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“In a year’s time after taking the RNPA Learning Intensive, my career, my health, my family, my very life has been transformed. I am forever grateful” — Karen DiMarco, RN, iRNPA
“The way of the future of nursing...an absolute must if you want to make and be the difference in righting the wrongs of healthcare. Kare is a wonderful mentor who has put her soul into this program. Passion, Vision, Perseverance.” — Lana Benton, RN, iRNPA
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“My experience attending the iRNPA program was a refreshing one, to say the least. This program was packed with life changing information that is not readily taught or available to RN's. This program equipped me with the tools I need to be an iRNPA! If you are ready for a change after working for many years in the clinical setting, and are driven to help patients and families, this is the program for you! Karen is a wealth of knowledge that is unmatched in the advocacy process.” — Jamie Long
“Thank you so much for putting together such an incredible RN PA intensive course! It is truly intensive but so worth it! I learned a lot and will be using the Medical Time Line and lab spreadsheet with as many clients as i can. All great information and can’t wait to get my speaking engagements lined up now that I have your fantastic power points!” — Nan Wetherhorn, Health Care Advisor, www.healthcareadvisornan.com
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So, if chemicals in our food, water, cleaning products, air and the surrounding environment can make us fat, what foods can help flush these out of our bodies (detox)?ShareThis
We hear about detoxification in magazine articles and on TV. What is detoxification? Simply stated, it is the removal of harmful substances from our bodies. As noted in the last article, certain toxins (chemicals) can have far reaching health effects, like heart disease, diabetes and weight gain.
Many companies are trying to sell you detox programs. Buyer beware! A true medical detox program should be overseen by a health care professional knowledgeable in the full spectrum of the internal chemistry involved in detoxification: naturopathic physicians and MD/DOs who have received additional education in detoxification. A rigorous detox program involves your GI tract, your kidneys, your liver, your lungs, and your skin.
So, what to do? Well, to begin a simple program on your own, consider the following list of foods that can help to detoxify your body:
1. Fruits: high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Refer to the complimentary guide to buying organic fruits and vegetables available at www.patientadvocates.com. Buying certain fruits in the organic section really matters!
2. Green Foods: organic spinach, alfalfa, chard, arugula and other leafy green veggies like kale, wheat grass and romaine. These are high in vitamins and minerals and also chlorophyll. According to the National Institutes of Health, chlorophyll has anti-carcinogenic properties. Spirulina and chlorella (broken cell variety) are also very high in chlorophyll.
3. Lemons, Oranges, and Limes: Lemons support the liver in its cleansing process (try a glass of water with lemon in the morning). Oranges and grapefruits, meanwhile, are rich in the antioxidants known as flavonoids, which expel damaging free-radicals from your system and protect against cell damage and disease.
The vitamin C found in these fruits is one of the best detox vitamins around, as it transforms toxins into digestible material. Eat vitamin C foods often to help get more of these benefits.
The best detox value is in eating the whole fresh fruit – not just the juice.
4. Garlic Garlic helps to stimulate the liver to produce enzymes (chemicals that aid in detox) that help to filter toxins from the digestive system. If you do not want to eat garlic itself, you might consider garlic pills!
5. Broccoli Sprouts are very high in antioxidants and stimulate the detoxification enzymes in the digestive tract. Of course, broccoli itself is very helpful as well.
6. Green Tea is full of antioxidants and helps to flush toxins from your system. It also has catechins which stimulate the detox function of your liver.
Packed full of antioxidants, green tea washes toxins from the system via its liquid content, but also contains a special type of antioxidant called catechins, which are known to increase liver function. Catechins can also reduce the risk of chronic illness such as heart disease and also aid in weight loss and reducing triglycerides!
7. Mung Beans, long a staple of Ayurvedic medicine, absorbs toxic residue from the walls of your intestines.
8. Raw Vegetables are a leading tool in detoxifying your body: consider onions, carrots, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, beet, turmeric, and oregano. The combination of these foods will help your liver purge toxins during the cleansing process.
Asparagus is high in fiber which helps to flush toxins out of the intestine. It is also helpful in weight loss and is high in glutathione, one of your body’s anti-aging tools.
9. Seeds and NutsIncorporate more of the easily digestible seeds and nuts into your diet. Flax seed, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, Siberian cedar nuts, and sunflower seeds are all excellent options. Eat the nuts, not the butter. Oh, yes, coconuts!
10. Omega-3 Oils Use hemp, avocado, extra virgin olive, coconut or flax seed oil to help lubricate the intestinal walls, allowing the toxins to be absorbed by the oil, and eliminated by the body.
Incorporating these foods into your diet will help you not only to flush out the toxins – harmful chemicals – but will improve your overall health and well-being!
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Ever wonder what lab tests might really help to protect you? There are 8 predictive biomarkers you should ask your physician about.ShareThis
Russell Jaffe, MD, founder of ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies (national lab for testing immune functions and allergy systems) has published a report of great value to all who seek to best preserve and protect their health and well being: The Power of Predictive Biomarkers – 8 Predictors of Life and Death.
Because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, spotting potential problems before they worsen can save your life! Let’s take a look at what these labs are and why they are important:
- Hemoglobin A1c (HgbA1c): measures the average blood sugar level for the previous 3 months (instead of just the past 12-18 hours). This can predict the risk for diabetes and insulin resistance
- High sensitivity C-Reactive Protein: this is a marker of systemic inflammation which could be associated with increased risk of pre-diabetes or diabetes, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome (Syndrome X) –all connected to increased cardiovascular risk
- Homocysteine: high homocysteine is a widely recognized marker of cardiovascular risk, cancer, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. *High homocysteine can be corrected through diet and proper supplementation
- Oxidized LDL/HDL: oxidized LDL is a measure of the health of the DNA in your cells and is a highly accurate predictor of cardiovascular risk. Research studies using oxidized LDL/HDL show a 90% accuracy rate for cardiovascular risk vs only a 50% accuracy rate for cholesterol testing
- 8- oxoguanine: this is an important marker for systemic inflammation and its effects on your DNA; this focuses on the acceleration of aging due to potential DNA damage – a factor underlying most chronic illness
- Vitamin D: with low Vitamin D levels (less than 50) there is increased risk of cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, psychiatric and mood disorders; according to the National Institute of Health, Vitamin D may play a role in the prevention and treatment of both Type I and Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, and MS (multiple sclerosis)
- First morning pH (measurement of acid/base balance): the pH level in your urine after 6+ hours of rest reflects the pH throughout your body which is an indicator of your metabolic status. Low pH can lead to osteoporosis and other metabolic effects while high pH can lead to breakdown of tissues. Balance is the key here. Optimal range is 6.5-7.5. Most of us on the standard American diet including processed foods and high red meat intake will fall in the low pH range. Dietary changes can alter this balance easily. If you are in the low range, simply investigate “alkaline diet” on the internet
- LRA by ELISA/ACT: this is the Lymphocyte Response Assay and it examines the general health of your immune system by monitoring delayed hypersensitivity responses to more than 490 substances. You need not break out in a rash to be “allergic” to something. Low levels of allergic responses lead to raised levels of systemic inflammation and increased risks to a wide range of chronic illnesses
The full report from Dr. Jaffe and PERQUE Integrative Health is available here. . .
Coenzyme Q10! Have you heard of this wonderful antioxidant that our bodies produce? We produce less as we age and so need to understand what role this plays in our health.ShareThis
Tori Hudson, ND, a nationally acclaimed teacher and clinician, explains “Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is one of those nutrients that just keeps surprising you- with it’s diversity, it’s benefits, safety, and research. It is widely found in nature where it is synthesized in humans, animals, plants and microbes. An essential component of the mitochondria(the energy producing unit of each cell of our body), CoQ10 is involved in the manufacture of ATP, which is similar to the energy a spark plug provides in a car engine. The cells of our body need that initial spark provided by CoQ10, in order to function.”
It improves energy production in every cell of our bodies and is one of our most effective antioxidants. Without sufficient ATP production in our cells, we are prone to illness, increasing fatigue and more rapid aging.
*As our bodies age, we produce less CoQ10 and we become more susceptible to chronic illness.
What conditions can be helped with CoQ10?
- Cardiac conditions: the breadth and depth of the role of CoQ10 on cardiac disorders is impressive – improving several markers of cardiac output (directly related to cardiac function and wellness). Cardiomyopathy (degeneration of the heart muscle) responds well to CoQ10 as does congestive heart failure (CHF). In fact, in the largest study, of 2,664 patients with CHF, 78 percent of the patients receiving a daily dose of 50 mg to 150 mg per day, had 63 percent or more improvements in their clinical signs and symptoms after 3 months. It also can help lower blood pressure and reduce the incidence of angina.
- Diabetes: CoQ10 can increase insulin production, improve glucose utilization and reduce fasting blood sugar levels
- Immune system dysfunction: Dr. Hudson explains “Chronic infections, chronic diseases reflecting impaired immunity such as heart disease, thyroiditis, cancers and allergies reflect tissues and cells with altered immune function which are highly energy-dependent.” CoQ10 increases energy production which directly improves the immune function
- Cancer: free radical formation is implicated in the development of cancer. As a leading antioxidant, CoQ10 directly reduces free radical formation. Also, CoQ10 can be very helpful in recovering from some chemo drug treatments
- Gum disease: CoQ10 improves periodontal health
- Brain health: research is increasingly demonstrating the critical role of CoQ10 in healthy brain functioning, particularly as we age
What can alter CoQ10 production besides aging? The statin class of cholesterol lowering drugs all reduce production of CoQ10. Supplementing with CoQ10 could be very helpful; ask your health care provider or look it up! And here . . .
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And here . . . Alleviating congestive heart failure with CoQ10