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10 VITAL KEYS TO DIABETES PREVENTION

  10 VITAL  KEYS TO DIABETES PREVENTION    Did you know that the average American consumes more than 120 pounds of sugar per year, which is approximately 45 teaspoons per day? Did you know that recent statistics have shown that two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese and that thirty percent of American children are obese? According to the latest research out of the University of Missouri, one in four Americans are struggling with diabetes with the majority of them as type 2. In addition, millions of us are in a state of insulin resistance, or pre-diabetes, that could progress into diabetes. Diabetes can cause many serious health issues and is associated with obesity, heart disease, and increased mortality. It is the fifth deadliest disease in the United States. A preventative approach would be to make sure that blood glucose levels are stable throughout the day. Our brain needs a continuous level of blood sugar to avoid anxiety caused by blood sugar fluctuations. Are you at risk for diabetes? Do you have a family history of diabetes? Are you overweight? Do you have high blood pressure? Are your cholesterol levels abnormal? Are you over 45? Do you have a history of gestational diabetes? Drug Treatment the answer? A new meta-analysis of 13 randomized controlled trials involved more than 33,000 people showed that drug treatment of type 2 diabetes is not only ineffective, it’s dangerous as well. These medications poison the enzymes in our body and disrupt the normal biochemical pathways. In general, a drug therapy protocol should treat the underlying cause of the illness that the drug is being... read more

Sugar Coated Brain?

Sugar Coated Brain? 4 Strategies For Brain Power Yum, the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies or cinnamon rolls. Tastes good, BUT the overindulgence of sugar and grains is now being linked to changes in brain health including memory loss, inability to concentrate, brain fog and senile dementia which is now being called diabetes type 3. Your diet today plays a significant role in your cognition for tomorrow.  A new study has revealed the overloading of carbohydrates and sugar contributes to problems in judgment, thinking and language over time, however, protein, healthy fats and fermented vegetables were brain protective. WHAT DOES TOO MUCH SUGAR DO TO YOUR BRAIN? The consistent overload of high levels of insulin eventually cause its insulin signaling to shut down which can lead to permanent brain damage. This drop in glucose to your brain cells may lead to degeneration and cognitive impairment as your brain also produces insulin.  We are now seeing how the same process leading to Type 2 Diabetes may also be consistent for your brain.  Regularly eating more than 25 grams of fructose per day, will increase the risk of you developing Alzheimer’s as well as maintaining proper insulin levels. HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH PROTEIN? Rule of thumb is not to exceed one gram of protein per kilogram of lean body mass. Your lean body mass can be calculated by finding out your percent of body fat and subtracting that from 100.  Then multiply that times your current weight to get your lean body mass.  If you need to reduce your protein, replace the calories with healthy quality fats as... read more

Tired? Sleepy? Stressed and Don’t Know Why?

Tired? Sleepy? Stressed and Don’t Know Why? If you have symptoms involving: fatigue, insomnia, stress, frequent illness, PMS, hot flashes, blood sugar, and weight, you may want to consider having your cortisol levels as well as hormones tested. Men and women over the age of forty may want to do a baseline test. Frequently imbalances will be detectable for a time period before symptoms gain attention. Difference Between Saliva & Serum Hormone Testing? Saliva testing is an EASY and a NONINVASIVE way of assessing one’s hormone status and is proving to be the most reliable medium for measuring hormone levels. The difference between steroid hormones in saliva and serum is based on whether or not the hormones are bound to proteins in the medium used for testing. The majority of hormones exist in one of two forms: FREE (5%) or PROTEIN BOUND (95%). It is only the FREE hormones that are biologically active, or BIO-AVAILABLE, and available for delivery to receptors in the body. Those which are protein bound do not fit those receptors and are considered not bio-available. When blood is filtered through the salivary glands, the BOUND HORMONE COMPONENTS ARE TOO LARGE to pass through the cell membranes. Only the UNBOUND hormones pass through and into the saliva. What is measured in the saliva is the BIO-AVAILABLE hormone, the clinically relevant portion which will be delivered to the receptors in the tissues of the body. SALIVARY HORMONE levels are expected to be much lower than serum levels, as only the UNBOUND hormones are being measured. When your doctor measures serum hormone levels and prescribes hormone replacement therapy... read more

Creating Healthy Breasts with Homemade Deodorant

Creating Healthy Breasts with Homemade Deodorant Does your deodorant contain… Aluminum– the primary ingredient in most deodorants linked to BREAST cancer and Alzheimer’s disease? Parabens– a preservative believed to upset our HORMONE BALANCE and linked to BIRTH DEFECTS and TOXINS in our organs? Triclsoan-a chemical actually classified as a PESTICIDE by the FDA and a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency? Phthalates-linked to a slew of health issues including BIRTH DEFECTS? Propylene glycol– a PETROLEUM based mineral? Studies have linked this to damage to the central nervous system, liver, and heart.   Your simple, very cost effective recipe for homemade deodorant: HOMEMADE DEODORANT 1/3 cup organic coconut oil 2 tbs baking soda (if you are overly sensitive use less) 1/3 cup arrow root powder Essential oils of your choice   Cream all ingredients with a spoon until consistency is similar to deodorant. Mix in oils-lavender, peppermint, citrus, orange, vanilla, etc. Pour mixture in a small container, using a spatula, and simply swipe your two fingers gently into the mixture and rub into your underarms. Wait 3 minutes before dressing.   Remember: “Prevention BEFORE Detection”   For your RADIATION FREE, PAIN FREE, COMPRESSION FREE Breast  screening  call Sherri at: 714- 345-0561 or our office at: 949-380-7215 *ASK ABOUT OUR FULL WOMEN’S & MEN’S  SCREENING FROM CRANIUM TO PELVIS* THERMOGRAPHY VIDEO:   WWW.TotalThermaloc.com Dr Iris Rosenfeld   25255 Cabot Rd Ste 110     Laguna Hills, Ca 92653 949-380-7215 driris@driris.com www.driris.com  ... read more

12 BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING

12 BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING The skin is our body’s largest organ and has a vital role in taking in and ridding the body of nutrients and toxins. It is responsible for ¼ of the body’s daily detoxification &  known as the 3rd kidney. Since it eliminates more than one pound of waste daily, over time it may become overstressed leading to clogged pores & toxins remaining in the body. 12 BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING Improves circulation, blood flow and oxygen. Cleans toxins from the lymphatic system. Improves digestion. Strengthens the immune system. Improves the nervous system. Makes the skin feel smooth, silky and invigorated. Tightens the skin and helps to prevent cellulite. Tones muscles and lifts the breasts. Stimulates oil-producing glands. Energizing, inexpensive, natural and easy to do daily. Effective in preventing breast cancer & detoxifying when undergoing chemotherapy.   WHAT TYPE OF BRUSH? The brush should contain natural bristles (not synthetic) and have a long handle. It should be kept dry and not used for bathing. HOW TO DO DRY BRUSHING? Dry brushing is best done first thing in the morning & takes 5 minutes. Watch the video below for the most effective way to dry brush and enjoy the exhilarating and invigorating feeling as well as softer skin.   Start by brushing at the bottom of your feet and move up the leg from back to front one leg at a time and avoiding the groin area. Use long sweeping light strokes going upwards towards the heart. Next do your arms & hands the same as above, always towards the heart. Move to the back of... read more

IS IODINE REALLY NEEDED FOR BREAST HEALTH?

IS IODINE REALLY NEEDED FOR BREAST HEALTH?   Without adequate iodine levels, life itself is not possible. What correlation is there between iodine and your breasts? The breasts are one of the body’s main storage sites for iodine. A sufficient iodine level is needed for the protection and preservation of normal breast tissues. When iodine is depleted, the breasts and the thyroid gland will compete for whatever small amount of iodine is on hand. When these tissues are depleted, one may develop any of these issues: hypothyroidism, fibrocystic breast disease, auto-immune issues and thyroid or breast complaints including cancer. There is a lot of literature about Iodine. It has been the most researched mineral in treating fibrocystic breast disease, amongst other health related issues. For more information about this subject check out: Dr. David Brownstein’s IODINE Why You Need It; Why You Can’t Live Without It. For further information contact: Dr Iris Rosenfeld 25255 Cabot Rd Ste 110 Laguna Hills, Ca 92653 949-380-7215 driris@driris.com www.driris.com... read more

How to Be Smart in School in 12 Easy Steps

How to Be Smart in School in 12 Easy Steps As millions of students are beginning a new school year, health, fitness and nutrition play a primary role to insure optimal learning and create abundant energy. Emphasis needs to be placed on providing our youth lifelong advice on sports training, injury prevention, spinal health and posture, healthy eating and hydration. JUMPSTART THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH THESE 12 EASY FITNESS MUST-DOS Eat healthy meals. Eating a well-balanced diet without skipping meals will help maintain an appropriate weight and decrease risk of developing diabetes and heart disease as one becomes an adult. Eliminate all trans fats which includes almost all fast foods. Serve a minimum of 5 portions of fresh fruits and vegetables daily (organic and raw when possible), complex carbohydrates such as whole grains and lean meats, fish (wild) and poultry. Eating breakfast is for brain power. Breakfast will not only increase your overall energy, but also keep your blood sugar levels even and will reduce your cravings and overeating throughout the day. Think of breakfast as brain food that will help improve concentration and improve performance at school. It will prevent a mid-morning slump and reduce the tendency to eat higher calorie snacks.   In a published statement by Tufts University, a link was found between nutrition and cognitive development in children which recognized that “Children who participated in the School Breakfast Program were shown to have significantly higher standardized achievement test scores than eligible non-participants.   No time to eat breakfast? Consider these:   Hard- boiled egg, whole grain bread and fruit Low fat cheese, fruit and low... read more

IS YOUR CHILD’S BACKPACK TOO HEAVY?

IS YOUR CHILD’S BACKPACK TOO HEAVY? 6 STEPS TO PREVENT INJURY  A new and disturbing trend is emerging due to the use of overweight backpacks for our youth, leading to back pain much earlier than previous generations, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).  A study conducted in Italy a few years ago, found that the average child may be carrying a backpack equivalent of a 39-pound burden for a 176-pound man or a 29-pound load for a 132-pound woman, causing a growing trend in back pain among youngsters. 6 STEPS TO SAFE BACKPACK USE: The maximum weight of your child’s backpack should not exceed 10% of his or her body weight. (ex: a child weighing 85 pounds should not have a pack exceeding 8.5 pounds) A heavier pack will cause your child to bend forward to support the weight on his or her back rather than the shoulders, by the straps. Choose the correct size backpack. It should never hang more than four inches below the waistline or it will put increased weight on the shoulders and cause your child to lean forward when walking. Contents in your pack are most effectively positioned with individualized compartments. Bulky or pointy objects should not be packed on the area that will rest on your child’s back. The straps should be wide and padded and both straps should be worn. Improperly using one strap over the shoulder can cause permanent misalignment of the spine, muscle spasms and back pain. They should be adjustable so they are fitted to your child’s body and not dangle uncomfortably which can also cause a shift... read more

The 5 COMPUTER POSTURE SECRETS FOR KIDS

The 5 COMPUTER POSTURE SECRETS FOR KIDS   Workstations need to be properly fit for a child’s body to avoid harmful physical effects that can last a lifetime as repetitive motion injuries (RMI), carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic pain in the hands, back, neck and shoulders. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) noted a recently published study from researchers at Cornell University and found that about 40 percent of the elementary school children they studied used computer workstations that put them at postural risk.  The remaining 60 percent scored in a range indicating “some concern.”   5 SECRETS TO KNOW Workstation chair: This should fit your child by using an ergonomic back cushion, pillow or a rolled-up towel placed in the small of the child’s back for postural support. Arm supports are needed so that the elbows are resting within a 70 to 135 degree angle to the keyboard. It is best to have two inches between the front edge of one’s seat and the back of the knees. Feet should be placed on a foot rest or similar object so your child’s knees are positioned at about a 90-120 degree angle. Neutral wrist position: Wrists should not be angled up or down, nor should your child have to reach or hold his or her arm away from the body.  Reducing eyestrain and eye fatigue: Your child should have adequate lighting and a no glare screen if possible. The best positioning of the monitor is having the screen at or below the child’s eye level. To accomplish this, you may need to take the computer off its base or stand,... read more

12 Healthful Hydration Habits

12 Healthful Hydration Habits EASY QUICK QUIZ: Which is a possible warning of dehydration? Thirst Lightheaded Fatigue All the above  How many 8 oz glasses of water is suggested to drink every day? 2-3 4-5 6-8 11-13  True or False: The healthiest way to flavor plain water is by adding some soda. True False The importance of hydration is necessary to keep the body’s systems functioning properly especially during the summer to counteract the heat and humidity. So, how much should you be drinking?  There is no scientific consensus regarding , “optimal hydration” and no one specific process for assessing fluid status.  Therefore, know the signs to avoid dehydration: Fatigue/sleepy Constipation Feeling thirsty Headaches/Lightheaded Less frequent urination Dark yellow or amber colored urine Few tears when crying Water is the most essential and forgotten nutrient Water is essential for maintaining blood circulation throughout the body and a solvent for key biochemical reactions, supplying nutrients and removing waste. It is also the maintainer of body temperature.     12 HEALTHFUL HYDRATION HABITS:   When exercising during the summer, drink 8 oz of water 20-30 minutes before beginning, 7-10 oz during exercise & within 30 minutes after exercising drink at least 8 oz of water. Always carry a water bottle to sip often. Drink enough water to prevent thirst. Generally drink about 6-8 oz per day. Grab a glass of cold water when feeling frazzled. Sip on a mug of herbal tea in the am and or pm. Eat a diet rich in whole foods including at least 5 cups of fruits and vegetables per day. Drink water during your meals. Monitor fluid... read more

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