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Alkalinity – The Key to Balanced Health - by Dee McCaffrey

Posted by Dee McCaffrey, CDC on May 9, 2015 10:15:00 PM


Dee_McCaffrey_Headshot"Deep down we all want to be healthy,"  Says Dee McCaffrey, internationally acclaimed author and chemist.

But true health is still a mystery to most people.  We are living in a time that makes it very confusing to even know what healthy is.  With all the diets and hype about what and what not to eat, we find ourselves constantly questioning our food choices.  How did eating become so complicated?  And how can we make it simpler?

 

The answer lies in understanding and respecting how our bodies are designed.  Once we have that understanding and respect, health comes naturally.

 

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Our bodies are designed to be in balance.  More specifically, it is our internal body chemistry that must be kept balanced.  When imbalance occurs, the signs of disease begin to rear their ugly heads: low energy; fatigue, digestive problems, weight gain, headaches, aches and pains, as well as the major killers—heart disease, diabetes and cancer.  When balance is maintained, those signs disappear, weight stabilizes, and major illnesses begin to reverse. 

 

Maintaining balanced body chemistry—a term referred to as pH—is one of the basic necessities for good health—our lives literally depend on it.  The term pH refers to the amount of acidity in a water-based medium.  Human blood and body fluids are all water-based.  Alkalinity basically means the absence of Hydrogen, or the opposite of acidity.

 

The acid/alkaline scale (pH scale) ranges from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. A pH less than 7 is acidic; a pH greater than 7 is alkaline.  Our bodies are designed to be slightly alkaline at a pH of 7.4. 

 

acid-alkaline_scaleLike the Richter scale that measures earthquakes, the pH scale is logarithmic, which means that a pH of 6.4 is ten times more acidic than a pH of 7.4, and a pH of 8.4 is ten times more alkaline than a pH of 7.4.  Even small changes in pH can cause great damage or great health.

 

 

The normal functions of our body create small amounts of acid.  For instance, when we exercise, our muscles create lactic acid. Breathing, cell building, and burning calories to fuel the metabolism are also normal functions of the body that create acid.

 

It is critical that the pH of the blood stays between 7.35 and 7.45, and even slight deviations can result in disease or death.  To keep your blood in the ideal range, your body has a number of systems that are adept at neutralizing and eliminating excess acid from your blood.  But sometimes that comes at a great cost to your health in other ways.

 

A healthy body stores adequate amounts of minerals in our bones, muscles, tissues, and teeth, that can be drawn upon to neutralize the acidity created by normal body functions. These minerals, called the “alkaline reserve”  include calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and sodium.  But the minerals in our alkaline reserve are not infinite, and there is a limit to how much acid even a healthy body can cope with effectively.  We need to replace these minerals regularly by eating the foods that contain them.

 

To maintain our proper body pH, the majority of our foods should be alkaline forming, and the acid-forming foods should be minimized. The alkaline forming foods contain the minerals that replenish our alkaline reserve.  However, the typical diet of most Americans is the exact opposite.

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Most fruits and vegetables are alkaline forming, whereas meats, grains, most fats, dairy products, and all the junk foods are acid forming. The most acid-forming foods are refined carbohydrates—white sugar and white flour--in addition to sodas (especially diet sodas), artificial sweeteners, alcohol, coffee, and prescription drugs.

 

Eating too many of the acid-forming foods and not enough of the alkaline-forming ones results in excess acidity, which overwhelms the body’s alkaline reserve. It’s like continuing to draw money out of a dwindling savings account, without replacing it.

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The alkaline reserve consists mainly of calcium, which is drawn from the bones, tissues, and teeth. When calcium is continually removed from the bones, without adequate replacement, you end up with a calcium deficiency.

When your alkaline reserve becomes chronically low, your body is less able to neutralize additional acid coming in. As a result, other defense mechanisms are employed to protect your blood and organs from getting overly acidic. This may sound like a good thing, that your body is working hard to keep you alive despite your poor diet, but this is how many health problems begin.

To keep excess acid from entering your vital organs, your body creates fat cells and then quarantines the acid inside them.  These additional fat cells lead to weight gain and obesity. Your body then holds on to this fat as a way to continue protecting the organs. Hence, when your body is acidic, you gain weight that is very difficult to lose. Another place your body stores acid is in your muscles. Acidic muscles lead to low energy, muscle cramps, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Your body may also try to expel acid through the skin, causing hot flashes, strong perspiration, psoriasis and rashes.

Acidic body pH is responsible for arthritis, chronic fatigue, heart disease, strokes gout, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, acid reflux, high blood pressure, overweight, and obesity, and many, many more serious health problems.

Your regular diet will not produce an optimal body pH until you are consuming the appropriate amount of alkalizing foods that offset the acid producing foods you eat.  A properly balanced diet consisting of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% healthy acid forming foods is recommended.

That’s right, it’s that simple.  All you have to do is eat more alkaline forming foods than you do acid forming foods, and you are on your way to long-term health.   My books The Science of Skinny and The Science of Skinny Cookbook can help you achieve the right balance.

 

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Happy Health stores - In Beautiful Israel

Posted by Matthew Katz on Apr 6, 2015 6:00:00 PM

“Our staff gets people smiling as they shop. Smiles produce endorphins which can be a first step in healing and recovery,” says store owner Shulamit Slotki from Ma’ale Adumim.

IMG-20150125-WA0001Aside from just making us all feel great and experiencing more love, we know from Norman Cousins and others in the medical world that laughter works wonders. Maybe that’s why when you walk through either of Shulamit’s and Yehuda's Milk & Honey health food stores in Ein Kerem or Ma’ale Adumim you enjoy an immediate relaxation response and a sigh of relief from everyday stressors.  The reason her stores are so popular begins with the joyful welcome you receive as you enter, but it doesn’t end there. You’ll soon see that there’s way more to this story.

Her son and partner, Yehuda Slotki, is the manager of the Ma'ale Adumim shop and has a wonderful knowledge of health, nutrition and wellness with an equally well-informed and helpful support staff available for questions. There is always a "buzz of excitement" in the air as people roam the isles for new products knowing that the prices are very competitive. Her shop in the beautiful artist's village off Ein Kerem is in the forest valley below Hadassah Hospital and the Holocaust Museum (Yad Vashem). Shulamit’s ancient stone shop in this mini-“Woodstock-looking” village is located on a quaint European-like side street.

Within the Ein Kerem branch you’ll find remnant architecture from the Second Temple period. Each room and courtyard, filled with amazing nooks and crannies, speaks of historical Jerusalem long ago. You feel surrounded by the vitality of friendly neighbors, many of whom are artists and entrepreneurs. They have created a supportive and united joint-marketing community with interactive tours of homes and artist’s studios and shops. Shulamit lived the first 35 years of her life, since the age of 16, suffering from asthma, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, chronic fatigue and arthritis. Her health problems increased while raising four children in Israel with her husband Yitzhak, professor of medicine at Shaare Zedek Medical center.  During a stay in Boston (where Yehuda, their fifth child, was born) while Yitzhak researched kidney disease, Shulamit studied the macrobiotics way of life for two years with world master Michio Kushi, the father of macrobiotics.  After following Kushi’s regime for just three months all her symptoms disappeared! On top of this, with the whole family enjoying macrobiotics, none of their children got sick during that period. As a result of the success of this remarkable personal lifestyle and diet modification, Shulamit decided to devote her life to helping others through nutritional knowledge and friendship. What separates this health food store from many others is the extraordinary woman who started the business. 

“I believe I was put on earth and given all these illnesses in order for me to pursue the knowledge so I can help others,” says Shulamit. 

Whether it’s advice on nutrition, healing, soothing your soul, or creating better relationships, Shulamit has a point of view she is willing to share. Lookup this awesome store when you are in the heart of Jerusalem and are looking for an amazing experience!

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Foods that Help Power Exercise

Posted by Eliana Cohen on Mar 18, 2015 7:42:00 PM


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Hi, I’m Eliana Cohen, HealthRightUSA and HealthRightISRAEL’s staff nutritionist and personal trainer.

With its cooler weather, fall and our temporal winter months in Israel is a great time for getting fit. Oh, bikehow we love activating those endorphins! And yet it takes work to start a “new leaf” on our lives. Before we head-out for a walk, a run, or a swim we need to consider that there are some foods which actually can enhance our workouts. Read on to see how.

Carbohydrates are required when we exercise. The most important type of carbohydrates we can choose are; 1) whole grains which provide much needed fiber. Also, 2) bananas are an excellent source of energy which provide healthy carbohydrates, as well as vitamin C and B6. And, they are packed with great fiber. 3) Sweet potatoes are a great source of potassium and fiber since they are loaded with beta-carotene, generally known to be beneficial for our eyes.

4) Meat and chicken are great sources of protein that give our bodies extra thiamine and zinc. And a proper amount of 5) eggs (2-3 times per week maximum) can give us a terrific source of protein with their extra benefit of a mineral called choline, which helps us reduce inflammation. Indeed, 6) yogurt provides us with an excellent source of protein, calcium, and “live” probiotic bacteria, essential for sustaining a healthy balance of flora and fauna. 7) Delicious almonds are a source of healthy fats, providing vitamin E, essential for the almondsimmune system giving us that extra power while working-out. The favored, well prepared, 8) poached or baked salmon is loaded with omega 3 essential fats, oils and wonderful protein. This omega 3 is required to assist our health, skin, joints, hair, etc. and we often don’t get enough of this specific ingredient since it is NOT found in many other foods. 9) Well soaked, wholesome, real black beans pack ample proteins, fiber, folate and antioxidants.

We must also choose our 10) leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, kale, seaweed, mustard greens and the like to provide folate, vitamins K, A and C, fiber, calcium and iron.

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In all these choices, it’s best to have a carbohydrate snack before you walk, run or swim (digest it for 20-30 minutes before for safety) and after you exercise enjoy one of the above protein and carbohydrate-filled meals to achieve your greatest health and strength benefits.

It's best to vary your exercise and experiment with new routines, such as;

a) Yoga, b) Pilates, c) walking, d) running, e) jogging, f) biking, and/or g) swimming. In order to effectively lose weight, you should exercise for at least 40 continuous minutes about 3-days a week, or at least have moderate-vigorous physical activity to equal 150 minutes a week.

Feel free to contact Eliana Cohen, certified nutritionist, and physical trainer.

 

 

How to Forage foods in the Woods by Ronit Peskin

Posted by Matthew Katz on Mar 9, 2015 11:28:00 PM

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When you take a walk outside, whether a trip to the grocery store, school playground, or even just a nature stroll, you probably don't notice anything in particular growing alongside your path. If you pay attention to nature and plant life, you may notice many wonderful different shades of color in our world. But, for most people, wild plant life is seen as a bunch of ordinary shrubs and weeds.

I am a serious "forager," and to me I see many more possibilities in G-d's green earth. These plants are truly my friends. Having researched many of these "weed-like" plants for years now, I know their wonderful "edible" attributes. Whether these plants seem useful to others, I create delightful dishes for meals all week-long, AND, especially during our Shmita year in our Holy Land of Israel.

Even though I am a long-time forager, my explorations in the fields are just like a child's first days in school. Remember how we first noticed a sea of endless "new" faces. It was daunting that day, but as time went on, we made friends and had lots of fun! Just as we begin a school-year, getting to know other children one-by-one, we may similarly greet new plants along our way in "nature's classroom!"

Hence, as I forage wild plants, I take special care to find unique uses for the plants I discover. I soon fill my pantry with both food and my medicine cabinets with herbs, roots and tonics as healing agents. forage

Why should YOU forage anyway? Everyone has different reasons for becoming a gatherer in nature as our ancestors did. 

1) My very first reason was simply to lower my food bills. Finding and preparing virtually "FREE" healthy foods appealed to me in so many ways.

When I first read about foraging, I didn't think it would be an option for me, as there was very little good information out there about foraging in Israel. Also, I guessed that foraging needed to be location specific. However, once I researched and read much more online and in print, it became evident that there are so many edible local plants in each region that we find ourselves in. You simply have to study your own environment.

Once I started learning about the local plants and their edibility, I recognized some of their names as those of natural medicines sold in the health food store. Take shepherd's purse, for example: it grows all over Israel in the winter months, and is sold, packaged, to be used to help with bleeding issues. This encouraged me to learn more about, not only the edible aspect, but also the medicinal uses of many of the local plants.

Though I started out foraging to save money, it has become much more than that to me now. 

2) Foraged plants are infinitely healthier than their grocery store counterparts. The reason for this is that, not only are they organic, but they are growing in places that are ideal for them to thrive, in dirt that is not depleted of minerals from regular factory farming.

In addition, these plants haven't been "hybridized" to enhance features while reducing valuable nutrition. Therefore, you'll find that most of these plants are extremely high in vitamins and minerals like omega 3, iron, and calcium.

3) The plants I forage are delicious on their own without any extra preparation.

weedsThe plants I forage vary from season to season, and also depend on my mood. I fill my house with wild greens like mallow, wild mustard, nettles, sow thistle, milk thistle during the winter months, and use them instead of spinach, lettuce, and swiss chard in so many different recipes. I also pick wild fennel, wood sorrel and eryngo, strongly flavored greens which I use to season my food. During the drier summer months, greens are a little harder to come by, but I do make good use of the wild greens purslane and lambsquarters in many recipes. However, my favorite foraged plants are those that are exactly what I can buy in the store, like fruit (figs, pomegranates, apples, lemons, prickly pears and grapes among others), nuts (almonds and pine nuts), and even spices like mustard seeds, sumac, fennel seeds, pink peppercorns. I even pickle my own wild olives and capers.

While so far in this era of processed foods and instant pudding, foraging hasn't caught on for the entire population... It's because we need to be willing to take the time to learn about useful and healthy plants and even be willing to get our hands a little dirty.

In the end, however, once you start foraging, you'll notice that there is a feast waiting for you out there, just ready for the picking.

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Psoriasis Diet helped famous CNN anchor reverse her Psoriasis!

Posted by Matthew Katz on Aug 26, 2014 11:25:38 PM

By Zain Verjee,CNN
January 3, 2014 -- Updated 2217 GMT (0617 HKT)
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CNN anchor with psoriasis has a message of hope for all who suffer!

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • CNNI anchor Zain Verjee climbed the ladder of the news world despite a secret
  • The sometimes debilitating skin condition of psoriasis plagued her physically and mentally
  • Verjee tried many treatments but found the answer for her lay within

Editor's note: Zain Verjee began her career at CNN in 2000 as an anchor in Atlanta and now anchors the Europe morning show for CNN International from London. She is a part- time master's student of creative writing at Oxford University.

Famous folks with psoriasis (CNN) -- I spent more than a decade of my professional career on international television, my face visible to millions each day. Yet I spent a lifetime hiding.

For years, I guard a painful secret: I can't bear to look in the mirror. I shrink from bright light. A gaze that lingers a second too long makes me panic. A hot summer day sends me into the shadows.

I have fish-like scales. There are tiny red islands floating on the surface of my skin. They combine to create continents with jagged surfaces. They turn black and start to smell. There is blood and pus.

My scalp spits out silver flakes. My ears are filled with crusts. I leave white specks wherever I sit. I float in long, loose clothes. My hands betray me. The sores sit openly. My nails are dented with pockmarks. I find strands of hair on the sheets and pillowcases every morning.

I suffer from psoriasis. It's ravaged my body since I was 8. At its worst my plaques look like leprosy. I feel like a leper.

"Please can you leave the pool," a woman once told me when I was 22, visiting the Dead Sea in Israel, "we're not comfortable with you in it." She is horrified at my body. I am ashamed. I hang my head.

The landscape from my neck down is chaos.

So I choose to look away. I am able to dress perfectly in the dark. I can feel my way around a room or a closet full of clothes. I instinctively choose the dimmest corner of a restaurant to sit in. Winters are a relief only because I won't stand out covered from top to toe.

CNN anchor talks 'traumatic' skin disease


This 'Ugly' skin condition has no cure? Or does it...

My face is flawless. Not a blemish. Not a mark. Compliments are endless. But I am acutely aware that a horror film unfolds in secret beneath my clothes. I am effervescent and radiant on the outside and rotting inside. Which is the real me?

The cameras fire up, the red light turns on. I am splendidly made up. I lose myself in the moment. I am energized. I am focused. It's only my face. It is floating. It's all that exists. It gives me confidence.

No one has it all. I fight my body and myself all my life. I hit rock bottom many times because of my disease. It seems futile to try anymore. "Who will ever want me like this" I cry hysterically at home. "No one could ever touch me." My mother pulls me out self-loathing and defeatism. When I want to give up, she will not let me.

She becomes an expert on psoriasis. She reads medical journals and approaches alternative healers. She takes me for acupuncture and hypnosis. She mixes various acids in a lab for me to use on my skin and soaks me in a tub full of Dead Sea salt. The rest of the day, I am in a messy, smelly cream. Endless personal research, trial and error bring occasional relief.

Imagine the nightmarish teen years. I cower from close friendships. No one can know the truth. I never date. Intimacy is out of the question. I have no sensation of touch. The scales are too thick.

The itch is unbearable. I try and ignore it. It's impossible. It agitates me. I use all my strength and I tear at my skin. I am violent. I scratch back and forth until there is blood. It is too raw to do any more. I am filled with rage and humiliated.

So I disappear in my head, create fictional stories and characters. I play out entire conversations, lives and deaths, stories of courage and cowardice to escape myself. My mind is living a separate life from the body beneath it.

Somehow, my imagination takes me far. I am in my early 20s, and it's the beginning of my career. I am anchoring the prime time shows in Kenya. Tonight is a big opportunity. My game face is on.

I've spent the afternoon on hair and makeup. As I settle into the anchor's chair, I hear the faint rustle of plastic shrink wrap. I have wrapped up my legs and torso in the clingy film after soaking my scales in Vaseline so that the pain is lessened and the putrid smell contained. The director calls out. The floor manager cues me. The lights on, news copy in my hands, I smile and welcome millions of Kenyans into the studio.

The contrast is sharp -- behind closed doors, I have given up. I am on the floor. I am crying, screaming and itching insanely. My mother cries. I rarely see her cry. The last time was when my grandfather died.

Then an angel arrives.

A family friend approaches mum. "Your daughter looks unwell. She is losing her hair. What is the matter?" My mother, at her wits end, tells the woman the truth. "George," the angel says. "Tell her to go to George."

George is a small town in South Africa. I learn there is a clinic that specializes in treating severe skin disease. I adamantly refuse. I have had enough of doctors, hospitals, foul smelling topical creams and hopes dashed. Mum convinces me.

In a week, I find myself there against my wishes. I withstand the indignity, once again, of being naked, the grotesque lesions under neon light, and I listen to the shocked gasps of the doctors and nurses.

"We've never seen it this bad," one says in the tiny examination room.

I glance dully outside the window of my room to see a blue lake and a blue sky amid green trees and grass. Postcard perfect. I count the hours.

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ZZain Verjee shares her experience with the illness.

Who could imagine where I am? I am a celebrity in Nairobi, making it big.

"What do you do?" I am asked.

"Nothing," I respond curtly to any one who dares make conversation with me. I certainly don't want to start a conversation about being on television or hosting a radio show for that matter. What would my viewers on KTN and listeners on Capital FM Radio think of me?

Mind, body and spirit are the focus at this clinic. It sounds insane to me. I am told to do mediation, deep relaxation and creative visualization three times a day. I lie on the floor listening to the voice in charge.

"Every day in every way I am getting better and better. I have no desire to eat the foods I know are bad for me..." I brainwash myself. It works.

I eat yogurt or bran for breakfast, salads or fish for lunch and chicken for dinner. Nothing tastes good. I yearn for Tabasco. I drink only herbal tea and torrents of water.

I write a long letter to my psoriasis, describing how it causes me pain, how it hurts my relationships, how it makes me weak. I blame it for not allowing me to be free. I blame it for my rage, my violence, my bullying and my inability to feel loved, for my need for praise and constant reassurance.

I berate and belittle it. I coax and cajole it. I remind it of my sexless life. I beg and plead for it to go away. Then I thank my psoriasis. It has taught me to have no vanity, more compassion and to withhold judgment.

I am crying, emotionally drained, and hot underneath my long sleeves and jeans. I take a shovel, pick a spot outside and dig deep. I place the pages into the hole. I plant a tree. I use my hands to touch the earth. Nature seems surprisingly reassuring.

In this instance, I bury my past. I have said everything I needed to say to my skin. The tree will give life, oxygen. Perhaps it will give me a chance to breathe again.

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ZZain Verjee after the "nutrition" treatment.

A breakthrough.

It has been two weeks, and I see something no one else can see -- a tiny shift. In the center of one thick plaque, there is a slight thinning. I can discern this little dent only because I have been touching my skin.

This small success galvanizes me to stick rigidly to the tough diet I have promised to undertake. I am ecstatic, fully of new energy. My smile is real. I am positive.

I return to Nairobi with a new mindset, a sense of control. I maintain the regimen like a military staff sergeant.

Every 28 days, I see progress. It is small. But it is there. The months pass. The smell stops. The centers of the lesions disappear like small mountains collapsing on themselves. They turn from red to pink to white.

I watch with fascination the metamorphosis of my skin. The continents on my body move apart with the seismic change in my mind. The scales no longer build. Then they are gone. I can't believe it.

It has been six months. I am clear. I am in remission. I have no scales. I am normal. I am finally free.

And there is no medication. Only food. "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."

When I walk triumphantly into my dermatologist's office, she is startled. I healed myself with the power of my mind, I announce. She is shocked. She later tells me she believes there is a place for natural healing in medicine.

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ZZain Verjee anchoring a CNN show.

I can't say what will work for others, but I believe that diet, mindset and a wonderful support system were the best long-term answers for me. There is a place for light therapy or steroid cream or biological medication, but back then I healed myself from the inside out.

After my transformation, my family takes me to Mombasa, on the Kenyan coast. I don't dread it for the first time in my life.

I have a new bikini, dark blue with a yellow rim. I have never worn one. It is so soft. It feels feminine. I have never felt like a woman the way I do when I put it on. I see all my curves in a different light. The mirror is not my enemy any longer.

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Zain Verjee's psoriasis went into remission for 10 years. She still battles the condition today. Has a health problem ever defined your life? Share how you dealt with it in the comments section below.

The Boy, the Old Man and the Apple Tree - giving endlessly!

Posted by Matthew Katz on May 17, 2014 9:27:00 PM

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These stories of inspiration are often referred to in Hebrew as "adin" or gentle. They are suitable for almost every age and stage of life. "Each of us is on our own unique and special path but we can also draw wisdom strength and inspiration from each other.".....Jocelyn Mojzes

Jocelyn's stories are healing as they are related to the world of bibliotherapy and bibliodrama to successfully help children express themselves.
Children connect with this beautiful story of the boy emotionally and creatively. It helps them to develop their natural ability to imagine, empathize, understand and build trust in the world around them.
 
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Rheumatoid Arthritis is a serious condition that can be reversed!

Posted by Matthew Katz on Jan 7, 2014 10:49:00 AM

describe the imageMany children suffer from life-endagering and chronic autoimmune conditions like Arthritis, Psoriasis and Asthma. How many parents educate themselves and have the presence of mind to reverse these serious situations before body damage takes place?

Here is such an amazing story about a girl named Hadassah as seen on her bicycle.

"My name is Rina Shoshana and I want to share a great “healing” adventure of life with you!  My husband, Shlomo, and I have been enjoying the search for health in body, mind, and soul for over 22 years…

Our story – A true HEALING from crippling Rheumatoid Arthritis

In the summer of 2000, when our active toddler, Hadassah, was less than two, we noticed that she was getting very “stiff”.  I started looking for possible reasons for this, as she seemed arthritic.  Our pediatrician did blood tests and, sadly, the results indicated rheumatoid arthritis.  He referred us to a specialist  at the Childrens’ Hospital in our hometown of Kansas City.  It took two months to see the rheumatologist, and over the course of those two months her condition and pain continued to progress and worsen.

Finally, we found ourselves sitting with our sweet, little daughter in the doctor’s office at the hospital and hearing the unfortunate diagnosis of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. It happened to be a form of rheumatoid arthritis which effects every joint in the body.  The doctor told us that she would be on medication the rest of her life.  Most of western medicine believes this to be an “incurable” condition.  Many children diagnosed with this condition end up crippled and in wheel chairs.

My husband and I decided, right then and there, that this in no way would be a lifetime condition, and that our daughter could become 100% healthy again.  This was the most important thing we did…was to CHOOSE health…and then move forward with FAITH, determination, and positive expectation!

The doctors advised starting her immediately on very powerful drugs for which we declined.  From our years of interest in health and healing, we had learned that pharmaceutical drugs merely aim to alleviate symptoms.  And what we were interested in was true healing from within…not superficial removal of inflammation and surface aches and pains.

We went to work in earnest, in the most wholistic way possible, to help our daughter begin healing.  We believe that when one opens oneself up and is willing, G-d or Divine Providence will show the way.  I began making specific herbal baths that our daughter would soak in from the neck down…I stood in the shower, holding her, using the power of hydrotherapy with hot and cold showers…I wrapped her joints in castor oil fomentations at night…I made sure I was getting super nutrition with fresh vegetable juice (nature’s super foods) as I continued breastfeeding her.

With sincere and simple FAITH, we also sent out a letter to over 200 friends and family with her picture, explaining her painful situation and asking them to “visualize” her dancing and running and playing in perfect health!  We also asked them to pray for her and to say the healing prayer of Psalm 20 on her behalf.  After 3 months we returned to the Childrens’ Hospital for another check-up and did not receive a positive report.  They advised us to put splints on her arms/wrists to keep her joints from fusing together.  At this point, our daughter could not often stand-up on certain days, bend her wrists, nor move her neck freely from side-to-side. Indeed her every joint was swollen!

Amidst her pain, her incredible spirit somehow shown through with her wish to dance and smile.  We decided, at that point, to help her get over the hump by giving her the medication they were advising…KNOWING that it was a temporary adjunct to her healing process.

Keeping our faith-in-action program, we also decided upon a "Tzedaka" (translated as charity but more about our obligation as people to sincerely help others) project to take on in her merit, raising $10,000 for needed repairs for the ritual “mikveh” purity bath at our Chabad House Synagogue.  As a Jewish woman, I learned from our Sages that a married woman who covers her hair properly will merit many blessings for her children.  Clearly, I was willing to do anything for the sake of our daughter, and thus decided to cover my hair more carefully on her behalf.

This is what we believe “wholistic” healing to be: That we live in a body, we have an intellect, and we are spiritual beings…and that to become truly healthy, we must address ALL of ourselves.

We decided to move to Chicago for the sake of our children’s education and began seeing another rheumatologist.  Within a few months, her new doctor was weaning her off the medication.  Miraculously, our daughter was saying goodbye to "all traces of her illness."

With gratitude to the Creator, our daughter has continued to remain healed.  Her “life-long” sentence of an “incurable” condition was rather a short, albeit challenging,  year and a half of her life.  When she turned 4, we gave her a bike and rollerblades for her birthday!  She continues, at age 14, to be a happy, intelligient, healthy, active, and very flexible teenager who is most grateful that her parents chose to believe that she could be 100% well!

In conclusion, we are blessed with a rich and dynamic spiritual life, which three years ago brought our entire family of six to the ancient Judean hills of Israel.  Just across the magnificent desert from our home lies the Dead Sea, known for many healing mineral water and sun treatments for Psoriasis, Arthritis, Asthma and dozens of other ailments which nutrition can support, even if you cannot travel to Israel at this time. THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE IF YOU BACK IT WITH FAITH-IN-ACTION as we have!

People arrive by the hundreds each month, from all over the world, to experience the healing riches of nature in this unique and special oasis.  I have recently joined the staff of HealthRightUSA and HealthrightISRAEL to be part of the first and ONLY HOLISTIC  DETOX  AND  HEALING  CENTER  AT  THE  DEAD  SEA.  (click here for more information about our special 21-day group programs).

You, too, can make a choice to heal naturally and have abundant health.  It’s the greatest power we have:  the power to choose.  You make the choice, and G-d or Spirit will guide your steps if you are open, willing, and dedicated to a path of wholeness and healing in mind, body, and soul.

Rina Shoshana"

 

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Joel Fuhrman, M.D.'s 8-Steps to Health by Nutritional Excellence!

Posted by Matthew Katz on Dec 9, 2013 6:56:00 PM

WE MUST KEEP REMINDING OURSELVES WHAT WE MAY ALREADY KNOW! THE FIRST STEP IS EDUCATION, NEXT BELIEVE WE CAN DO IT. TOGETHER WE CAN WORK ON OUR CHALLENGES.

To be healthy, you must eat healthfully. However, for most of us, there is an internal conflict – part of us wants to be healthy, but another part seeks pleasure without regard for the consequences. Fear of change and of giving up unhealthy foods that you like, and the temptation of unhealthful food choices can derail your best intentions. To establish a healthy diet, the key is to learn and practice until you instinctually prefer healthy foods. These concepts are explained in more detail in my book Eat for Health, which outlines a gradual process to preferring a health-promoting diet.


1. Understand food addiction

Understanding food addiction is crucial to being able to make dietary changes. You may know that your diet and your health matter, but your brain doesn’t want you to change – your brain will always drive you to avoid discomfort, and because change to a healthier diet creates both emotional anxiety and even physical discomfort (or withdrawal) your decision making may be influenced by your brain’s subconscious desire to avoid this discomfort. Your primitive brain may be looking for excuses and rationalizations to explain why making a significant diet change is too difficult or just not for you. Your brain can be your body’s worst enemy. You have to learn about the addictive nature of processed foods and make a commitment to avoid them for a period of time to break free of this addiction. The only way that works is to let no excuse stand in your way. There is a solution for every potential obstacle.

2. Understand nutrient density

My dietary advice is unique, because I focus on quality, not quantity. The most important nutritional concept is this: Health = Nutrients/Calories. For excellent health and life expectancy, focus on consuming more foods with a high micronutrient to calorie ratio. Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals – they do not contain calories, but they have vital functions in the body. High–nutrient foods come straight from nature – whole plant foods like vegetables, fruit, seeds, and beans should be the basis of a healthy, anti-cancer diet. The nutritional discovery here is that without adequate micronutrients, food cravings, discomfort, and the demand to over-consume calories can be overwhelming and derail any effort to lose weight or eat healthfully.

You choose to Eat To Live because you have made the decision to maintain great health your entire life, to never suffer from a heart attack, diabetes, cancer or dementia. You are not satisfied with merely reducing your risk a little. You have learned that drugs, surgery and medical care are insufficient to protect you against a medical tragedy. You Eat To Live to avoid the need for medicines, to avoid the need for medical intervention, to avoid invasive surgery, and to avoid the medical tragedies that are so prevalent in our society. You decide to Eat To Live because you realize life is valuable and worth living fully, with your full mental faculties and physical abilities maintained into your later years.


3. Change your mind

The brain also wants to avoid being different from others in your social circle. Ask yourself, and honestly answer, “Am I engaged in eating behaviors that are detrimental to my health?” Also ask “Am I afraid to be different?” Unhealthy eating is the norm, but you don’t have to follow the crowd. Be proud of yourself for being different than those practicing slow suicide with food.  Learn as much as you can to understand the benefits of eating right.  Gaining knowledge helps to enable behavioral changes – my readers and patients are successful because they become experts in nutrition as they follow my program. Know that heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer are mainly results of poor diet and lifestyle choices, not the result of aging. Once you truly know the powerful effects – both positive and negative – that food can have on your body, you will feel empowered to eat healthfully and to stick with it.


4. Organize

The ability to make the right decision consistently requires planning. You need time to prepare and organize your life so that you have good-tasting healthy foods around you at all times to lessen temptation. Creating a quick and simple weekly schedule will help you organize and utilize your time more efficiently. Make shopping lists. Cook enough for multiple meals each time, so that you do not have to cook every night. Make sure to leave room for exercise, recreation, and spending time with family. The better you plan your schedule in advance, the easier it will be to adopt your new habits into your life. Also, take advantage of time-saving foods like frozen vegetables and bagged salads.


5. Re-train your taste buds.

Like developing any new skill, it takes practice to begin to enjoy new foods – you may have to try it 10-15 times before you begin to really like it, especially if your taste has been desensitized by the intense sweets and overly salted and processed foods that are the standard in the American diet. As you learn to enjoy the taste of healthy foods, your desire for unhealthy food will continue to lessen. Try new and different produce, for example dishes made with artichokes or exotic mushrooms, and experiment with different herbs, spices, and salt-free seasonings to create dishes that you love to eat. You will find lots of terrific recipes in my book the Eat To Live Cookbook and my earlier book, Eat for Health.



 

6. Embrace your natural sweet tooth

Our natural sweet tooth has a purpose – sweets from fresh fruits and sweet vegetables provide us not just with carbohydrates for energy but also with a large assortment of phytochemicals and other substances that prevent illness. Fruit makes the best dessert – for example, try blending up some frozen berries and bananas with a little hemp milk and vanilla for a delicious and easy berry-banana ice cream.







7. Make the salad the main dish

Leafy greens are the foods with the highest nutrient to calorie ratio – eat at least one large salad a day. My specialty is delicious, but healthful salad dressings that taste so good you will not only enjoy salads, but you will want to lick the bottom of the bowl when you are done.


8. Avoid nutrient deficiencies and eat lots of anti-cancer foods

No one diet can supply the optimal amount of nutrients for everyone, and individuals have different abilities to absorb certain nutrients. However, one of the most important deficiencies to recognize is Vitamin D. Over half of the world’s population is deficient in vitamin D. Making sure no deficiencies are present with a blood test and taking some extra vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids is a wise choice. Also, use lots of onions, mushrooms, and beans in your cooking as they have a powerful association with lower rates of breast and colon cancer.

 

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Dead Sea has receded...now Ein Gedi is the "Best Holistic Center" for Detox

Posted by Matthew Katz on Nov 14, 2013 3:26:00 AM

In 1970 before the Great "Salty" Sea, as it is called in Israel for centuries, started to be syphoned off for irrigation waters by both Israel and Jordan, from its tributary, the Jordan River, here is what the Israeliswho call it "Ya-Ma-Melach" show it really looked like from military satellite photos:

dead2   Current 2014 Dead Sea

The major change from this initial photo on the left to the one on its right is the disappearance of part of the lower sea -- stemming from a significant decline in the amount of water that reaches it, due to irrigation use. The sea level drops by about a meter every year, exposing large areas affected by dangerous sinkholes. The concentration of hotels that has sprung up in the Ein Bokek region has also had an impact on the Dead Sea. Some of the surrounding landscape was affected by digging and quarrying by the Dead Sea Works for both industry and cosmetics. In 1970, the level of the Dead Sea was measured at 395 meters below sea level. By 2013 this level sunk another 32 meters to an astonishing 427 meters below sea level (197 foot drop in water levels).

This major drop-off of water levels below (visible in light blue areas) separates the group of about 17 exclusive hotels/spas near Ein Bokek from the northern Dead Sea. In the upper, less changed Dead Sea section, where Ein Gedi Kibbutz Hotel Spa and it's magestic botanical gardens sit, the remaining true and lowest spot on the planet exists where the quality of these waters and minerals are unchanged by time!

All of the sections in lighter blue with lines going across are waters must continually be piped-up to Ein Bokek to keep the hotels and services open to the public. The natural resources of the Dead Sea are only at the low spot basin near Ein Gedi Kibbutz Spa and a few smaller, much less exotic Kibbutzim have public access beaches.

Consider coming to HealthRightUSA's Psoriasis and Arthritis Holistic Detox Programs beginning in May - October of 2014 by registering here.

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50 Secrets of the World's Longest Living People - by Sally Beare

Posted by Matthew Katz on Nov 13, 2013 11:47:00 PM

childhood obesity

What are we feeding our children?

In this book review about 50 Secrets of the World's Longest Living People, I  outline some of the most common traits of cultures that live long. Sally Beare writes about Okinawa, Japan; Symi, Greece, Campodimele, Italy, Hunza, Pakistan and Bama in China. What each culture has done is to exercise and eat very healthy fresh foods. NO PROCESSED ANYTHING! The key thing she states, is that they avoid the SAD diet, which stands for the "Standard American Diet" which consists primarily of red and white meats, dairy, processed sugars, salt and refined carbohydrates. And, one of the nation's and now worlds greatest "malnutritional" vendors is MacD's above. Go to our page on Diet and Nutrition for a book with more information on what to avoid.

Here are her 50 secrets, but to get the complete story it's a must read and can be found by following this link on Amazon.com - 50 Secrets...by Sally Beare

  1. Eat until you are only eight parts full
  2. Consume five to seven servings of fresh fruit and vegis per day
  3. Choose buckwheat, brown rice, and other whole grains
  4. Eat sprouted wheat bread
  5. Eat meat as a treat
  6. Prepare your meat right? yes a very important point to read!
  7. Choose organic goat's and sheep's cheese
  8. Be full of beans
  9. Have a good egg
  10. Find good fats in fish
  11. Have a handful of nuts and seeds daily
  12. Choose the wonder oil - Extra-Virgin Olive Oil!
  13. Beware of fats in disguise
  14. Use Garlic and Onions - nature's healers
  15. Discover the power of crunch vegis
  16. Keep aging away with a salad a day
  17. Give thanks for sweet potatoes
  18. Enjoy pizza...guilt free (occasionally, in moderation whole wheat best!)
  19. Snack on Apricots

and 31 other great ideas!

vegetables are healthyThis is a fascinating book to read and gives credance to how important it is to focus on fruits, vegis and lower our use of meat, milk and anything not produced organically. Meanwhiile, each of these ancient people are outdoors a lot getting plenty of sunshine, fresh mountain water and air, while they climb up and down hills and mountains doing daily chores.

This requires a complete return to the past...indeed! Our SAD food culture is killing us with diseases that none of these people suffer from.

What can we do? If you'd like to become more educated read below or seek out our nutritional consultant Dr. Jenn.

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