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The Myth of Easy diet plans

Is there such thing as an easy diet plan? 5 things to consider when looking for change.

If you are still among the few who believe there is still a miracle diet pill or a quick and easy diet plan that will change your life overnight then you are wrong. However if you consider your current health status and compare it to your goals for your health, you may be surprised to find out that you can see changes faster than you’d expect. Changing your health really boils down to sifting through the tons of information out there. Simply finding the truth about what will work for you.

While we wade through all of the health content we must also eliminate any excuses, or insecurities that will hold you back from beginning the necessary work. Here are my top 5 things to consider when you are hungry for change because “diets that work fast” just aren’t cutting it:

  • Attitude adjustments: If you are a person who tells yourself you can’t or won’t when it comes to self-improvement you must begin the work here. I highly recommend listening to Dr. Christiane Northrups work. She is highly effective with this type of work.
  • Ditch the belief that it is your genetics and you can’t help it. Just start small but core level shifts such as the ones in previous articles. When you see results, take note of what exactly it was that was effective for you and continue with it.
  • If something worked for a friend or family wait and see if it gave them long term results. Often Quick and easy diet plans or pills will show results initially but won’t give lasting results.
  • Begin to realize that it is simple. It should not be a complex process. Food is medicine and convenience food is not food. Addictions and psychological problems will make this change seem complicated but it’s not. It just takes a bit of guidance and education.
  • Easy diets should mean simple and wholesome foods, not stuff in a box that a company like Jenny Craig tries to promote. When in doubt, Keep it simple and start eating more stuff that grew from the ground or has a mother. And above all… Do not take pills to lose weight. You are better off Finding a reputable Nutritionist who can make a sensible nutrition programme to follow.

Yoga for your Health

Yoga is widely practiced by many people. By people who are healthy, unhealthy, active or inactive. Why do such a wide range of people practice yoga? It must be because of the benefits. So what are the main health benefits of yoga?

That depends on your current health. If you are healthy physically, mentally and emotionally it will help you to maintain that state of being.

If you have physical ailments it will alleviate and nourish your body back to health.

If you are chronically ill or have mental/emotional instability it will give the body strength to give the mind awareness and clarity. Emotional health will begin to follow.

Essentially yoga as known for it’s poses (which is only one of the 8 aspects of yoga) is a tool to move through life more gracefully. Athlete or not, physically and mentally sound or not, Yoga will benefit all of us if we let it.

Use yoga to bring balance to any part of your life. Physical, mental, or emotional.


Athlete Health As a Whole

Aside from being biased due to my profession the topic at hand simply has to do with prevention. Just like a couch potato cannot sit forever eating pizza, nor can an athlete train at high intensities without adequate balance. What will bring balance?

  1. Sufficient Rest
  2. Proper Nutritional Support
  3. Therapeutic outlets such as acupuncture, chiro, massage, yoga / stretching and even sports psychology.

Why are those 3 important?

  1. Not enough rest= no recovery=adrenal fatigue and injury
  2. Crappy Diet= Poor Recovery, decreased performance and possible ill health
  3. Lack of Therapeutic outlets= Guaranteed Injury, physical discomfort and long term pain

It seems like it may be worth making these 3 things a priority. Not only have I experienced this for myself I see it in my practice every day. My athletes who do this as prevention run into far less issues than the ones who wait until they are injured, adrenal fatigued, sore, tight and sick. Start implementing these 3 things into your routine just as you would the rest of your training.

For more info on Athlete health visit www.newpathhealth.ca

Happy training!


Hemp oil – Cure?

The International Medical Veritas Association (IMVA) is putting hemp oil on its cancer protocol. It is a prioritized protocol list whose top five items are magnesium chloride, iodine, selenium, Alpha Lipoic Acid and sodium bicarbonate. It makes perfect sense to drop hemp oil right into the middle of this nutritional crossfire of anti cancer medicines, which are all available without prescription.

Hemp oil has long been recognised as one of the most versatile and beneficial substances known to man. Derived from hemp seeds (a member of the achene family of fruits) it has been regarded as a superfood due to its high essential fatty acid content and the unique ratio of omega3 to omega6 and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) – 2:5:1. Hemp oil, is known to contain up to 5% of pure GLA, a much higher concentration than any other plant, even higher than spirulina. For thousands of years, the hemp plant has been used in elixirs and medicinal teas because of its healing properties and now medical science is zeroing in on the properties of its active substances.

Both the commercial legal type of hemp oil and the illegal THC laden hemp oil are one of the most power-packed protein sources available in the plant kingdom. Its oil can be used in many nutritional and transdermal applications. In other chapters in my Winning the War on Cancer book we will discuss in-depth about GLA and cancer and also the interesting work of Dr. Johanna Budwig. She uses flax seed oil instead of hemp oil to cure cancer – through effecting changes in cell walls – using these omega3 and omega6 laden medicinal oils.

Actually there is another way to use medical marijuana without smoking the leaf. According to Dr. Tod H. Mikuriya, “The usual irritating and toxic breakdown products of burning utilized with smoking are totally avoided with vaporization. Extraction and inhaling cannabinoid essential oils below ignition temperature of both crude and refined cannabis products affords significant mitigation of irritation to the oral cavity, and tracheobronchial tree from pyrollytic breakdown products.[iii]

Rick Simpson, the man in the documentary below, has been making hemp oil and sharing it with friends and neighbors without charging for it. In small doses, he says, it makes you well without getting you high. “Well you can’t deny your own eyes can you?” Simpson asks. “Here’s someone dying of cancer and they’re not dying anymore. I don’t care if the medicine comes from a tomato plant, potato plant or a hemp plant, if the medicine is safe and helps and works, why not use it?” he asks.

When a person has cancer and is dying this question reaches a critical point. The bravery of Rick Simpson from Canada in showing us how to make hemp oil for ourselves offers many people a hope that should be increasingly appreciated as money dries up for expensive cancer treatments. We are going to need inexpensive medicines in the future and there is nothing better than the ones we can make reasonably cheaply ourselves.

For most people in the world it is illegal so the choice could come down to breaking the law or dying. There is no research to indicate what advantages oral use of hemp oil vs. vaporization but we can assume that advantage would be nutritional with oral intake. Dr. Budwig Below work would sustain this point of view especially for cancer patients.

According to Dr. Robert Ramer and Dr. Burkhard Hinz of the University of Rostock in Germany medical marijuana can be an effective treatment for cancer.[v] Their research was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Advance Access on December 25th of 2007 in a paper entitled Inhibition of Cancer Cell Invasion by Cannabinoids via Increased Expression of Tissue Inhibitor of Matrix Metalloproteinases-1.

The biggest contribution of this breakthrough discovery, is that the expression of TIMP-1 was shown to be stimulated by cannabinoid receptor activation and to mediate the anti-invasive effect of cannabinoids. Prior to now the cellular mechanisms underlying this effect were unclear and the relevance of the findings to the behavior of tumor cells in vivo remains to be determined.

Marijuana cuts lung cancer tumor growth in half, a 2007 Harvard Medical School study shows.[vi] The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.

This is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), inhibits EGF-induced growth and migration in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expressing non-small cell lung cancer cell lines. Lung cancers that over-express EGFR are usually highly aggressive and resistant to chemotherapy. THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors.

“The beauty of this study is that we are showing that a substance of abuse, if used prudently, may offer a new road to therapy against lung cancer,” said Anju Preet, Ph.D., a researcher in the Division of Experimental Medicine. Acting through cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, endocannabinoids (as well as THC) are thought to play a role in variety of biological functions, including pain and anxiety control, and inflammation.

Researchers reported in the August 15, 2004 issue of Cancer Research, the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, that marijuana’s constituents inhibited the spread of brain cancer in human tumor biopsies.[vii] In a related development, a research team from the University of South Florida further noted that THC can also selectively inhibit the activation and replication of gamma herpes viruses. The viruses, which can lie dormant for years within white blood cells before becoming active and spreading to other cells, are thought to increase one’s chances of developing cancers such as Kaposi’s Sarcoma, Burkitt’s lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease.[viii]

In 1998, a research team at Madrid’s Complutense University discovered that THC can selectively induce programmed cell death in brain tumor cells without negatively impacting surrounding healthy cells. Then in 2000, they reported in the journal Nature Medicine that injections of synthetic THC eradicated malignant gliomas (brain tumors) in one-third of treated rats, and prolonged life in another third by six weeks.[ix]

Led by Dr. Manuel Guzman the Spanish team announced they had destroyed incurable brain cancer tumors in rats by injecting them with THC. They reported in the March 2002 issue of “Nature Medicine” that they injected the brains of 45 rats with cancer cells, producing tumors whose presence they confirmed through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). On the 12th day they injected 15 of the rats with THC and 15 with Win-55,212-2 a synthetic compound similar to THC.[x]

Researchers at the University of Milan in Naples, Italy, reported in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics that non-psychoactive compounds in marijuana inhibited the growth of glioma cells in a dose-dependent manner, and selectively targeted and killed malignant cells through apoptosis. “Non-psychoactive CBD produce[s] a significant anti-tumor activity both in vitro and in vivo, thus suggesting a possible application of CBD as an antineoplastic agent.”[xi]

The first experiment documenting pot’s anti-tumor effects took place in 1974 at the Medical College of Virginia at the behest of the U.S. government. The results of that study, reported in an Aug. 18, 1974, Washington Post newspaper feature, were that marijuana’s psychoactive component, THC, “slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and a virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36 percent.”[xii]

Funded by the National Institute of Health to find evidence that marijuana damages the immune system, found instead that THC slowed the growth of three kinds of cancer in mice — lung and breast cancer, and a virus-induced leukemia. The DEA quickly shut down the Virginia study and all further cannabis/tumor research even though the researchers “found that THC slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and a virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36 percent.”

“Antineoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids,” an article in a 1975 Journal of the National Cancer Institute reports, “Lewis lung adenocarcinoma growth was retarded by the oral administration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinol (CBN)” — two types of cannabinoids, a family of active components in marijuana. “Mice treated for 20 consecutive days with THC and CBN had reduced primary tumor size.”

Marijuana relieves pain that narcotics like morphine and OxyContin
have hardly any effect on, and could help ease suffering from
illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes and cancer.[xiii]

According to Devra Davis in her book Secret History of the War on Cancer, 1.5 million lives have been lost because Americans failed to act on existing knowledge about the environmental causes of cancer. It is impossible to calculate the added deaths from suppressed ‘cancer cures’ but we do know of the terrible suffering of hundreds of thousands of people who have been jailed for marijuana use.

Hemp oil with THC included has the making of a primary cancer treatment, which even alone seems to have a great chance of turning the tide against cancer tumors. It has the added advantage of safety, ease of use, lack of side effects and low cost if one makes it oneself. Surrounded by other medicinal anti-cancer substances in a full protocol it’s hard to imagine anyone failing and falling in their war on cancer.

THC should be included in every cancer protocol.

Sodium bicarbonate is another excellent anti tumor substance that reduces tumors but is much more difficult to administer than THC hemp oil. Cannabinoids are able to pass through all barriers in the body like Alpha Lipoic Acid so simple oral intake is sufficient. With bicarbonate we need intravenous applications and often even this is not sufficient, often we have to use catheters and few doctors in the world are willing to administer this way.

In the end all cancer treatments that are not promoted by mainstream oncology are illegal. No licensed doctor is going to claim that are curing cancer with sodium bicarbonate though they will treat people with cancer explaining they are balancing pH or some other metabolic profile with this common emergency room medicine found also most kitchens of the world. More than several states have passed laws making medical marijuana legal but the federal government will not relax and let people be free to choose their treatments even if their lives depend on it.

Davis notes that the cowardice of research scientists, who publish thoroughly referenced reports but pull their punches at the end, by claiming that more research needs to be done before action can be taken. Statements like these are exploited by industry that buys time to make much more money. It is a deliberate attempt that creates wholesale public doubt from small data gaps and remaining scientific uncertainties.

They have done that with everything right up to and including sunlight. Everything is thought to be dangerous except the pharmaceutical drugs which are the most dangerous substances of all. Stomach wrenching chemotherapy and the death principle of radiation are legal yet safe THC laden hemp oil is not.

It is legal for doctors to attack people with their poisons but you can go to jail for trying to save yourself or a loved one from cancer with the oil of a simple garden weed. Our civilization has put up with this insanity but there is a great price being paid. In a mad medical world people die that need not and this is a terrible sadness that has destroyed the integrity and ethics of modern medicine.

The science for the use of hemp oil is credible, specific fact-based, and is documented in detail.[xiv] There is absolutely no reason to not legalize medical marijuana and create an immediate production and distribution of THC hemp oil to cancer patients. Unfortunately we live in a world populated with governments and medical henchmen who would rather see people die cruel deaths then have access to a safe and effect cancer drug.

Meanwhile the Food and Drug Administration approved Genentech’s best-selling drug, Avastin, as a treatment for breast cancer, in a decision, according to the New York Times, “that appeared to lower the threshold somewhat for approval of certain cancer drugs. The big question was whether it was enough for a drug temporarily to stop cancer from worsening — as Avastin had done in a clinical trial — or was it necessary for a drug to enable patients to live longer, which Avastin had failed to do. Oncologists and patient advocates were divided, in part because of the drug’s sometimes severe side effects.”[xv]

The differences between Avastin and hemp oil are huge. First Avastin will earn Genentech hundreds of millions where THC hemp oil will earn no one anything. Second there are no severe or even mild side effects to taking hemp oil and lastly it is not a temporary answer but a real solution. Certainly hemp oil will ensure a longer life.

Original article posted here: http://worldtruth.tv/spain-study-confirms-hemp-oil-cures-cancer-without-side-effects/


KICK A COLD TO KEEP TRAINING

Well it’s that time of year. Everyone around you is getting sick and it may only be a matter of time before your next. Want to avoid taking a week off of training? Or if you feel something coming on, know how to kick it before it’s full blown.

Here are my best weapons to prevent/fight off a cold.

Prevention

Before you feel sick:

Get extra rest! Sleep is huge for letting the body recover and getting those awesome immune boosting hormones working in over time. Human Growth Hormone is released as we sleep and it really boosts your immunity.

Dose up on D! This time of year we are big time vitamin D deficient. The sun is much further away from the earth and we just can’t get enough of those healthy charged rays. Vitamin D is one of the most inexpensive supplements to purchase and it works! Not a fan of taking supplements? Eat more of these foods to get your D in: Sardines, salmon, mushrooms, eggs, tuna, and cod liver oil.

Drink Extra water! Fluids help flush out the body. If there are any toxins that hinder immunity or any potential viruses floating around help the body stay hydrated to get your system moving out bad and bring in good. Tip: If you find it hard to increase your water intake try having an extra glass immediately after you wake up. Drink it down to flush out your system and then proceed to sip on room temperature – warm water throughout the day.

Eat well! Don’t eat junky convenience foods especially around this time of year. They don’t do anything beneficial. They just make the body work harder. Instead opt out for good quality proteins (meat and eggs) and lightly steamed veggies. Don’t over eat. However, not eating enough is often worse. Your hormones go out of whack with a lack of calories and it can mess up not only your metabolism but your immunity as well!

Neti Pot! If you have never heard of the neti pot, Hear me now! It is a small teapot looking thing that you mix warm water in with saline solution and pour it into one nostril with your head tilted to the side. The solution will move into your sinuses and drip out the other nostril. Doesn’t sound fun? It’s not! But it’s better than being sick for a week. Why does it work? No virus can live in this type of solution and if you use it every 48 hours during cold and flu season you may not get sick at all. It takes the cold virus about 48 hours to incubate and start to wreak havoc on the body. Stop it dead in it’s track with the neti pot.

Fight it!

Feeling a bit under the weather? At the very least these tips may help lessen the duration and/or severity of your symptoms.

All of the above tips apply. Here is what to do additionally and some small changes:

Eat Light! Eat well but eat simple foods that are not hard to digest and avoid large portions. Proteins and fats are denser so keep them to a minimum. As well complex carbs like past, rice, and bread are not so stellar options either. Some Fruits and homemade soups are best.

Drink plenty of warm fluids! Not coffee as it is acidic in the body. Opt out for herbal teas and warm water.

Extra Vitamin C! Many cold viruses are interrupted when Vitamin C is ample. The virus will try to bind to receptors on your cells to infiltrate but Vitamin C fills the space where the virus prefers to bind giving it less of a chance to infect. Not to mention Vitamin C is an antioxidant. It reverses and prevents damage in the body.

Decide what kind of cold you are getting! Before you pounce on over the counter drugs, herbs and cold remedies like cold Fx figure out what you are dealing with first. Not to say these won’t help but each is more suited to a certain type of cold. Chinese medicine theories may give you a better handle on this:

Wind cold: Back of the head headache, drippy clear nasal mucous, achy, chills. You want to warm up this kind of cold. Take a warm bath, keep the body warm, eat and drink warming things. Ie: ginger, cinnamon, ginseng (main ingredient in cold fx), and savoury chicken soups. And above all, Sleep a lot!

Wind Heat: frontal or temple headache, sore throat, yellow or green mucous in nose/throat chills and fever. If it is the initial stages of these symptoms you have a good chance at catching it. You will want to try to vent this one. Hot bath until you are sweating and for as long as you can stand it. Immediately get into blankets to keep hot and sweating. Try to sleep a lot. Then eat simple somewhat low calories. A good Chinese herbal formula that I always use is called yin qiao san Pronounced: (Yin Chee-owe San) You can find it in most Asian super markets Like TNT. This formula is said to clear heat. It works wonders for me.

Either way wind cold can turn to wind heat very quickly so catching these early can prove to either minimize just how sick you are, how long it lasts, and if you even get the full blown cold at all.

Hope this helps!

Good luck, and happy training :-)


Calming you down when you get fired up.

What is the very best way to alleviate your stress? It’s simpler than you think.
And if you guessed Breathing…. Drum Rollll! You are right!

Although, if it’s so simple..
Why is it still so hard?

Many of us are not aware of how to breathe right in the first place
never mind breathing calmly when stress arises.

I always teach my clients not to begin focusing on taking in long deep breathes as this can feel like hyperventilation if we don’t have control.Rather to take slightly longer exhales. Breathing more out initially will help us to have slightly longer inhales without the effort.

Try this technique first and then as it becomes easier you can start lengthening your inhale. Practicing this in non-stressful times is best. You would practice any new skill before attempting it in a crucial moment.

I wouldn’t go up to bat in the world series without having had a lot of practice first. You can’t expect great results without practice :)

So as you read this Article, check in with your breath and see if you are breathing too shallow. Try the longer exhale for a few breaths and see how you feel.

Try to do this periodically throughout the day. Eventually it will be habitual. When stress starts always come back to the breath. Ahhhh. Feels good to be calm.

 


My top 5 foods that lower your cholesterol

If your cholesterol is either high or on the high end of normal, you may want to read this article. Whether you are on medication for your condition or not you can help yourself by including these awesome foods into your diet that help lower cholesterol. (Speak to your physician before making major changes to your diet and do not discontinue medication with-out speaking with your doctor.)

Here are my top 5 common cholesterol lowering foods and why.

All of these foods have many health benefits. Let’s look at the influence they have on cholesterol. As well as some other great health benefits thy may contain.

Apples

Apples are great to keep cholesterol lower is because:

  1. they are packed full of pectin A soluble fiber that helps draw cholesterol out of the system. And
  2. they contain Flavonoids. (Quercetin) is a powerful anti-oxidant that seems to short-circuit the process that leads “bad” LDL cholesterol that accumulates in the bloodstream.
  •  Reduces blood cholesterol
  • Controls weight gain
  • Improves bowel function
  • Helps prevent urinary tract infections
  • Strengthens lung function
  • Strengthens bones
  • Helps prevent periodontal or gum disease
  • Reduces risk of cancer, prostate cancer, Type II Diabetes, and asthma

TIP: To keep crisp, wrap fruit in a plastic bag and store them in the refrigerator. Apples kept at room temperature soften 10 times faster than refrigerated fruit.

Other benefits include:

  • Low Glycemic Index – is useful for dieters since it helps keep hunger pains at bay longer than many other fruits.
  • Boron – has been shown to strengthen bones and is a good defense against osteoporosis.
  • Tannins – may help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and urinary tract infections.

Blueberries

Help prevent heart disease and stroke by reducing the build up of LDL “bad” cholesterol.

They also:

  • Decreases your risk of cancer
  • Improves nighttime visual acuity
  • Helps prevent macular degeneration
  • Improves memory by protecting against oxidative stress
  • Promotes healthier elimination (relieves both diarrhea and constipation)
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Helps relieve arthritis inflammation
  • Promotes urinary tract health

Oats

This food offers the following health benefits:

  • Lowers total cholesterol levels by 25% or more within a very short time period (one to three months) when eaten regularly.
  • Reduces bad LDL and raises good HDL cholesterol.
  • Lowers triglycerides.
  • Controls weight gain by providing a feeling of fullness.
  • Combats constipation by providing needed dietary fiber.
  • Reduces blood glucose and insulin responses.
  • Enhances athletic performance when ingested 45-60 minutes before prolonged endurance exercise of moderate intensity.
  • Reduces the risks of some cancers.
  • Enhances immune response to infection.

Garlic

  • Lowers total cholesterol
  • Lowers LDL “bad” cholesterol
  • Lowers triglycerides
  • Raises HLD “good” cholesterol
  • Inhibits clot formation by increasing fibrinolytic activity
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Discourages platelets from becoming sticky

CAUTION: Garlic is NOT recommended for people who take anticoagulants, as it has blood-thinning actions.

Garlic also provides other health benefits such as:

  • Being a broad-spectrum anti-bacterial agent.
  • Enhances immune function by detoxifying the body.
  • Helps stabilize blood sugar levels.

Brown Rice

  • Helps lower cholesterol – The oil in whole brown rice, not its fiber, lowers cholesterol.
  • Helps prevent atherosclerosis – the fiber in rice has been shown to help prevent atherosclerosis.
  • Helps to maintain a normal body weight – A study published in November 2003 of the America Journal of Clinic Nutrition cites the importance of having a diet rich in whole grains vs. refined grains as a means to help maintain a normal body weight.
  • Reduces risk of metabolic syndrome – The latest research shows that refined grains and the foods made from them (e.g., white breads, cookies, pastries, pasta and rice) are now being linked not only to weight gain but to increased risk of insulin resistance (the precursor of type 2 diabetes) and the metabolic syndrome (a strong predictor of both type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease), while eating more whole grain foods is being shown to protect against all these ills.

Common features of the metabolic syndrome include visceral obesity (the “apple shaped” body), low levels of protective HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, and high blood pressure.

TIP: Be sure to check packaged brown rice “use by” date, since it has a potential to become rancid if kept too long due to its natural oils.

Brown rice will keep fresh for about 6 months, if it is stored in an airtight container and kept in the refrigerator.

  • Helps prevent colon cancer – The selenium, a trace mineral found in brown rice, substantially reduces the risk of colon cancer. Brown rice is a good source fiber. Fiber has been shown to speed the transit time of fecal matter within the colon, this minimizes the time cancer-causing substances spend in contact with colon cells.
  • Helps prevent gallstones – Eating foods high in insoluble fiber, such as brown rice, can help women avoid gallstones, shows a study published in the July 2004 issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
  • Helps increase energy levels – Manganese helps produce energy from protein and carbohydrates and is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids, which are important for a healthy nervous system, and in the production of cholesterol, which is used by the body to produce sex hormones.

Manganese is also a critical component of a very important antioxidant enzyme called superoxide dismutase. Antioxidants provide protection against damage from the free radicals.