|What did Shakespeare know about health??|
|Heart health advice from "the Winter's Tale"|
According to Shakespeare: “A merry heart goes all the day,Your sad (heart) tires in a mile.” (The Winter’s Tale. ACT IV Scene 3 ). Here the bard is connecting an unhappy spirit (and likely stress) with poor cardiovascular health.
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Want to increase your chances of living longer? Follow this dietary advice
Few can argue that increasing longevity has been the ultimate goal for every life form since the dawn of time. The reasons for this have also been the subject of debate for nearly as long as human’s have had control of language. Some evolutionary theories suggest that the main incentive for increasing lifespan is to procreate, while others argue that as humans have evolved we’ve developed higher level needs grounded in an understanding of key socioeconomic tenets. The fact remains though, that historically anyone who was believed to hold the key to a longer life was highly regarded in his or her culture. In our society, where patients only consider seeing their Doctor once “disease” has already set in, we naturally forget about the role that prevention must play in optimal health. For this reason, any time research comes out showing that the foundations of health that we teach at InnerSource Health (a health promoting diet, appropriate exercise, optimal sleep, a positive mental attitude etc.) can objectively promote longer life in a highly reproducible way, I want to shout it from the metaphorical rooftops. See here goes from a study released last month:
The famous Nurses’ Health Study, which has been tracking the health of 121,000 nurses since 1976, has assessed the role that the Mediterranean diet plays in Telomere length. [I’ll digress for context: the telomere is the part of your DNA which protects it from damage. Each time our cells divide, telomeres shorten. While this is something we need to protect us from uncontrolled cell growth – think cancer – longer telomeres have also been associated with a longer life. Anything we can do to lengthen them while maintaining normal cell cycle control will increase your chances for a long and healthy life]. The researchers found that when they measured the telomere length of white blood cells in these nurses, those who ate a Mediterranean diet were more likely to have longer telomeres. This is in addition to all of the other related benefits of the diet for things like cardiovascular and mental health, and for reducing cancer risk.
As a Naturopath and Acupuncturist, I have a seemingly endless array of tools to help you get well and stay well. But all of the supplements in the world won’t do you any good in a sustainable way without incorporating health promoting lifestyle choices such as proper diet.
So then, what is the Mediterranean diet? Primarily seasonal plant based foods from local sources, whole grains, legumes and nuts form the bulk of the diet. Healthy fats are encouraged, along with various herbs and spices for flavoring (instead of added salt, for example). Red meat is limited, but fish and poultry are eaten in moderation. Red (1 glass for women, 1-2 for men) with dinner is encouraged, as well as high quality dark chocolate in moderation. Dairy is eaten but in low volumes, and fresh fruit is the main source of dessert.
Is the Mediterranean diet right for me? That depends, and is certainly something we can discuss on your next visit. There are lots of dietary options, and no one-size-fits all approach. Schedule a visit by calling 631-421-1848 to go over your options and create an individualized plan just for you.
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What is Homeopathy and what can it do for me?
Homeopathy is an extremely effective and comprehensive system of medicine that has been in use since the end of the 18th century. While it has tremendous healing potential, it is also remarkably gentle and free of side effects. Homeopathic remedies are diluted forms of substances that, if given in their crude form to a healthy person, would cause the same symptoms that we are seeking to cure in the sick.
Homeopathy is supported by the medical understanding that “like cures like,” and by the pharmacological concept of the Biphasic Dose Response (Arndt-Schulz Principle). Its efficacy is further explained by a principle foundational to Naturopathy: that the body has an inherent capacity to heal itself. Symptoms, then, are necessary, protective efforts to return the body to homeostasis. Just as any stressor we encounter will result in an organized response by the body to protect itself, homeopathic remedies serve as targeted stressors or “messages” which stimulate our adaptive capacity in a specific way which helps the body to overcome those symptoms. The properly selected homeopathic remedy (there are over 4,000 in total) matches the totality of a person’s complaints at that time, and more importantly, mirrors the adaptive healing tendency unique to each individual.
As one of many tools at the disposal of a Naturopathic Doctor, homeopathy often serves to create clarity in some of our most difficult cases. In this way, the study of homeopathy helps us gain a better understanding of our patients and forge closer relationships with them, and allows us to truly understand the whole person.
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Tips for Avoiding the Common Cold
Scared of catching a cold? Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself healthy this winter.
Supplement with vitamin D. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to decreased immune function and increased risk of upper respiratory infections. Taken daily with a meal, vitamin D will keep you healthy and can prevent those winter blues.
Boost your immune system with healthy bugs. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that live in our gut and help to keep the immune system balanced, fight infection and decrease the time needed to recover from a cold. Probiotics work in several ways to protect us. They help us to digest food, produce substances to protect our gut lining from invading bacteria, and help to outnumber the bad bacteria so they cannot proliferate and make us sick. Taking a probiotic supplement and eating fermented foods ensures that we get many different kinds of beneficial bacteria.
Avoid foods that deplete the immune system like sugar, alcohol and processed foods. These foods have been shown to increase inflammation in the body. As inflammation increases immune function decreases. Certain spices like turmeric, rosemary, garlic, oregano, ginger, among others have been shown to decrease inflammation and increase immune function. Adding these spices to our everyday cooking can give our immune system a little extra help. Mushrooms have medicinal properties that have been shown to increase the body’s natural immune system. Adding mushrooms like, shiitake or maitake, to soups and stews is an easy way to boost immunity. Increasing colorful veggies and fruit provides nutrients the body needs to fight off colds.
Taking a multivitamin daily will make sure your body is getting the essential nutrients it needs to function properly.
For your body to run efficiently you must stay hydrated. Dehydration leads to dry and cracked mucus membranes, which are our first line of defense against bacteria entering our body. Be sure to drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily. Adding fresh squeezed lemon, cucumber or some crushed berries will make this task easier to accomplish. Bone broths are packed with nutrients, taste great and also help to keep us hydrated. Herbal teas are another tasty, nutritious way to add to hydration status.
Always wash your hands. This is pretty much common sense and I'm sure you’ve heard it before but it can really help decrease your risk of catching a cold. When we touch surfaces that other people have touched we can pick up their germs. These germs can enter our body through our mucus membranes. Simply using soap and water before touching your face and especially before eating can help to prevent the spread of germs.
Other helpful tips include exercising regularly, going to bed before midnight and decreasing stress.
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Why Repressed Emotions Affect Our Health
Do our cells have embedded memory? Why is that important to know?
Unquestionably, research has proven that every experience we have, has been imprinted into our cells. This occurs on every level and encompasses all the five senses. All this information is being logged into our bodies and stored in our cells. Our cells even “listen” to what we think. Our bodies respond to our thoughts. Be they positive and uplifting or negative and depressing.
There is a saying, “Perception is Reality”. Your reaction to circumstances is based on your personal experiences and belief system. It is the way you see, feel, and express yourself in your life.
So what does this have to do with our health and well being? Everything!!
We all come from different walks of life. Some have had a very difficult childhood which could range from family trauma and abuse, to various debilitating health issues. Of course, experiencing trauma can come at any time of our life. Accidents, loss of loved ones, job loss. All these misfortunes affect our cells. Ultimately our health is compromised.
How did we digest these occurrences, or did we? Perhaps consciously we didn’t and we just went into survival mode. This path takes us into the concept of repressed emotions and the toll it takes on our health in the years ahead.
Candence Pert, (1944-2013), neuroscientist and pharmacologist, former Chief of the Section on Brain Biochemistry, Clinical Neuroscience Branch, at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), stated in her book Molecules of Emotions, “repressed emotions are stored in the body, the unconscious mind, via the release of neuropeptide ligands, and that memories are held in their receptors (i.e. emotions). The neuropeptides and receptors, the biochemicals of emotion are the messengers carrying information to link the major systems of the body into one unit called the body-mind.
These chemicals in our body are the substrates of the emotions, and they are in constant communication with our immune system, the mechanism through which health and disease are created”.
With more that 80 types of auto-immune diseases, the medical society is still wondering what causes them. Many have similar symptoms, which makes diagnosis difficult.
Medications are helpful in treating certain symptoms, but the individual suffering needs to get to the source of the emotion to find out what may be repressed and causing their quality of life to deteriorate.
Sondra Barrett, PhD, in her book Secrets of Your Cells, cites a study by psychologist James Pennebaker, in which he claims that when people hold back a painful or fearful story, the very experience of holding back is stressful, and their cells respond accordingly with symptoms of stress and anxiety. Once those thoughts have been released, there was a wave of relief, and their cells initiate the chemistry of peace.
How To Take Control of Emotional Health
There are effective ways one can take control of these emotional health issues holistically, since emotions are just one dimension of a greater whole. This is the body, mind, and spirit connection imperative to maintaining harmony and balance within.
Integrating a supportive natural health care approach with your holistic healthcare practitioner will help you to maintain an emotionally balanced body-mind system. A custom tailored nutritional program will also give you a big boost in emotional stability and maintaining optimum energy levels.
Speak positively to your cells. Remember. They’re listening!
Bio: Donna L. Nesteruk is a Licensed Acupuncturist with National Diplomat NCCAOM Board Certification. Certified Instructor and Practitioner of Acutonics® Tuning Fork Therapy. Donna is advanced certified and specializes in Constitutional Facial Rejuvenation incorporating various modalities including acupuncture, non-invasive tuning forks, and facial cupping with jade stone gua sha. Donna is a Reiki Master, Certified in EFT, a Certified Drum Circle Facilitator, and Certified in Sound Healing, Vocal Toning, and is a member of the Sound Healers Association. If you are interested in more information, you can make an appointment with Donna in Huntington Long Island, or the NYC office by contacting her at (631) 848-8856 or e-mail: email@example.com
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sculpture: Aristide Mallilol, Bronze, c. 1904, photo credit: P Bongiorno
Whole Finance: How Values-Driven Divestment Created the Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Market
I sat down with SRI expert, Katherine Burstein, CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst ®) and Financial Advisor at Pell Wealth Partners in New York City (http://www.ameripriseadvisors.com/katherine.burstein/) to better understand how one matches profit to personal values.
Anne Williams: What are the differences between Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), Impact Investing (II) and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factor investing?
Katherine Burstein: SRI has traditionally connoted negative screening: e.g. not investing in weaponry, tobacco or other industries in conflict with an investor’s values.
The SRI industry got its start in the 1980s as part of the anti-apartheid movement. Over time, it began to represent positive as well as negative screening, with investors seeking out companies that proactively promote certain value sets. This would include practices such as treating workers above industry standard or employing innovative technology that conserves energy and water.
II is primarily associated with positive screening that is directly linked to measurable social or environmental outcomes. For example, a company might set in motion a program to meet a stated quantifiable reduction in gas emissions over a five-year period.
ESG factor investing is also mostly indicative of positive screening and currently acts as an umbrella term for the values-conscious investor. ESG factors are the parameters that socially responsible and impact investors use to analyze companies. ESG factors include issues such as sustainable use of natural resources, pollution prevention, labor relations, gender equality, diversity, human rights, responsible lending, transparency and shareholder rights, among many other factors.
AW: How are ESG factors currently analyzed?
KB: Analysis of ESG factors within a given company is largely dependent upon voluntary reports. Some companies provide a lot of information others very little or in vague terms. Data providers such as MSCI and Bloomberg now collect ESG data points from publicly traded companies and make the data available to their subscribers.
Much of the data analysis comes from the academic realm – for example, Harvard Business School – in addition to the financial sector itself.
AW: What have been the obstacles to including ESG factors in financial analysis?
KB: In large part, tradition. The historical mindset has been that values and profit are at odds. We now have data that demonstrates that there can be an economic benefit to values-based investment choices.
For example, we now have good data that suggests having women in leadership can be an indicator of higher profit and lower risk for companies. The value of diversity has resulted in the creation of several funds focused on companies that support and maintain the advancement of women.
We have also seen data that negative screening (excluding companies with poor ESG performance) can help moderate downside risk in a portfolio. One example would be the BP oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico. MSCI, an ESG factor data provider who assigns ESG scores to companies, rated BP’s Health and Safety record in the lowest quartile before the 2010 spill, giving subscribers the option in advance to move their money to other companies.
AW: How might ESG factor analysis become more standardized within the financial industry?
KB: Advisory boards such as SASB (the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) have been created to encourage more standardized reporting on corporations’ ESG performance. Over time, this movement may make it easier for investors to gain standardized information and make more informed decisions.
AW: For an individual who wants to start by making small steps into the SRI arena, where would you suggest beginning?
KB: Take a moment to consider where might be areas of opportunity in your investment portfolio that align with your overall goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. Whether it be your local bank, your financial advisor, or online lists of socially responsible mutual funds (see http://charts.ussif.org/mfpc/, for example), there are many resources available for those just getting started.
Another way to get involved would be speaking up at the institution where you work or at your alma mater (college or university). If that organization holds investments through a pension plan, or endowment, and you are a stakeholder in some way, you can provide feedback that sustainability is important to you.
AW: Parting words?
KB: Thanks for talking with me, Anne! I’d like to point out that sustainability is one parameter of evaluating an investment and it is important to remember that there is no perfect company. For example, a retail company may have an advanced system for reducing waste in its supply chain, but may also have issues with employee relations. Or an energy company be making strides towards renewable, clean energy solutions, but also have issues with transparency and communicating with shareholders.
Also, it’s important to keep in mind that just because a company is sustainable, doesn’t always mean it’s a good investment. It’s always to consider investment options within the context of an overall financial plan suited to your unique goals.
For those interested, more information on this topic can be found in the Green Money Journal (http://www.greenmoneyjournal.com), the USSIF (Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment - http://www.ussif.org/), Bloomberg (http://www.bloomberg.com/sustainability/) and the MSCI (Morgan Stanley Capital International) ESG indexes (http://www.msci.com/products/indexes/esg/).
Katherine Burstein, CFA, specializes in Socially Responsible and Impact Investing with the aim of not only helping clients achieve financial and life goals, but also social and environmental ones through generating positive social and environmental impact. Learn more about Katherine here: http://www.ameripriseadvisors.com/katherine.burstein/.
Dr. Anne Williams, ND is a natural health expert who specializes in women’s health and cardiovascular disease. She helps her patients live life to its fullest, with energy and enthusiasm. Learn more about Dr. Anne here: here
How Does Your Gut Flora Affect Your Mood?
|6 Steps You Can Take|
Psychology Today Blog 11-08-2014
What do the germs in your digestive tract have to do with anxiety and depression?
What can you do to help them thelp your mood?
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Probiotics for Preventing the Sniffles: Preparing for Cold and Flu Season
August 25, 2014
by Dr. Anne Williams
The Japan Pediatric Society recently reported that twice daily supplementation with probiotics was able to “significantly lower risk of fever, cough,” runny nose and school absence in children 8-13 years of age.
Preventing the severity of viral infections such as the common cold can also prevent the likelihood of secondary infections such as sinusitis and middle ear infections.
In addition to the immune-boosting effects against viral infections, probiotics have also been found to reduce the incidence of allergic rhinitis or seasonal allergy symptoms in children.
Treating the digestive system is a common way to support the immune and respiratory system in Chinese medicine. Once again, we see ancient wisdom corroborated by modern research.
Dr. Anne Williams is a natural health expert who works with kids and adults to live life to its fullest, with energy and enthusiasm. Learn more about Dr. Williams here: here
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Simple Steps for Back-To-School Preparation: Routine
August 20, 2014
Anne Williams, ND, LAc
Studies show that one of the best ways to support your children's academic performance and personal growth is with reliable structure. Especially by providing a consistent bedtime and mealtime. Poor grades in school and depression are strongly correlated with irregular patterns.
Children respond well to a routine that they can depend on in the face of the many changing factors in their school environment. All change results in stress on the body and the home environment is one place that can provide a sense of rest and repose. Restorative home time allows kids to have the energy to be more flexible in other situations.
Though complaints are frequent with bed and mealtime routines, remember that hindsight is usually 20/20 and your kids will most likely thank you, even if that thanks only comes years from now.
An added bonus for mom comes with bedtime routine. It appears that not only children benefit through improved sleep quality but mom’s mood improves as well.
Dr. Anne Williams is a natural health expert who works with kids and adults to live life to its fullest, with energy and enthusiasm. Learn more about Dr. Anne here: here
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Coffee Good or Bad? Dr. Peter Bongiorno interviewed by Natural Health Magazine
Is coffee good for you?
Does Dr. Peter drink coffee?
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Robin Williams' Loss and Holistic Care for Depression
08.14.2014 on Psychology Today
"Why do I stand up here? Anybody?
I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way."
– Robin Williams as Mr. Keating in Dead Poets Society
Robin Williams' brilliance left us way too early. Here are some steps to help us consider a more holistic and integrative model to deal with severe depression.
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