbook with over 150 photographs), and her celebrated holistic lifestyle collection, Renew Your Life, which has a worldwide following. Visit: www.SusanSmithJones.com.

On Susan’s website, you will be able to get her natural remedy guide for over 90 common ailments and two eBooks absolutely FREE.

Dear Readers: To learn more about Susan’s favorite superfoods and Hawaiian Astaxanthin and Hawaiian Spirulina that she takes daily and recommends to all of her clients, please visit her website. You will also learn how to get a discount on these two products. Susan does not sell any nutritional supplements. She only recommends ones that she takes herself and has tested their efficacy. On her website, you can read about how to lose 1-3 pounds weekly with the Hawaiian Spirulina.


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