PureNews – January 2024
Hello and Happy New Year! I hope the end of 2023 was good to you and that your start to 2024 has been good. The road to my husband’s recovery was a lot for our family and as 2023 ended we began to regain some stability and establish a new normal. This was good and as 2024 has come I am feeling a good bit of stability and am ready to return to work. Thank you all for your patience as I had a very unexpected 7 week leave from my practice. My new office director Sandy has been amazing, our office is set and ready for me to return full time on January 9th.
I am happy to report that my husband Greg is doing very well after he collapsed on November 27th. He was officially diagnosed with nodular adrenal hyperplasia that caused Cushing syndrome that caused severe hypertension that caused damaged to the vessels in the brain leading to bleeding in the brain…wow that is a mouth full! He is expected to fully recover and if he does as he was instructed he will likely be better than he has been in his entire adult life. The capacity for the body to heal is miraculous! He was given a 5 pronged approach to his healing: 1. The correctly prescribed homeopathic medicine. 2. A very strict low salt plant based diet. 3. Binocular Transcerebral Iontophoresis. 4. Modified Nasal Specific. 5. Blood pressure medicines to stabilize the blood pressure.
Greg has an amazing homeopath who has prescribed for him in this entire process. As always with homeopathy you take the totality of the symptoms and prescribe the homeopathic medicine that best matches the symptoms. When this is done healing is remarkable and in Greg’s case this is exactly what has happened.
There is much to write about a plant based diet and low sodium, I will write about this monthly. Today I want to focus on salt. Did you know that added salt to food is actually more dangerous than added sugar to food? What do you mean by that? 900,000 people a year die from either cardiovascular disease or strokes in the United States and 122 million Americans have high blood pressure. This is more than any other disease in our country. Too much salt in our diet may be the leading factor in all of this. Too much sugar in the diet is not the direct cause to these diseases. So how much salt exactly are we to have? No more than 1500mg per day…1/2 tsp per day…that tells us all nothing really as we can’t visualize that. I will say the average American consumes 3500mg of salt a day and that is if someone is not eating a lot of processed foods. There is an easier way to look at our salt content. If we eat any food that has a nutrition facts label on it we can quickly assess if a food has too much salt or not. You can look at the total mg of salt on the label, it should be less than the total number of calories on the label. I will use hummus as an example:
- Sabra Classic Hummus has 70 calories per serving and 130mg of sodium per serving
- Simple Truth Organic Hummus has 90 calories and 120 mg of sodium
- Hope Organic Hummus has 60 calories and 125mg of sodium
You get the idea, we finally found a hummus that was close…but I can’t remember the name so I will write next time.
This is a trap ALL of us fall into. As 2024 goes on my challenge to all of you is to follow this rule, I want the best of health for all of you. Pay attention at home and pay attention when eating out.
Bioccular Transcerebral Iontophoresis is an amazing technique where you use electrodes soaked in calcium chloride placed over the eyes with a grounding pad at the base of the head. This treatment is spectacular for anyone with any kind of brain injury, migraine headaches, scar tissue or seizures. It is a technique I was trained in by Andre Saine and it has been amazing for Greg. It is something that any of you can do in the office, I will write more on it another time.
Modified Nasal Specific is a technique that adjusts the ethmoid bone, the bone in the middle of your skull. The brief concept here is when you adjust this bone it adjusts all the other bones in the skull opening up the circulation to the brain. It too is something I will write more about another time.
The conventional medicine can have a purpose and I am not opposed to them when they are needed.
As mentioned in the last newsletter, I did journal extensively on Greg’s journey if you want to read about it you are welcome to on his caring bridge web page: www.caringbridge.org/visit/gregamerine.
I wish you all a happy new year and reach out to our office with any needs.
Aconite has three main indications: .
- A violent illness with a sudden onset.
- Ailments from cold air and cold wind.
- Ailments from fright or shock.
A person who needs aconite will always have sudden and usually intense symptoms. Sometimes there can be great fear and anxiety accompanying their state. If someone is exposed to a great fright or shock Aconite is the first remedy to think of. This can be witnessing an accident or hearing terrible news. I once was told of the sudden and unexpected passing of the father of one of my best friends. The state of shock, not grief (at first) that I went into was perhaps one of the most violent and intense situations I have ever experienced. It was Aconite that helped pull me out of this state.
Aconite can also be indicated in an acute cold, ear infection, croup, sore throat where the symptoms come on very suddenly and are very intense. In this state the person will have a red and flushed face however as soon as they rise out of bed they will become pale.
The last state is an ailment from being exposed to cold or windy air. Often if one is exposed to a cold wind, for many that is when people have a cold or flu triggered. You can use aconite as a prevention if you are at a soccer game for example and the air is cold and windy and you become very chilled. It very well can prevent a cold from starting.
January Blog Feature
New Year’s Resolutions: Healthier You at Every Weight
With the closing of one year, another one brings dawning opportunities for new experiences and growth. Part of bringing in the New Year generally includes some sort of health-supporting change from exercise to dieting, and everything in between. Nowadays, there is a strong argument that dieting isn’t the answer; it’s possible to be healthy at every size. Health at Every Size is a movement that has been gaining in popularity over the last several years. But the question remains: is it possible to be healthy at every size? Let’s dive in and find out.
What is Health at Every Size?
Health at Every Size (HAES) was a movement with a history dating back decades. The roots of weight being more of a concern may have stemmed from clothing manufacture. As textiles were produced in ready-to-wear sizes only, this didn’t work well for every body type. Previously, clothing was handmade and tailored to fit the person it was made for.
HAES coalesced into a movement in the early 1960s. During this decade, Weight Watchers was founded and gastric bypass was invented. Yet, there were a few people who stood up to the bias overweight people were subjected to. This paved the way for the formalized HAES in 2003. It stands on the core idea that people can be healthy and unhealthy at any weight and size.
Principles of Health at Every Size
HAES is based on the five principles listed below.
- Accept and respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes and reject the idealizing or pathologizing of specific weights.
- Support health policies that improve and equalize access to information and services, and personal practices that improve human well-being, including attention to individual physical, economic, social, spiritual, emotional, and other needs.
Eating for Well-Being
- Promote flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than any externally regulated eating plan focused on weight control.
- Acknowledge our biases, and work to end weight discrimination, weight stigma, and weight bias. Provide information and services from an understanding that socio-economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and other identities impact weight stigma, and support environments that address these inequities.
- Support physical activities that allow people of all sizes, abilities, and interests to engage in enjoyable movement, to the degree they choose. You can read more on the HAES website here: https://asdah.org/health-at-every-size-haes-approach/
Advantages vs. Disadvantages
The core of HAES is about respecting people no matter what their weight is. It is not uncommon for women especially to have difficulties with their doctors listening to their concerns. Physicians can be so caught up with the number on the scale, they don’t see the person for who they are. It makes it hard to hear her concerns and make appropriate recommendations for her health in such a situation. Someone who is obese but eats wholesome, healthy food and moves their body is different from someone who is overweight and sits all day, eating processed foods out of boxes.
HAES is in direct contrast to the idea of dieting. The average person knows that weight loss is extremely difficult nowadays. Due to manufacturing and farming processes, modern diets are full of ultra-processed foods with more empty calories and fewer nutrients. Additionally, people tend to eat less whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, and consciously raised meats. Between this and a fast-paced world that doesn’t allow much time for cooking, modern diets are in trouble. Sadly, most people are so busy they don’t even make time to move during the day, much less get any sort of exercise.
Rather than focusing on health as a number on a scale, HAES seeks to make healthier lifestyle choices such as exercising and eating for health. The traditional approach to maintaining health has been to use exercise, calorie restrictions, and dietary changes to lose weight, making the assumption only thin people are healthy. Research from several dieting studies found two years after losing weight, 50% was regained. After five more years, more than 80% of lost weight had been regained.
What Does It All Mean
Arguments are made on both sides about whether you can be healthy at every size. The Center for Disease Control states overweight and obese adults are at increased risk of heart disease, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, body pain, mental disorders, etc. Yet, on the flip side, if someone is miserable because they are calorie counting and forcing themselves to do workouts they hate, that’s not helpful either.
The most important thing to remember is to live your life as healthy and happily as possible. No matter what size your body is, it’s important to add in exercise, eat a whole-foods based diet, drink clean water, and breathe unpolluted air. These healthy habits are difficult for anyone of any weight to add in. Remember, life is a journey; don’t forget small changes lead to larger life changes given enough time.
No matter what your thoughts are on this controversial subject, be gentle with yourself. As always, before making any major lifestyle change, you should have a conversation with your doctor. If you and your doctor don’t see eye-to-eye, especially around weight, there are fat-friendly doctors all over the country. The Obesity Medicine Association (https://obesitymedicine.org/about/find-a-provider/) has a list of fat-friendly doctors, and HAES (s://asdah.org/) has a list of fat-friendly dieticians and therapists who might be helpful for you.
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