Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Interview with T. Colin Campbell, author of Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

Kathy Freston, Health and Wellness Activist and contributing author of the Huffington Post interviewed T. Colin Campbell, author of the bestseller Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition.  T. Colin Campbell recommendation for the ideal diet for longevity a 100% whole food plant-based diet with lots of vegetable, fruits, legumes, whole grains and nuts and suggests you make it a goal as soon as possible especially if you're experiencing a serious illness. T. Colin Powell suggests taking supplements is not a good idea because there is some research that supplements have no benefit for most people and maybe doing more harm than good. 
If you are looking to change your eating plan to a healthier one the Juice Plus+ program Shred10 follows the recommended diet in Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition.  Shred10 is a whole food plant-based eating program not a diet but to support good health for your whole life.  
Here is Kathy Freston's conversation with him about vitamins, whole foods, and health.
KF: The title of your book is Whole; what do you mean by that?
TCC: The China Study summarized the experimental research findings of my 40+ years of professional research on diet and health and made some dietary recommendations. Although it has been enormously successful, it did not fully answer the oft-asked question, “Why have people not heard this before?”
Whole attempts to answer this question by offering a new meaning of nutrition. Our present misunderstanding of nutrition has caused great confusion with the public. The consequences of this misunderstanding have been serious.
Having researched for so long the biochemistry of nutrition, I became conscious of an incredible ability of each of the 10-100 trillion cells in our body to integrate, as in symphony, an unimaginably complex series of events that optimizes health and minimizes disease. Nutrition, when provided by the right foods, services this system with a food program that both prevents future disease and treats a broad spectrum of diseases, an effect that is far more effective and safe than the best of all pills and procedures could ever hope to do. It is an amazing gift of nature that has long eluded our consciousness. 
KF: Are we winning the war on disease? We’re living longer, right?
TCC: It’s not clear. We are capable of winning the war on disease, but we are still making decisions to take more drugs instead of eating a better diet. There is no comparison regarding which we should be choosing. Food almost always wins, with little or no side effects!
KF: What’s wrong with taking medications?
TCC: There is a place for medications. When I am in pain or suffering from an infection, I would like to have access to something that might bring me relief. But when I am over the crisis, I want to learn and do everything I can to use diet and nutrition that will take me the rest of the way to health and keep me there.
KF: So you’re saying vitamins are a bad thing?
TCC: All the reviews of recent years that have summarized the many studies on the effects of vitamins on long-term health show that they do not work to solve any of the serious problems that beset us. They do not lower rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In fact, we are more likely to suffer serious side effects from these supplements rather than getting benefits.
 KF: Are you saying we don’t need vitamins, or would you go so far as to say we shouldn’t take them? 
TCC: Unless there is clear unequivocal clinical evidence of benefit, we don’t need them, and because serious side effects have been documented, it makes no sense to take them. At least this is my personal interpretation and my personal choice. I confess that taking an occasional vitamin B12 may be useful, but I also believe that we have not yet seen all the research that needs to be done. I also choose not to take vitamin D because I have unanswered questions about the way our vitamin D status is measured, and the excessive claims made by the marketing people. It should also be known that vitamin D is not a vitamin, but a hormone produced when we get adequate exposure to the sun. I do have an open mind about this practice and can change but only if I see unequivocal evidence for its need.  Read the rest of the article click here

Your partner in health, 

Wellness Consultant
Certified Health Coach
C2 Your Health LLC
Top 50 Health Promotion Professional

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

5 Flu Remedies to Help You Feel Better

OK. It's official we are in a nationwide Flu Epidemic. This I am sure has come at no surprise to you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pretty much where ever you live in the U.S. there are seemingly tons of people around you sick with the flu. No? I'm sure your doctor has already told you taking antibiotics are not an option. Antibiotics are used to fight infections caused by bacteria, but the flu is cause by a virus. Taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good. So you are going to have to tough it out. To help you feel better I have made a short list of some home remedies that may help you feel better, even get better faster and better yet protect you from getting the flu again in the future.  

1. Drink Water 
You many be one of the millions who are not really interested in eating or drinking when you are sick with the flu onboard but in this case drink anyways. Your body needs water to function normally, to purge itself of toxins and waste whether you are sick or not. In fact, if you are congested in your upper and lower airways, feverish, vomiting or have diarrhea you need water even more. It's is well known water will even help speed up recovery. How much water should you drink? The amount varies based on your body size, type and activity level that being said in general most health authorities commonly recommend eight 8 oz. glasses, which comes to 2 liters, or a half a gallon. This is called the 8 x 8 rule keeps it easy. 

2. Use Steam 
Upper respiratory airways are often congested. A doctor friend of mine recommended this years ago and I have used this remedy ever since.  Almost instantly my upper airways become more clear. 

I boil 1-2 cups of water in a sauce pan then remove it from the heat. The add 1 tablespoon of each rosemary and oregano, both have antibacterial qualities. Cover the pan for 5 minutes with a lid. Then lean over the pot, cover your head with a towel, take the lid off (careful the pot is hot) and breath in the steam. Stay there as long as you can to loosen congestion, about 10 minutes. Repeat throughout the day. 

3.  Try Herbal Tea 
Ancient healers have been using herbal teas as remedies for a millennial.  I always recommend drinking organic blends, but they all work. These are the teas I drink most often however there is a huge list of medicinal teas at your disposal. 
  • Chamomile for it's relief of upset stomach and calming effect. Chamomile flower is used in may sleep aide type teas. 
  • Peppermint seems to relive digestive disturbances, and calming a fever. 
  • Ginger helps with nausea, vomiting and improves digestion. 
3. Jewish Chicken Soup
My Granny swore by this remedy.  Since I was a small child with my first sniffle out came the chicken soup. I have to admit I did feel better after a bowl or two. I wasn't totally sure if it was my soup or my Granny. Interestingly enough now-a-days medical science tells us what we already know chicken soup is a great cold and flu remedy; you can read all about it in the New York Times, The Science Behind Chicken Soup. Who knew? 

4. Sleep More  
There are lots of studies now on the healing power of sleep. While you sleep your body reboots every system of your body. If you don't get enough sleep your body will not have enough time to accomplish this task no matter how you feel when you wake up. According to David M. Rapoport, MD Director of Sleep Medicine Program at NYU Langone Medical Center we should be thinking of sleep as a 'tuneup' you need to run smoothly.  How much time does your body need to "tuneup'? He recommends 7 - 8 hours every night.  However, the National Sleep Foundation recommends more like 10 hours. Chances are you need to go back to bed right now!  

5.  Whole Food Nutritional Supplements all the Time 
While drinking lots of water, sleeping better and exercise are essential to cold and flu treatment and prevention along with a healthy and consistent diet rich in nutrients from fruits and vegetables. In fact the USDA now recommends 10 servings. I don't know about you but for me that is quite a load of produce! That's why hundreds of medical professionals reviewed the 38 medical research studies then began recommending Juice Plus+ to their clients and patients like Andrew Clark, MD recommends. Doctors all over the world now realized Juice Plus+ utilizes the nutrients from the 17 plus fruits, vegetables and grains to help boot the immune systems and reduce cold and flu symtoms by positively impacting the physicology of the body systems all year long.  

You might also consider having on hand Herbal Medicine Cabinet. If you are wondering what is a Herbal Medicine Cabinet and what do I put in it? Guess no longer Modern Alternative Health has some great ideas! 

Your partner in health, 

Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA 
Certified Health Coach 
Certified Wellness Coach 
Top 50 WELCOA Health Promotion Profession

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Flu Epidemic Worst Since 2014

In case you are wondering yes this is the worst flu season since 2014 – 2015 according to the latest report out this week by the CDC has been tracking the flu for 13 years stated this week Dan Jernigan, head of the CDC’s flu division, in a press briefing said this is the first year we’ve had the entire continental US every state with the same level of flu activity. The news is calling it a “Flu Epidemic”.

Around the country, doctors’ offices are packed with flu patients and hospitals are bursting at the seams with flu patients with highest hospitalizations are occurring among those over age 65, but adults aged 50 to 64 are also being hospitalized in higher-than-usual numbers and children younger than 5 years old. This flu is also claiming tragic deaths, 7 pediatric and 15 senior adults over 65 years old have died. Some states are declaring a public health emergency.

What do you need to know about this year’s flu epidemic? According to  these are the 6 early signs of flu to look for:
  • Sudden Fatigue
  • Body Aches and Chills 
  • Cough 
  • Sore Throat
  • Fever 
  • Gastrointestinal problems
Emergency symptoms to look for are symptoms getting significantly worse. Your overall health can determine the severity of your symptoms and how long the flu lasts. Seek immediate medical care if you have the following symptoms:
  • chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • bluish skin and lips
  • severe dehydration
  • dizziness and confusion
  • recurring fever
  • worsening cough

What can you do? 
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) good health habits can slow down transmission such as covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu that can be prescribed by your doctor. 

Need flu relief fast? According to WebMD there are Home Remedies for fast flu reliefMost of these remedies have been used to treat symptoms for years and who knows may help you feel better while your body fights the virus.  

Your partner in health, 

Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
Certified Health Coach 
Wellness Consultant 

Nominated Top 50 Health Promotion Professional 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Simple Changes to Guide Your Wellness

Welcome to 2018! While flipping a page in a calendar doesn’t wipe out our unfinished to-do lists from 2017, it does have a way of putting life into perspective. So, for me, each new year feels like a clean slate. I see it as an opportunity to get back on track with my goals or even set new ones.
In 2018, why not give yourself the ultimate gift of improved health and wellness? Speaking of gifts, I’ve got one to help you get started. In lieu of an article about resolutions, I’m making you a list you’ll want to keep around –products, recipes, and inspiration to simplify your approach in making 2018 a banner year. What could be easier?

  1. Water bottle: Make it your shadow. Take it everywhere you go, and you’ll never find yourself falling short of your daily hydration needs.
  2. Vegetable spiralizer: These have been around for a while, and my guess is they’ve moved from trend to classic. While it’s okay to enjoy the real thing when cravings hit, it’s also a healthy move to replace calorie-laden pasta with nutrient-rich vegetables on a regular basis.
  3. Good eats: To follow up on #2, try this killer recipe for zucchini noodles and chicken with peanut sauce.
Read the rest of the article:  8 Simple Changes to Guide Your Wellness in 2018