Posted on Leave a comment

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The “Ice Bucket Challenge” has drawn so much attention via the news and the Internet recently. It’s so great that so many people have been motivated to try and help find a cure for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s ever greater that we are raising awareness of a disease that many know nothing about because together we can wipe out disease.
It is a big concern that most of that funding will go toward finding a pharmaceutical drug that will ATTEMPT to treat the disease. Which saddens me, because we already have natural remedies that can greatly REDUCE your risk of ALS without having to take a dangerous drug.
Let’s talk about this for a minute. One thing we could do right now to stop ALS is to stop statin drug prescriptions.

Did you know that there’s a connection between this cholesterol-lowering category of drugs and ALS?

First, a World Health Organization drug monitoring group in Sweden started getting a flood of reports that statins – HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors – were associated with a “disproportionally high reporting of upper motor neurone lesions.” The kind one gets with ALS.1
But no one paid attention to the reports.

Mainstream medicine even ignored the evidence from researchers at the University of California, San Diego.

They did a “Statin Effects Study” that also looked into reports of the horrible effects of statin drugs. They found that ALL 10 people they looked at had ALS-like symptoms when taking their statin drugs, and ALL of them had the symptoms go away when they stopped taking the drug.2
There are other completely natural ways to help your body REDUCE the risk of ALS that you can use starting right now:

1) Vitamin B12 is a good example.

We’ve known about its benefits for ALS patients for years. When you give people with ALS high doses of methylcobalamin, the most absorbable form of vitamin B12, they can move around much better and with less pain. They get a huge increase in muscle action potential amplitudes (CMAPs).3 That’s the measure they use to find how well and ALS sufferer can move around.
A normal dose of B12 won’t do the trick though. In the study, people who got .5 mg a day showed no improvement in movement. You need much more.

Liver, red meat, clams and other shellfish are the best natural sources. That’s because B12 is only produced in the gut of animals. You can’t get it from plants. They don’t need B12 so they don’t store it. But animals do.

You can also supplement, but be aware that as you get older you may have difficulty absorbing vitamin B12. So use the most absorbable form which is methylcobalamin. It’s the active form of B12 that’s ready for your body to use. In addition, it’s the only form that can cross the blood brain barrier, so you can get it where you need it most. For brain protection, take at least 2,000 mcg per day.

2) The second thing to do is make sure you get enough omega-3s.

I talk to you about these healthy fats often, and this is why. The mountain of evidence showing how omega-3s improve your health and protect you is staggering.
A new study out of Harvard I found when I was doing research on this – which hasn’t even been printed yet – looked at over 1 million people and their risk for ALS. It shows that high intake of omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of ALS by 40-60%.4 Now that’s astounding! Show me a drug that does that.

A good source of omega-3s is to eat more small oily fish like sardines or herring. Sardines are at the bottom of the ocean’s food chain. They only feed on plankton so they don’t build up heavy metals and other contaminants in their flesh like larger fish do.
To really ramp up your levels of omega-3, I recommend supplementing with a combination of squid and kill oils. In one study, people taking krill oil had their omega-3s skyrocket by 178%.5 And squid oil has more DHA, the brain-protective omega-3, than any other source on earth. In fact, some squid oils can contain over 65% DHA.6
Make sure you get more than 3 grams of omega-3 a day for complete brain protection.

3.)  Take Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been shown to play a vital role. Coconut oil contains medium chain tri-glycerides (MCT) which are processed and metabolized in the liver into ketones.  Ketones penetrate the brain blood barrier and provide an alternative fuel source for the brain cells. Coconut oil is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial and if the addition is not carefully managed it can result in extreme detoxification symptoms, which some people put down to being allergic to the oil. That is not the case, they need to just start a LOT more slowly, even 1 teaspoon a day with meals.

Remember #TogetherWeCanWipeOutDisease

For More help call our office today 813-968-5404.
1. Edwards I, Star K, Kiuru A. “Statins, neuromuscular degenerative disease and an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-like syndrome: an analysis of individual case safety reports from vigibase.” Drug Saf. 2007;30(6):515-25.
2. Golomb B, Kwon E, Koperski S, Evans M. “Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-like conditions in possible association with cholesterol-lowering drugs: an analysis of patient reports to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Statin Effects Study.” Drug Saf. 2009;32(8):649-61.
3. Kaji R, Kodama M, Imamura A, Hashida T, Kohara N, Ishizu M, Inui K, Kimura J. “Effect of ultrahigh-dose methylcobalamin on compound muscle action potentials in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: a double-blind controlled study.” Muscle Nerve. 1998;21(12):1775-8.
4. Fitzgerald K, O’Reilly E, Falcone G, McCullough M, Park Y, Kolonel L, Ascherio A. “Dietary ?-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Intake and Risk for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.” JAMA Neurol. 2014 Jul 14. Epub ahead of print.
5. Maki K, Reeves M, Farmer M, Griinari M, Berge K, Vik H, Hubacher R, Rains T. “Krill oil supplementation increases plasma concentrations of EPA and DHA in overweight and obese men and women.” Nutr Res. 2009;29(9):609-15.
6. Hwang L, Liang J. “Fractionation of urea-pretreated squid visceral oil ethyl esters.” Journal of the American Oil Chemists‘ Society 2001;Volume 78, Issue 5, pp 473-476.

 
Now I’d like to hear from you…
 

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below.

To Your Good Health,

Dr Elena M Morreale

For More Information: Call Dr Elena Morreale (Alternative Cancer and Health Therapies, Tampa, FL)             813-968-5404      .

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Like The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Facebook
Posted on Leave a comment

Hormones and What Ladies Need To Know Part 4 of 4

So how do you get on bioidentical hormone? The self-dosing method that many women use, which is very unscientific of course, is to take dessicated animal hormones, such as thyroid, you can get at a health food store. These are natural supplements, and as such, are unregulated. (There are measures being actively legislated that would take our access to natural supplements away except as prescribed by M.D.’s. Europeans have already lost many of their rights to, for instance, higher-dose vitamin supplements.)
I recommend if you can afford it, however, you get a full blood panel and have a bioidentical specialist interpret it and get a compounding pharmacy to make your prescription supplements.  Some practitioners are nurse practitioners, others N.D.’s, M.D.’s, even chiropractors with additional training.

Law requires your practitioner to get your blood tested every six months to make sure your hormones are at appropriate levels. Unfortunately most insurance companies do not cover the full blood panel for a holistic practitioner—or much of anything that practitioner does, actually.

(Incidentally, under President Obama’s health care reform, our ability to get bioidentical hormone through non-M.D. practitioners, and compounding pharmacies, is in serious jeopardy within a year or two. You can imagine that drug companies are threatened by the increasing competition from inexpensive, natural bioidenticals. They have exerted their influence over our policymakers.)

Suzanne Somers believes bioidentical hormones saved her life, now well over a decade past her cancer diagnosis. I, too, believe they play an important role in health.  Like many if not most women, estrogen-dominance is a problem, and natural progesterone balances it very effectively.
Remember #HealthIsAChoice

Now I’d like to hear from you…

 

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below.

To Your Good Health,

Dr Elena M Morreale

For More Information: Call Dr Elena Morreale (Alternative Cancer and Health Therapies, Tampa,FL)             813-968-5404.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Like Hormones and What We Need to Know Ladies (part 4 of 4) on Facebook
Posted on Leave a comment

Hormones and What Ladies Need To Know (part 3 of 4)

There’s more you have to know about hormones.

Being estrogen dominant causes stroke, heart attack, cancer (especially of the reproductive organs), and osteoporosis, to name a few.
We need estrogen dominance in the first week of our 28-day cycle. Estrogen prepares a woman for conception, and it promotes rapid cell growth. It has its function, but when it’s excessive all month long, you can imagine how it fuels cancer growth. It also activates a cancer-stimulating gene called Bcl-2. (Progesterone, though, down-regulates that same gene). Then progesterone should become dominant during the last two weeks of our cycle, to protect pregnancy. When we don’t have enough progesterone, we get PMS symptoms. Women who balance their estrogen appropriately with bioidentical creams find that their PMS symptoms abate.

Many of my patients symptoms completely, totally disappeared years ago, and they used to have moderate to severe symptoms: big mood swings, a lot of crying and general hatefulness towards people they actually loved, cramps that required drugs. All gone for many years now.

Women who have too much estrogen are often prescribed synthetic hormones. And that’s the vast majority of women over 40 these days, who are estrogen dominant. A significant percentage of women under 40 are, too. (Birth control hormone virtually guarantees estrogen dominance!)
They think they are balancing their hormones, with drugs. They’re not. You cannot balance your hormones with drugs.

Fact is, the hormones are SIMILAR to the natural hormone produced in the body, but not the same.  Testosterone and progesterone, molecularly, are very, very similar. You know they’re very different in their function, don’t you? You’d have to stare at a picture of both of them, to ascertain the tiny difference in the oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen atoms. My point is, a small molecular difference is a very big deal!
And Provera, the synthetic “progesterone”-like drug prescribed to bring progesterone into balance? It’s far more dissimilar, molecularly, from natural progesterone than natural testosterone is!

For 20 years, doctors prescribed women synthetic estrogen for menopause symptoms—with no progesterone for the “check and balance”—and then discovered massive rates of endometrial cancer. Women with low progesterone have a 540 percent higher incidence of cancer than women with normal progesterone levels, according to a Johns Hopkins study in the 1980’s.

The Women’s Health Initiative studied 16,000 women receiving Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT, or synthetic, hormone-similar drugs) from 1997 to 2005. However, in 2002 the study was stopped, because the women were experiencing so many life-threatening side effects. No bioidentical hormones were used in the study. Only Premarin, an estrogen so named because it is made from PREgnant MAres’ uRINe, and the highly dangerous Provera, a progestin, or drug that is similar to, but different than, natural progesterone.

Another huge study published in JAMA in 2000, followed 46,000 women prescribed Premarin and Provera and discovered that if they use HRT for five years, their breast cancer rate was 40 percent higher than women not using HRT! At this point, in my opinion, prescribing these drugs equates to malpractice. But have they been taken off the market? Of course not. They are still the most common form of HRT prescribed today, in combination! It’s easy and inexpensive to use natural “bioidentical” hormone, which simply means that it is molecularly identical to the hormone produced in the body. So why don’t more people use it?

Because who would profit by promoting it? Suzanne Somers does, and brave pioneering M.D.’s like Jonathan Wright and John R. Lee do. They are more interested in the truth than in blindly furthering drug companies’ agenda. (Only altered molecules can be patented. Only patented substances can earn billions of dollars. Bioidentical substances are very inexpensive and since they are natural, unpatentable. So if you’re Big Pharma—which do you market to doctors?)

More docs know the research, which proves that using bioidentical hormone PREVENTS cancer, and using synthetic facsimiles CAUSE cancer. Still, most don’t. Most continue to prescribe synthetic drugs well documented to cause cancer and a host of other problems in tens of thousands of women.

Remember #HealthIsAChoice

Now I’d like to hear from you…
 

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below.

To Your Good Health,

Dr Elena M Morreale

For More Information: Call Dr Elena Morreale (Alternative Cancer and Health Therapies, Tampa, FL) 813-968-5404.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

 

 

 

Like Hormones and What We Need to Know Ladies (part 3 of 4) on Facebook
Posted on Leave a comment

More Info On Hormones

You already know fresh fruits and veggies protect against cancer. Thousands of studies say so. Part of that is vitamins and mineral and fiber, of course. But part is that they protect against estrogen dominance! There are seven classes of “phytoestrogens” that you would be wise to seek out, in your diet:
Isoflavones and coumestans are the strongest classes of these nutrients, ten times stronger than the othersLegumes have the highest concentration of both isoflavones and coumestans. In countries where women suffer the least from PMS and menopause—Asia, South and Central America–legumes are staples. In the U.S., we eat meat instead of legumes. And meat is heavy to digest: acidic, highly estrogenic, free of fiber, and low in micronutrients.
Flavones, coflavonones, flavanols, lignans, and chalcones are the other five compounds. They might sound like Greek to you, but exposure to those words will help you recognize references in the future to these little friends that heal and protect us from risk everywhere in our environment. One reason I promote a 60-80 percent raw diet is that raw foods are phenomenally healing, but if we take up an extreme position of 100 percent, we’ve eliminated legumes. They add bulk, they’re easy to eat, and they’re highly nutritious as evidenced by research on the many millions of people on the planet who eat a lot of them. (Yes, you can sprout raw legumes, and feel free to do that, but they’re starchy and hard to eat that way in any kind of quantity.)
You can’t always control the smog you’re exposed to—but you can certainly control what you put in your mouth. Some disease factors are fully in your control, and the flip side, when you follow the rules, is that you have stable mood, youthfulness, and pretty skin, hair and nails.
Because when you lose your female hormones, it’s your body’s signal to begin dying. Who wants THAT? Not me.
Here’s the good news. You don’t have to chase berries up the Himalayan mountains to get a variety of these compounds in your diet. These are found in virtually every vegetable, fruit, seed, legume, and grain.
Shocker! It’s the diet I teach. All paths lead to Rome, don’t they? It’s not an agenda of mine—it’s science. It’s like shootin’ fish in a barrel, to prove to you why you should EAT MORE PLANTS.
The reasons are so many, to shift to this kind of diet, I can hardly enumerate them!
A simple progression in a year of transition, and you, too, could be eating the most disease-preventative diet possible. While living in the “real world,” traveling, going to parties, and having a normal social life. It’s possible. I do it.
Next we talk a little about specifics of estrogen and progesterone.

Remember #HealthIsAChoice.  We are here to help, Your health is Our Priority!

Now I’d like to hear from you…
 

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below.

To Your Good Health,

Dr Elena M Morreale

For More Information: Call Dr Elena Morreale (Alternative Cancer and Health Therapies, Tampa, FL)             813-968-5404      .

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Like More info on Hormones on Facebook
Posted on Leave a comment

Hormones and Important info

This series is to educate you about female issues with hormones, and your alternatives to drug solutions. So you may seek competent medical advice from a holistic practitioner.

But read this if you have two X chromosomes, or love someone who does! We women are loaded for risk, at every turn in the modern world, and our endocrine system is fragile. I believe that depression, fragile bones, reproductive cancers, and rapid aging are highly preventable, with a little education and a little good health care that deals with the whole organism. Hormones are never actually “corrected” with a synthetic chemical solution. Quite the opposite, in fact.

We have to be educated about what is happening to us, in an environment where 80,000 chemicals have been approved for use by our government, and many of them damage our hormone balance.

(Men, too, are affected by hormone imbalances, and endocrine disruptors in our environment. Prostate cancer is heavily linked to testosterone imbalance, for instance. But this series focuses on female hormone issues.)

In the briefest possibly way, we’re going to talk about why women have more hormone issues than men. Why synthetic hormones are harmful and bioidentical hormones (and/or sometimes herbs, high-iodine plants or other natural substances) are not only helpful, but critical. We’re going to talk about what elements in our environment create hormone imbalance.

The vast majority of hormone imbalance in women is estrogen dominance. The ratio of estrogen to progesterone is critically important to maintain balance. Because of so many xenoestrogens (pronounced zeno-estrogens) in the S.A.D.(Standard American Diet) and environment, most women have too much estrogen and too little progesterone.

Xenoestrogens are “foreign” estrogens that cause the body to overproduce estrogen. They are derived from petrochemicals, and they include pesticides, lawn and garden and insect sprays, soaps, plastics, meat and dairy products (since livestock is fed estrogenic drugs to fatten them), ground water, car exhaust, and smog.These chemicals we’re all bombarded with bind to estrogen receptors in our bodies, and damage egg follicles, causing problems with ovarian function.

These xenohormones do not degrade over time. We are affected by the false hormones our mothers were exposed to when they were pregnant with us! Many species in our environment have been damaged or killed off by these chemicals, but they are reducing sperm count and reducing fertility in women.

Alcohol and prescription drugs also affect our estrogen dominance, because the liver is heavily taxed, which compromises the liver’s ability to filter out excess estrogens.

And guess what else causes to over-produce estrogen. Fat cells! They store the fake “xenoestrogens” as well, which continue to cause problems as long as they’re held there.

Next we will talk about the kinds of foods known to protect against xenoestrogens!

Remember #HealthIsAChoice

We are here to help, YOUR health is OUR priority!

Now I’d like to hear from you…
 

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below.

To Your Good Health,

Dr Elena M Morreale

For More Information: Call Dr Elena Morreale (Alternative Cancer and Health Therapies, Tampa, FL)             813-968-5404      .

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Like Hormones and Important Info on Facebook
Posted on Leave a comment

Chiropractic Care May Reduce Gym and Fitness-Related Injuries

From New Zealand on May 23, 2014, comes the above headline and story in NZDoctor reporting on research conducted at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.  The research shows that failure to control or properly activate one’s core muscles can lead to injury such as spinal injuries. Chiropractic care can help prevent these issues by removing interference to the nervous system from spinal subluxations.
http://www.braile.net/Newsletters/2014_NYK/soccer-guy.jpgDr Heidi Haavik, Director of Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, explains, “We know that delayed trunk muscle reflex responses increase the risk of low back injuries. Research suggests that this is partly due to a failure of the brain to predict what is going to happen during some movements, affecting what is known as feed-forward activation times of the deep abdominal musculature. There is now accumulating evidence that chiropractic care may play a part in improving the ability of the brain to engage the core muscles appropriately and stabilize the spine.”
“It was exactly a hundred years ago that chiropractic arrived in New Zealand and although hundreds of thousands of patients have benefited since then, like many other successful modalities, it has taken time for science to catch up and demonstrate how it actually works,” states Dr. Hayden Thomas, chiropractor and spokesperson for the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association. “It now appears that an inability of the brain to activate the core muscles in time may be the cause of many gym and fitness-related injuries. It may be due to poor nervous system coordination which you can’t feel until it is too late.”
Dr Haavik describes how chiropractic can help with this issue by explaining, “Chiropractic care improves the communication between the brain and body and results in better control of the core muscles during body movements, so that your spine is at less risk of injury. We are also starting to see research developing which suggests that a single session of chiropractic care may improved muscle activation and increase muscle contractions equivalent to findings following three weeks of strength training. This line of research also suggests chiropractic care may possibly reduce muscle fatigue developing during strong contractions.”
Many athletes use chiropractic care for performance enhancement, and prior studies have shown that athletes under chiropractic care improve their reactions times. This newest study adds another explanation of how athletic performance and injury prevention are improved under chiropractic care.

Remember #HealthIsAPriority.  Your Health is our priority, WE are here to help.
 

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below.

To Your Good Health,

Dr Elena M Morreale

For More Information: Call Dr Elena Morreale (Alternative Cancer and Health Therapies, Tampa, FL)813-968-5404      .

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Like Reduce Gym and Fitness-Related Injuries on Facebook
Posted on Leave a comment

Why Do We Need to Detox?

There is no better time than the present to fortify our diet and cement healthy eating.  Ironically, while healthy eating is our birthright, for many of us it seems like taking the plunge into eating a whole foods-based diet is the equivalent to traveling to outer space.  But it doesn’t have to be such a scary or foreign experience.
In my work as a functional medicine doctor, my priority is to guide each patient through a safe, simple, realistic, and pleasurable transition into healthy eating. Because whole foods-based diets remove all the sugary, fatty, chemical-laden, artificial stuff from the diet, they sometimes get called a detox or a cleanse.

Why is detoxification important?
When our bodies become toxic it means that our natural method of eliminating metabolic waste from normal human metabolism, environmental pollution, and what has become known as the Standard American Diet (or SAD) has exceeded the threshold for what the body’s innate detoxification system can tolerate.  With this toxic load, every system in the human body can become affected.  From our head to our toes and everything in between, and toxicity makes us sick!

How do you know if you are toxic and need to properly cleanse?
Usually a slew of complaints help to determine whether or not you are toxic and to what extent you need to cleanse.  Some examples of what might indicate a toxic system are:
·         constipation
·         persistent headaches, muscle aches, and muscle fatigue
·         mercury fillings and dental amalgams
·         food allergies
·         stubborn weight loss
·         hormonal imbalances and consistent use of hormone replacement such as “the pill” or progesterone cream
·         consistent use of NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
·         skin abnormalities such as acne, rosacea, or eczema
·         a lifetime of consuming the SAD diet

How long should you stay on a cleanse? 
Typical cleanses that harness our body’s natural processes for filtering and removing waste tend to be gentle and can therefore  be tolerated for longer periods of time than more extreme protocols.  A safe cleanse is one which doesn’t make you starve yourself or take fancy pills, potions, or expensive drinks.
Safety means allowing the body to do what it wants to do naturally, with a little assistance from some guided healthy eating, appropriate supplements, and relevant lifestyle modifications.  I usually have my patients do a cleanse for 7 days to 6 weeks, or even longer, depending on their particular needs.

How to prepare for a cleanse?
We need to prepare, plan, and set out some main goals for our journey.  So how can we plan for a safe and simple detoxification protocol?
1.    Take some basic measurements before you begin to track your progress as you go through your program.  For example, if weight loss is your goal, measure your waist, hips, and record your weight.  If, migraines are an issue, determine the duration, intensity and frequency.  Keep a journal; this will help you in more ways than one!
2.    Make lists!  Organize your pantry, toss out the junk, gather recipes, sketch out weekly menus, make shopping lists for healthy foods you will be eating and formulate a cooking schedule to ensure you allot time to prepare food for the week.
3.    Use journaling as a way to “cleanse” your inner world and relieve yourself of mental and emotional stress.
4.    Gather any supplements you need to take that have been advised for you by your medical provider.
5.    Think about the kind of exercise that will best complement your end goal and plan for it in your schedule.
6.    Detoxification requires you to slow down.  Make sure you fit time for deep relaxation into your plan.
7.    Often, unsavory side effects appear in the initial phase of a cleanse.  Two side effects to look for and keep track of in your journal are:
·         Constipation.  Move those bowels!  Drink plenty of purified water.  Use a probiotic and digestive enzyme!
·         Food allergies or sensitivities.  These can be obvious or obscure.  But chances are, as your body lets go of toxic waste, it will be easier to recognize a hidden reaction to gluten, dairy, soy or any of the other common food allergies.

Common symptoms the first few days of withdrawal from a toxic lifestyle and the SAD (Standard American Diet)
The following symptoms are very common at the beginning of the program and should dissipate within the first few days. Don’t worry, these symptoms are indicative that your body is eliminating toxins and are a good sign!
·         bad breath
·         constipation
·         achy, flu-like feeling
·         fatigue
·         headache
·         hunger
·         irritability
·         itchy skin
·         nausea
·         offensive body odor
·         sleep difficulties (too much or too little)
These symptoms can occur for a number of reasons. First, eliminating food allergies and un-junking the diet causes reactions similar to withdrawal from other addictive substances like caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, cocaine, or heroin. Note: We are often most addicted to the foods we are allergic to! Getting off those allergens can cause a brief, flu-like achy syndrome that may last one to three days. Second, toxins in our digestive tract may make us feel ill if we don’t eliminate them. The best way to get relief from these symptoms is to follow the recommendations below.

How to avoid withdrawal symptoms
Initially, those who consume the most caffeine, alcohol, and sugar, and those who have the most food allergies, will have the most difficulty. Symptoms usually disappear after three to four days. It is best to slowly reduce your intake of caffeine, alcohol, sugar, white flour, and over-the-counter medications (except as directed by your physician) a week or two before you start your program.
1.    Drink at least six to eight glasses of filtered water daily.  Stay away from plastic bottles; glass bottles are okay.
2.    To prevent headaches, make sure your bowels are clean.  You should be having at least 2-3 bowel movements per day!
3.    Fatigue is normal during a cleanse so allow more time for rest and sleep. To boost energy, exercise for 30 minutes a day.  Walking outside in fresh air is best.  Roll up those sleeves and let the sun hit you with some vitamin D!
4.    Don’t wait until you are starving to eat!  Balance your blood sugar by eating protein-based meals and snacks every three to four hours.  Excellent sources of protein are baked or broiled fish, lean poultry, and legumes such as edamame or black beans.
5.    Heat is a great resource while cleansing as it helps draw out toxins from within.  Try a sauna or a warm bath (with ¼ cup apple cider vinegar added to the water) for 20 minutes a few times per week.
6.    While safe, these types of cleanses can still be stressful on the body and mind so remember to relax.  Actively engaging your parasympathetic nervous system helps restore your energy which your body needs to replenish itself.  Meditation, deep breathing, or any calming activity is good.
7.    Eliminate all refined sugars, flours, caffeine, alcohol, dairy, gluten, or addictive substances.  By allowing certain triggers to stay in the diet the body stays on the vicious cycle of cravings and addictive behavior.  Reset your biology to eliminate all triggers.
8.    Keep a journal and track your symptoms.  You should feel better in three to seven days.  If you do not feel well at this point, please exercise caution and check in with your doctor.
9.    Tune in to your body and listen to the cues it provides.  A cleanse is a great journey to learn more about understanding how to operate your very own owner’s manual!

Remember #HealthIsAChoice  Our Priority is your Health and we are here to help.
Now I’d like to hear from you…
 

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below.

To Your Good Health,

Dr Elena M Morreale

For More Information: Call Dr Elena Morreale (Alternative Cancer and Health Therapies, Tampa, FL) 813-968-5404 .

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Like It's Time to Detox on Facebook
Posted on Leave a comment

Fire Up The Grill

Whether you fire up the grill for weekend entertaining or use it each night, think of your grill as an extension of your kitchen. With the right education, preparation, and planning the grill can be the perfect place to cook up a healthy meal that everyone can enjoy.

1. Choose Lean Alternatives.
Venture out of your comfort zone and grill up non – traditional forms of meat such as buffalo, ostrich, and venison (deer), pheasant, and quail.
Quick Reference Guide for Lean Cooking:

  • Poultry: Skinless, white meat chicken or turkey; ground turkey breast
  • Beef: Flank steak, top loin, sirloin, tenderloin; 93% lean ground beef or higher
  • Veal: Any trimmed cut
  • Lamb: Lamb chops

2. Portion it Out:
1 pound of ground meat should make 4 burgers; this helps to keep portion sizes in check.  A serving of meat should be 3-4 oz, about the size of a deck of cards.

3. Skip the Processed Meats.
Grilled uncured, nitrate and sulfite free hotdogs and sausage (Applegate Farms), even the lean varieties such as turkey hot dogs or chicken sausage contain cancer causing substances from the preservation techniques used. The American Institute for Cancer Research has linked processed meats to an increase in colorectal cancer.

4. Marinate Your Meat.
The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends marinating meat for at least 30 minutes to help reduce cancer risk. Scientist are unsure why, but it appears that the marinade acts as a barrier to protect against carcinogens. Skinless chicken marinated in pineapple juice and bragg’s amino acid makes for an easy to prepare meal you will enjoy!

5. Side Dish Switch Up!
Sweet Potato salad, coleslaw, and macaroni salads are all popular BBQ foods, however, many times these are laden with full fat mayonnaise. Instead, use fat free yogurt for half of the mayonnaise in the recipe to help reduce total calorie and fat intake. Here are a few more nutrient dense side dishes that will be great for any BBQ get together!
Serve beans as a side dish for a fiber boost!
Fresh vegetable and fruit trays to provide vitamins and minerals as well as fiber to help you and your guests from overeating.

Grill some vegetables in aluminum foil packages, such as:

  • Onion sliced into 1/2-inch rounds.
  • Eggplant, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices.
  • Zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices.
  • Asparagus spears.  Simple and easy, you can just grill whole spears.

6. Clean the Grill.
Scrape down and scrub the grill after every use to help remove the carcinogenic residue that can build up.

New Age Grilling
Switch up your traditional grill cuisine with some of these new age twist on some of my favorite foods!

Grilled Kale Chips – Brush Kale leaves with olive oil, place on a sheet of aluminum foil and grill for 2 minutes on each side, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Grilled Caesar Salad – Brush romaine lettuce leaves with olive oil, grill for 2 minutes on each side, toss with your favorite salad dressind. Yum!

Grilled Fruit – A few favorites include slice fresh peaches, pineapple, apples, pears and bananas. Soak the fruit in water for about 20 minutes, this will make the it easier to grill. Lightly spray grill with cooking oil and grill for 2 – 3 minutes on each side. Spice up your fruit by adding nutmeg, allspice, ginger, or cloves. *Make sure your grill is very clean before heating up to cook fruit!

Now I’d like to hear from you…
 

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below.

To Your Good Health,

Dr Elena M Morreale

For More Information: Call Dr Elena Morreale (Alternative Cancer and Health Therapies, Tampa, FL)    813-968-5404      .

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Like Fire Up The Grill on Facebook
Posted on Leave a comment

Estrogen, Estrogen and More Estrogen!!!

Our environment and lifestyle contributes to hormonal imbalances which devastate not only the health of women, but men too! Estrogen is typically considered a female hormone, vital for the reproductive system. Yet with the widespread use of plastics and pesticides, estrogen dominance is now a serious issue for both men and women. Excessive levels not only increase the incidence of breast, colon and prostate cancer, but also cause weight gain, fatigue, irritability and mental instability. Estrogen can be found in a variety of consumer goods like cosmetics, shampoos, oil-based coatings and animal products, we are bombarded by chemical estrogens on a daily basis.. Minimizing the damaging effects is a three-fold process: limit exposure, detoxify and balance with progesterone.

Toxic world

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to avoid chemical estrogens in the environment. BPA, phthalates and pesticides are the most prevalent sources – and the most damaging. As a petroleum-based chemical that imitates estrogen, BPA is a substantial endocrine disrupter – causing serious hormonal imbalance. Another environmental chemical estrogen, phthalates are found in plastics along with personal care products. Likewise, pesticides also exert an estrogenic effect on the body when consumed. Avoiding exposure to all three is crucial for health, although further action is needed to fully balance the system.

Detoxify

Through the diet and with specific supplements, surplus estrogen can be safely
removed from the body. Since it is metabolized by the liver, tending to this organ is the first step. Consuming plenty of leafy greens as well as superfoods like spirulina chlorella, alfalfa, and wheat grass help to keep the liver clear and functioning properly. Turmeric and milk thistle are excellent cleansers as well.

Likewise, cultivating a healthy gut will also rid the system of extra estrogen.  Limiting simple carbs and focusing on fruits, vegetables (especially cruciferous) and omega-3 rich foods is beneficial. Including a high quality probiotic , digestive enzyme along with flax and chia seeds is even better. Fiber is also a worthwhile addition as it sweeps excess estrogen from the intestinal tract.

“10 Ways To Lower Estrogen Toxic Load,” an article written by Charles Poliquin, suggests adequate protein is essential to counteract excessive estrogen:

“… low protein diets have been shown to decrease activity of something called cytochrome P450 that detoxifies estrogen. The amino acids lysine and threonine have been shown to support liver function and since estrogen is metabolized by the liver, it is thought that these proteins can help get rid of estrogen from the body. Lysine and threonine are found in meat, fish, beans, eggs, and some seeds (sesame, fenugreek).” (i)

Poliquin also stresses the need to decrease body fat. Apparently, the more fat tissue one has, the more estrogen is present due to higher levels of aromatase, an enzyme that transforms testosterone to estrogen. Yet another reason to lose those extra pounds.

Balance

Lastly, amplifying progesterone will offset the damaging influence of surplus estrogen. Unfortunately, through stress and aging, levels of this necessary hormone begin to drop – leading to further estrogen dominance. When progesterone levels are balanced:  energy, mental stability, libido and healthy weight return. Hormonal cancer risks are slashed as well. Standard treatments for low progesterone usually involve a topical cream. But not all are created equal. It is important to seek advice from a healthcare practitioner well versed in this area. Diet can also impact bioavailable progesterone. Herbs such as tumeric, thyme and oregano encourage production of the hormone. Walnuts, black cherries and foods loaded with zinc are helpful too.

Also, exercise, plenty of rest and reducing stress all assist in maintaining adequate progesterone levels – which in turn, balances overabundant estrogen.

Call our office today so we can help you achieve ultimate health!  Your health is our priority! Remember #HealthIsAChoice.

Now I’d like to hear from you…
 

 

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below.

To Your Good Health,

Dr Elena M Morreale

Reference:

(i) http://www.charlespoliquin.com

For More Information: Call Dr Elena Morreale (Alternative Cancer and Health Therapies, Tampa, FL)813-968-5404 .

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Like Estrogen Overload!! on Facebook
Posted on 1 Comment

Coconut Oil and Diabetes

Coconut Oil should be part of a diet to control blood sugar and diabetes.

Diabetes Epidemic

25.8 million children and adults in the United States, 8.3% of the population, have diabetes.1 The current rate of people becoming diabetic in the United states is doubling every 10 years. This has resulted in a windfall for pharmaceutical companies capitalizing on this “disease” with drugs designed to treat type 2 diabetes, but not deal with the underlying cause. These drugs have serious side effects.
One of the most popular diabetes drugs, Avandia, was pulled off the market in 2011 after a number of studies showed that the drug increased the risk of heart attacks among type 2 diabetes patients. The manufacturer of the drug reached a $3 billion settlement in December 2011 over its fraudulent marketing of the drug, the largest federal criminal drug-company settlement to date.

Coconut Oil and Type 2 Diabetes

Restricting refined sugar, refined carbohydrates, and alcohol from one’s diet, while increasing healthy saturated fats and protein, can reverse type 2 diabetes. This information has been known for years, however, among those in the alternative health crowd. Even the mainstream media is starting to report that type 2 diabetes is reversible through diet.2
Replacing longer chain polyunsaturated fats, such as corn and soybean oil, with the saturated fat of coconut oil, can reduce cravings for refined carbohydrates that contribute to insulin resistance. Coconut oil’s ability to control hunger and cravings is well documented. Coconut oil’s medium chain fatty acids promote thermogenesis and lead to increased metabolic rates which by the way enhances weight loss.
Population studies of societies that consume much of their calories from the saturated fats of coconut oil show that diabetes is very rare. A study done in India in 1998 showed that when Indians abandoned traditional fats like ghee and coconut oil, and started using polyunsaturated fats like sunflower or safflower oils, that the rates of diabetes became alarmingly high.3 Studies carried out in many South Pacific Island countries have revealed the same thing: when the traditional diet high in coconut oil is abandoned in favor of more modern foods that are highly processed, including polyunsaturated vegetable oils, there is a direct increase in the rate of diabetes and other western diseases.

A study done in 2009 at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia by Dr. Nigel Turner and Associate Professor Jiming Ye demonstrated that a diet rich in coconut oil protects against ‘insulin resistance’ (an impaired ability of cells to respond to insulin) in muscle and fat.4 A diet rich in coconut oil, which is high in medium chain fatty acids, also avoids the accumulation of body fat caused by other high fat diets of longer chain fatty acids of similar calorie content. These findings are important because obesity and insulin resistance are major factors leading to the development of Type 2 diabetes.
A study was conducted in 2010 “to study the effect of saturated fatty acid (SFA)-rich dietary vegetable oils on the lipid profile, endogenous antioxidant enzymes and glucose tolerance in type 2 diabetic rats.” The study concluded: “The type of fatty acid in the dietary oil determines its deleterious or beneficial effects. Lauric acid present in coconut oil may protect against diabetes-induced dyslipidemia.”5

Coconut Oil and Type 1 Diabetes

While type 2 diabetes is related to diet and lifestyle, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that shuts down your body’s insulin production. But we are seeing good testimonies in coconut oil’s ability to control type 1 diabetes as well. A study done in May 2009 suggests that the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil can improve brain function in type 1 diabetes.  The study concluded: “Medium-chain triglycerides offer the therapeutic advantage of preserving brain function under hypoglycemic conditions without causing deleterious hyperglycemia.”6 Other recent research is showing that neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s should be classified as “type 3? diabetes.7 Coconut oil works well with type 3 diabetes as well.

Coconut Oil a Model for Diabetes Drugs

As the word about coconut oil’s effectiveness in combating diabetes gets out, it is only natural that the drug companies will try to mimic the effects and come up with new drugs, since coconut oil cannot be patented, as it is a natural food. A study done in 2011 on capric acid, one of the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil, found that this “natural fatty acid can serve as a regulator of blood sugar levels, which may have important applications in designing better and safer drugs for diabetes treatment.”8
Given the pharmaceutical industry’s track record and criminal convictions, however, it might be best to stick with pure Virgin Coconut Oil.

Now I’d like to hear from you…
 

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below.

To Your Good Health,

Dr Elena M Morreale

References
1. American Diabetes Association, http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diabetes-statistics/
2. “Reversing Diabetes is Possible,” by Val Willingham, CNN – January 28, 2011
3. Sircar S, Kansra U. “Choice of cooking oils–myths and realities.” Journal Indian Medical Association. 1998 Oct;96(10):304-7.
4. Kochikuzhyil BM, Devi K, Fattepur SR. “Effect of saturated fatty acid-rich dietary vegetable oils on lipid profile, antioxidant enzymes and glucose tolerance in diabetic rats.” Indian J Pharmacol. 2010 Jun;42(3):142-5.
5. Enhancement of muscle mitochondrial oxidative capacity and alterations in insulin action are lipid species dependent: potent tissue-specific effects of medium-chain fatty acids. Diabetes. 2009 Nov;58(11):2547-54. Article here.
6. Page KA “Medium-chain fatty acids improve cognitive function in intensively treated type 1 diabetic patients and support in vitro synaptic transmission during acute hypoglycemia.”  Diabetes. 2009 May;58(5):1237-44.

For More Information: Call Dr Elena Morreale (Alternative Cancer and Health Therapies, Tampa, FL)813-968-5404      .

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Like Naturally Reverse Diabetes on Facebook