Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Key Ingredient in The Mediterranean Diet

You may have heard of the Mediterranean Diet, which is a way to live longer and stay healthier. It includes eating vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, potatoes, whole grains, breads, herbs, spices, fish, seafood, moderate amounts of poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt (almost no meat) and extra virgin olive oil. The people in Italy who eat this diet have a very low incidence of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and cognitive decline, plus they live longer. Many are over 100 years old. Their arteries are as supple as those of people 10 years younger than them

It’s now turning out that there’s one ingredient that’s key for the cognitive part and that’s extra virgin olive oil. The researchers have found that this type of olive oil can actually flush out tau proteins that interfere with the communication channels between cells. They are thinking that using extra virgin olive oil might even reverse Alzheimer’s and other dementias and are recommending you take 2 tablespoons per day. 

It also turns out not all extra virgin olive oil is the same. The researchers recommend making sure the bottle says extra virgin, it’s in a dark bottle and it hasn’t hit its expiration date. Finally, they suggest you want to purchase olive oil from California as they have introduced standardized testing to make sure you’re getting real extra virgin olive oil. So…bottom’s up!
(Reported AARP BULLETIN/ Real Possibilities April 2020)

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Some More Good News & There Are Bottom Line Benefits to Doing Yoga

                                 Some More Good News 
Here’s another segment of John Krasinski’s Some Good News. A word of caution…have some tissues handy because you’ll be having tears of joy happening – I did!

When you think of doing yoga, most people will think of just the physical positions or postures. Yoga also encompasses breathing exercises and meditation. It’s the impact of doing all three combined that is scientifically proving that yoga provides you with great benefits.

I personally have been doing yoga, breathing and meditation for almost 50 years, so I’ve seen and experienced the benefits of having greater flexibility, strength and stamina.

Besides these kinds of benefits, the researchers have confirmed many others using imaging technology. They’ve found yoga improves a person’s attention span and their mental processing speed. It also lowers the person’s stress level, reduces body image dissatisfaction and anxiety.

In examining the brains of yoga practitioners with the imaging technology, the researchers also found that the yoga practitioners brains have thicker cortexes, greater gray matter volume and increased density in several regions of the brain, including the frontal, limbic, temporal, occipital and cerebellar regions of the brain. Finally, doing yoga stops the normal decline in total grey matter volume that occurs with age.

(Reported, 1/28/2020) 

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Now For Some Good News & COVID-19 May Be Going to The Dogs

There’s Some Good News Out There
John Krasinski, a star on The Office, has created a YouTube show called Some Good News (SGN). I happened to catch the 3rd episode. John does a great job of highlighting fun positive stuff. I proudly admit that I got tears during several of the segments. I would highly recommend that you watch the entire program, including when he stands up at the end of the show.

Here’s the ink

COVID-19 May Be Going to The Dogs
There’s an organization that trains dogs called Medical Detection Dogs. They have successfully trained dogs to detect the scent of diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's and bacterial infections. The dogs can also be trained to pick up subtle changes in skin temperature, which means they might also be used to locate people with fevers.

Claire Guest, founder and chief executive of Medical Detection Dogs, in an interview with CTV News said, "In principle, we're sure that dogs could detect COVID-19. We are now looking into how we can safely catch the odor of the virus from patients and present it to the dogs.

The aim is that dogs will be able to screen anyone, including those who are asymptomatic, and tell us whether they need to be tested. This would be fast, effective and noninvasive and make sure the limited NHS (National Health Service) testing resources are only used where they are really needed."

The head of disease control at the LSHTM believes that since trained dogs can detect malaria with "extremely high accuracy," and since other respiratory diseases have their own odor signatures, there's a "very high chance" scent detection dogs can be trained to pick up COVID-19.

According to Steve Lindsay of Durham University, the dogs may be used at airports in the future to identify travelers infected with the novel coronavirus, potentially helping to prevent the re-emergence of the disease.

I can envision them being used to quickly track down the people who are not showing symptoms but need to be quarantined to stop the spread of COVID-19. So…dogs may get another title besides Man’s Best Friend to Men and Women’s Life Saving Friend!
(Reported April 24, 2020 by Dr. Karen Becker, 

Saturday, April 18, 2020

It’s Time for Some Humor at the Expense of the Coronavirus

A friend emailed me this fun stuff that I thought I’d share with you. I think we can all use a laugh or two!

Hope you enjoy it.

It’s called CABIN FEVER!

Tomorrow is the National Home School Tornado Drill.  Lock your kids in the basement until you give the all clear.  You’re welcome!

I was so bored I called Jake from State Farm just to talk to someone.  He asked me what I was wearing.

2019: Stay away from negative people. 2020: Stay away from positive people.

The world has turned upside down.  Old folks are sneaking out of the house, and their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors!

You think it’s bad now?  In 20 years, our country will be run by people home schooled by day drinkers…

This virus has done what no woman had been able to do…cancel all sports, shut down all bars, and keep men at home!!! And the women are now saying, Oops.

Do not call the police on suspicious people in your neighborhood!  Those are your neighbors without makeup and hair extensions!

Since we can’t eat out, now’s the perfect time to eat better, get fit, and stay healthy.  We’re quarantined!  Who are we trying to impress?  We have snacks, we have sweatpants – I say we use them!

Day 7 at home and the dog is looking at me like, “See? This is why I chew the furniture!”

Does anyone know if we can take showers yet or should we just keep washing our hands???

I never thought the comment “I wouldn’t touch him/her with a 6-foot pole” would become a national policy, but here we are! I can’t wait to get back to the 12 inches rule from Catholic School!

Me: Alexa what’s the weather this weekend?
Alexa: It doesn’t matter – you’re not going anywhere.

Can everyone please just follow the government instructions so we can knock out this coronavirus and be done?  I feel like a kindergartner who keeps losing more recess time because one or two kids can’t follow directions. 

I swear my fridge just said, “what the hell do you want now?”

When this is over…what meeting do I attend first…Weight Watchers or AA?

Quarantine has turned us into dogs. We roam the house all day looking for food. We are told “no” if we get too close to strangers.  And we get really excited about car rides.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Vitamin C & D for COVID-19 & Special Webinar I’ve Created

                               First Vitamin C

On February 28, I wrote in my blog about Vitamin C being used to combat sepsis with great results.
The vitamin reduced sepsis mortality from 40% to 8.5% in people who had the flu.

Well, Northwell Health, which is largest hospital system in New York State, is now using Vitamin C intravenously on seriously sick COVID-19 patients. They are immediately giving the patient 1,500 milligrams of Vitamin C intravenously. They then continue giving it 3 to 4 times a day.

In a high dose Vitamin C becomes a potent oxidizing agent which is killing the coronavirus.

They’ve found that patients who had this protocol did significantly better than those who did not receive it. As Dr. Andrew G. Weber said, “It helps tremendously.” The C is used in combination with other drugs.

                     Next Vitamin D

With Vitamin D, the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service reported that a South Korean doctor gave patient’s injections of 100,00 IUs of Vitamin D and 24,000 mg of Vitamin C intravenously. He found that his patients were getting well in days!

In MedPageToday, Dr. John C. Umhau, Public Health Specialist at National Institutes of Health, recommends people take 5,000 IUs per day of Vitamin D.

Since your level of D can vary greatly, I’d recommend getting a blood test, if and when you can, so you can see where you’re at and then again in a month to track the level you’ve reached. You want to aim for a minimum of 50 ng/ml. Since getting a blood test will be difficult today, I would also recommend at least 5,000 IUs per day.

So…if you get or know someone with COVID-19, please let them know about this important information!

    Webinar - Managing Your Stress in These Difficult Times

I’ve created a webinar because of what’s going on called Managing Your Stress in These Difficult Times.

I just did it today for the Wyoming State Bar and the feedback was very positive. I’m tentatively going to do it in 2 weeks for the Florida Dental Association. I

f you know a company or association that would be interested in my speaking to their people, please contact me with their info.

Here’s the write up and description of the Virtual Seminar Presentation for the group:

You may not be aware that I’m a pioneer in the field of stress management. I wrote one of the first books in this field called How to Relax & Enjoy…  My most recent book in the area is Managing Your Stress in Difficult Times: Succeeding in Times of Change. It is available as a print book and as an e-book.

The aim of the VSP is to give the viewers an actual participatory experience in how to immediately reduce the level of stress in their lives caused by the current situation with the coronavirus. In addition to the members of your association, you might want to offer your members the ability to extend the invitation to attend to their company’s employees, customers and families.

Here is the description of the VSP that would be emailed to your members:

                   Managing Your Stress in These Difficult Times

The coronavirus could be in front of you, behind you, to the right or left, too. This uncertainty is causing all of us a lot of stress! So, is there anything we can do about this stress?  We decided to look for an expert and found a pioneer in the field of stress management, Dr. Jerry V. Teplitz. He’s been teaching and writing about how to handle stress since 1974. He’s been publishing a month blog called Healthy Alternatives for 18 years and is now doing a weekly email.

He wrote How to Relax and Enjoy…, which was one of the first books in the field before stress management was even considered a field!  His latest iteration of this book is Managing Your Stress in Difficult Times: Succeeding in Times of Change. In August, Dr. Teplitz will be inducted as a Legend of the Speaking Profession by the Veteran Speakers Network. 

We decided that Jerry was the right person to show you how to manage your stress in these difficult times, so we have scheduled him to present an online Virtual Speaking Presentation on XXXX at XXXX EDT. He will show you and then have you experience actual techniques that you can use immediately to reduce your level of stress. The pandemic will end, but your level of stress may not, and the long-term health consequences to you may increase. The chaos might continue, but you will now have tools to keep yourself centered – with less stress.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Strengthening Your Immune System

I ran across an article in Organic Consumers Association that I thought I’d share with you. It’s by Pat Thomas. Pat is editor at Natural Health News in the UK and author of “Complete Wellness and What Works, What Doesn’t – The Guide to Alternative Healthcare.”

What  Pat did was to give a great update on the latest COVID-19 conventional treatment news and alternative health options. It’s a good source for an overview picture of how you can help keep yourself health during this crisis.
Here’s the link: campaign=OB+657&utm_ content=OB+657

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Some Fun Today

I thought I’d share a couple of fun videos that I ran across to lighten the mood this week

Here are the links:

The first one is called: How To Pass The Salt While Maintaining Proper Social Distance

This one is called Till Death Do Us Part, and yes, it is funny.

Hope you enjoyed them.