Fluoride and your health!

Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation

 

This FAN production (one of FAN’s most popular) presents a powerful indictment of the water fluoridation program through interviews with a Nobel Laureate in Medicine, three scientists from the National Research Council’s landmark review on fluoride, as well as dentists, medical doctors, and leading researchers in the field.

Communities that Have Rejected Fluoridation Since 2010

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Take Action

Ending water fluoridation is not a pipe dream. Since 1990, over 300 communities in the United States and Canada — representing millions of people — have rejected water fluoridation schemes. Read below to learn the seven ways you can join this historic movement. Then ask yourself: what role would I like to play?

The Facts of poop and the colors of pee

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Textures of poop, shades of poop, how well do you know your poop?

What about the color of pee?

All laughs and giggles aside, let’s see if we can get serious about what’s in the toilet bowl. 😉

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Essential Information About Vitamin D!

Dr. Mercola hits all the points with this video series: Essential Information About Vitamin D!

I have put all the videos into one post, making it easy for you to come back and watch all the videos. This is not only interesting but important data that all must know about Vitamin D!

 

Essential Information About Vitamin D! (part 1 of 7)

Essential Information About Vitamin D! (part 2 of 7)

Essential Information About Vitamin D! (part 3 of 7)

Essential Information About Vitamin D! (part 4 of 7)

Essential Information About Vitamin D! (part 5 of 7)

Essential Information About Vitamin D! (part 6 of 7)

Essential Information About Vitamin D! (part 7 of 7)

Superfoods to eat for more brain power

Eat these superfoods for brain power!

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1. Raw Almonds: the only nut to contain a significant amount of vitamin E which may help to reduce cognitive decline.

2. Cashews: rich in antioxidants which help with memory.

3. Walnuts: rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are important for helping to maintain cognitive function.

4. Dark Chocolate: considered healthy because of its high antioxidant content; the darker the chocolate, the better. Chocolate also has caffeine, which stimulates the brain increasing alertness and focus.

5. Apples: contain antioxidants and fiber. Bonus: fiber helps to keep us fuller longer so we eat less and ultimately weight less.

6. Avocados: rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are important for helping to maintain cognitive function.

7. Blueberries: rich in antioxidants and anthocyanins (the compound that makes blueberries blue and may have an anti-diabetic effect).

8. Cinnamon: spices are one of the foods highest in antioxidants, and cinnamon is at the very top of the list. Antioxidants help with memory.

9. Oregano: like spices, herbs are also high in antioxidants.

10. Kale, spinach, and other dark, leafy greens: rich in iron and phytonutrients (natural-occurring chemicals in plants that may help prevent disease and keep your body working as it should).

11. Coffee: like chocolate, coffee contains antioxidants and caffeine.

12. Sweet potatoes: are loaded with phytonutrients, fiber and vitamin A.

13. Coconut Oil: metabolism, weight control. Being overweight is linked to decline in cognitive function. Coconut oil primarily consists of medium-chain fatty acids. One 2008 study examined the effect of medium-chain fatty acids and olive oil on weight of 31 participants over a 16-week weight loss. Two of the three subjects in the medium chain triglyceride (MCT) group with evidence of metabolic syndrome at the group’s beginning no longer had symptoms 16-weeks later.

14. Olive Oil: high in antioxidants and monounsaturated fats and offers protection against heart disease.

15. Chicken or turkey, skinless: great lean protein and helps to keep you lean.

16. Eggs: excellent source of protein and helps to keep you lean.

17. Salmon: loaded with brain-boosting omega-3s.

18. Shirataki Noodles: from the root of a wild yam plant. They are high in fiber and low in calories.

19. Green tea: contains antioxidants and the metabolism-boosting compound epigallocatechin gallate; also contains L-theanine, which helps you relax and focus at the same time. Contains less caffeine than coffee.

Getting your diet right can benefit others, as well as yourself. In my experience, when you get your diet right it has the potential to carry over to help other people in your family, community, place of worship and workplace. I have seen this repeatedly in my own practice and in my work with corporations and churches.

Readers – Have you developed ways to incorporate these healthy brain foods into your diet? Which is your favorite food on the list? Or maybe you have issues with food that keep you from eating the way you know you should. Leave a comment below, and let us know.

In brain health,

Daniel G. Amen, MD

-Dr. Daniel Amen

Dr. Amen is a psychiatrist and Founder of Amen Clinics in Newport Beach, San Francisco, Bellevue, WA, DC, Atlanta and New York. Amen Clinics have the world’s largest database of brain scans relating to behavior. Dr. Amen is also the host of 7 popular shows about the brain, and he is the author of 55 professional articles, and over 30 books, including Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Magnificent Mind At Any Age, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, and Use Your Brain to Change Your Age. In February 2013, Crown published Dr. Amen’s new book, Unleash the Power of the Female Brain.

Join Daniel G. Amen M.D. on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for daily updates on how to lead a brain healthy life. For more information on the Amen Clinics, click here: www.amenclinics.com. To learn more about how to unleash the power of your female brain, go here: www.unleashthefemalebrain.com.

Top Signs of Dehydration

With winter here. Dehydration is still a serious issue. The loss of too much fluid from your body, does not occur just during the hot days of summer and I think a lot of people don’t find themselves as thirsty when it’s cold outside.

Top Signs your body is Dehydrated:

  • Dry & Chapped Lips

  • Headaches

  • Dry or Cracked Skin

  • Achy Joints and Muscle Cramps

  • Fatigue and Weakness

 

Some other causes of dehydration:

Bad breath, fever and chills, food cravings, especially for sweets.

 

Some drinks that can cause dehydration:

Alcohol, energy drinks, and even caffeine as it has a slight diuretic effect.

 

How to Check If You’re Dehydrated:

Check your urine. If you’re well-hydrated your urine will be mostly clear with a tinge of yellow, Higgins explains. Yellow, chardonnay, and orange are the “warning” colors to watch for. When your body is about three percent dehydrated your urine will be noticeably yellow. When your body is about five percent dehydrated, your urine will appear chardonnay-colored. When your body is more than five percent dehydrated – which is considered severely dehydrated – your urine will appear orange.

 

 

Tips for Staying Hydrated:

  • Keep your water bottle handy. “If it’s right next to you, you’ll likely get into the habit of sipping it without even realizing it,” says Sakimura.
  • Spice up plain water. “If you don’t love plain water, jazz it up by adding a splash of fruit juice or chunks of fresh or frozen fruit,” says Sakimura. “Or, try naturally flavored, calorie-free seltzers (my personal favorite) — their fizz and fruit flavor makes them more appealing than plain, flat water.”
  • Try different teas. Sakimura recommends reaching for unsweetened flavored teas, which are available in lots of different flavors. “Sip fruity iced teas during the day (with lots of ice if it’s hot out) or cozy up with a mug of hot peppermint or chamomile tea at night — they all count towards your daily fluid goal.”
  • Makeover your snacks. “Swap dry, carby snacks like chips, pretzels, and crackers — which have a very low water content — with refreshing munchies like fresh or frozen fruit, yogurt, healthy smoothies, celery with peanut butter, and cut veggies with hummus,” recommends Sakimura.
  • Pile on the produce. “Aim to make half your plate produce at meals. All those vegetable and fruit servings will supply water as well as a hearty dose of vitamins, minerals, and fiber,” says Sakimura.
  • Sip more during meals. “Sipping water with meals will help you eat more slowly, pace your eating, and of course stay hydrated,” Sakimura adds.
  • Opt for room temperature or cooler water. When it comes to fluids, steer clear of extreme temperatures. When ice water comes into the stomach it constricts the arteries surrounding the stomach, which help the stomach function properly and help with water absorption, explains Higgins. “Ice water will just sit in your stomach until it warms up. If you hear water swishing around in your stomach, it means the water is not getting absorbed,” says Higgins. Fluids that are cooler or room temperature are better options.

When it comes to total water intake, which includes water gained from foods and other beverages like tea and milk, the Institute of Medicine recommends that most women get about 2.7 liters of water a day (or about 12 cups), and most men get about 3.7 liters a day (or about 15 cups).

Source: http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/unusual-signs-of-dehydration/

The Good and The Bad Foods for your Skin

Keeping a nutritious diet supports your immune system and it helps support your skin defenses too.

 

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Fatty acids, whole grains, vitamin B and lots of fruits. These foods and nutrients can help your skin fight bacteria that causes acne.

The good foods for clear skin:

  • Fatty Acids: wild salmon, cod, flaxseeds, almonds

  • Whole grains: brown rice, wild rice, barley, whole-wheat bread

  • Vitamin B6: cauliflower, sunflower seeds, walnuts, avocado

  • Fruits: kiwi, pomegranate, papaya, peach, lemon, berries, apples and bananas

 

These nutrient-poor foods contain bad substances that can cause skin reactions that lead to acne. Cut out these foods or reduce.

The bad foods that bother your skin:

  • Caffeine: coffee, tea, colas and energy drinks

  • Sugar: candy, soda, desserts and syrups

  • Processed Foods: hot dogs, canned soup, tv dinners, instant noodles

  • Greasy foods: chips. fried foods, fast food, margarine

 

Dr. Mercola Discusses Root Canals

Safer and Healthier Alternatives to Root Canals and Other Common, Yet Harmful, Tooth Restoration Techniques

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  • Root canal treated teeth tend to harbor harmful microbes. Their toxic metabolic waste products can attack your immune system and contribute to many chronic diseases
  • If you suffer from any chronic disease, a “dental revision” may help in your recovery
  • Dental revision involves removing toxic stressors of oral origin, such as dead teeth, dead jawbone, metal tooth restorations, and meridian-blocking implants
  • Dental implants slow energy flow along meridians. As with root canals, your associated organs, glands, or anatomical structures may functionally decline as a result
  • Pro’s and con’s of alternative restoration options are discussed, including safer materials and the ramifications of various bridge options

 

Source: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/05/03/root-canal-alternative.aspx

A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils

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Essential Oils are a wonderful help with many things in our everyday lives.

 

You may be surprised at the list I have for you today!

Essential Oils can be used for Air fresheners, Hay fever, Bug bites, Hair Growth and Dandruff, Healing Cuts and Wounds but I can’t stop there.

Read on and be amazed. 😉

 

  • They are great for use in Meditation diffuse while praying, meditating, practicing yoga to calm the body, mind and spirit.

  • Kids having a tantrum? Dilute and apply to back of neck and feet to calm over activity and to put a stop to tantrums.

  • Teeth Grinding? Apply along the jawline and diffuse while sleeping to alleviate teeth grinding.

  • Pets can get some great use out of some essential oils to. Apply behind the ears of overactive pets to promote calm behavior and there are some essential oils that help with fleas or skin irritation.

  • Insomnia? Apply to feet before bed, diffuse a combination to promote a good nights rest.

  • Relaxing bath water by applying some drops of lavender with epsom salt and warm water.

  • Anxiety? Apply lavender oil behind the ears and rub on feet to release tension and anxiety.

  • A massage wouldn’t be a massage without essential oils.

  • Restless leg syndrome? Apply some Relax synergy essential oil to your feet and on tops of thighs and back of calves.

  • Make your own natural cleaners and bath products by adding some lemon or orange essential oil.

  • Eucalyptus oil relieves cold and congestion. Add some to a warm bath to help with arthritis and pain relief. Don’t use near the face of infants and children.

  • Essential oils are great for pain relievers, hot flashes, boosts immunity and beautifies the skin.

 

Who needs modern medicine…right? (I kid!) I’m not against all modern medicine but I am all for natural medicine!

 

A quick Essential oils guide:

Ginger: Helps with gas, indigestion, morning sickness, motion sickness and more

Chamomile: Great for bee stings, restless legs

Peppermint: Keeps ants away, headache management

Grapefruit: Addictions, Cellulite, Stress

Tea Tree: Helps boils, tooth aches,  acne, sore throats and more

Clove Bud: Helps sensitive teeth and babies teething

Ylang Ylang: Anxiety, High blood pressure, restlessness

Cinnamon: Helps control diabetes and natural energy booster

Sandalwood: ADD/ADHD, Coma, Polio, Tumor

Rosemary: Migraine relief, Helps stomach aches and hair loss

Thyme: Helps bruises, Helps aches and pains

 

 

 

 

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The Don’ts to know of essential oil use:

 

  • Don’t expose oils to sunlight.

  • Don’t place near cellphones and gadgets with high electromagnetic interference.

  • Make sure to read bottles and labels and use topical oils for topical uses only and make sure it’s okay to ingest oils before doing so.

  • Avoid contact with eyes and don’t drop in ears.

  • Don’t use plastic or Styrofoam cups if you plan on drinking water with essential oils. It will melt them.

  • Don’t touch your keyboards if you have oils on your fingers the print will rub off.

  • Use a ceramic spoon to stir your oils in water.

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Conquer Cold Season with Garlic

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Garlic may not be able to ward off vampires, but it might keep the common cold at bay. British researchers found that people who took a garlic supplement suffered about 65 percent fewer colds compared to those taking a placebo. Plus, those in the garlic group who did come down with the sniffles recovered faster. One reason for these benefits, say the researchers, may be a compound in garlic called allicin that blocks the enzyme that plays a key role in bacterial and viral infections. Look for an enterically coated garlic supplement standardized to contain 4% allicin to ensure the herb’s beneficial compounds reach the bloodstream. Another bonus? The enteric coating also prevents the dreaded garlic breath that keeps many people from reaping this pungent herb’s health benefits.

Source: Good Health Lifestyles

Exercise Your Mind

Stay mentally sharp by hitting the gym! A new study conducted by researches at the Center for Brain Health at The University of Texas at Dallas found that engaging in physical exercise on a regular basis helps healthy aging adults to improve their mental memory, brain health and physical fitness.

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Couch potatoes between the ages of 55 and 75 were randomized to either an exercise program or a control group. After just 12 weeks, those in the exercise group showed an increase in brain blood flow to the hippocampus, the key brain region affected by Alzheimer’s disease. It shows evidence that it’s never too late to make exercise a part of a healthy and smart lifestyle.

Source: Good Health Lifestyles