FooD ALLERGY signs and symptoms

FOOD ALLERGY    symptoms  ranked from mild to severe.

MILD ALLERGY means  the symptoms you experience tend to be uncomfortable but not severe, such as:

  • wheezing
  • mucus:  throat clearing or runny nose
  • red, itchy or watery eyes
  • tingling (anywhere but usually in or around the mouth, chin, cheeks)
  • red or warm flush (anywhere but usually the face or chest)
  • physical fatigue (extending to exhaustion)
  • recurring itch
  • mental fatigue (brain fog)

MODERATE means   more persistent, more frequent, lasts longer or more intense of any above plus these:

  • hives (itchy, red elevated welts or flat red splotches)
  • constipation and/or diarrhea  (loose stool)
  • skin rash or red patches (eczema)
  • light-headed-ness, dizzy, spaced out
  • mild breathing difficulties
  • swelling of the lips or face
  • headache
  • forehead or behind the eyes pain
  • nausea, upset stomach
  • feel like or actual vomiting

SEVERE means   a reaction known as anaphylaxis. If someone develops any of these conditions, do not hesitate to seek immediate or emergency medical treatment:

  • swelling or closing of the throat
  • shortness or intense breathing troubles
  • chest tightness,
  • rapid or abnormal pulse
  • drop or elevation of blood pressure
  • heart palpitations
  • loss of consciousness
  • break out into a sweat

A specific food triggers these reactions within 24 hours of eating.   Most food allergy is caused by leaky gut.   IF you have any of these reactions, consider a specific food allergy test.  (Not usually covered by your insurance, so plan to pay out of pocket).  But it will give you a useful list of (1) Foods you can eat freely,  (2) Foods you can eat sparingly, and (3) Foods you should never eat – at least until you heal the leaky gut.  Not all tests are the same and not all treatment is effective, so call or email for details.  Get your testing done before the holidays and start a Health and Wellness Program at the New Year.

Gift for yourself. Retreat.

Isn’t it curious for many people during this holiday-season-time-of-year that their time is filled with lots of yang: hustle, bustle, celebration, travel, a speeding up of activity, yet when all of Nature is doing just the opposite?  Take a breath … then look outside.  Mother Earth is slowing down.  Retreating. The nights are longer. Darkness falls early.  Tree sap has moved down into the ground.  Animals borough in nests to hibernate.  The air is still and cold. Full moon reflects off glowing snow.  The time of Deep Sleep. Nature is yin.   For of all the times during the year, the time when the natural healing spiral inward, downward and quiet is greatest, is Now.

To be in touch with Mother Nature, the cure and cause of all things, one might consider riding this wave as it spirals inward.  You can take advantage of this natural cycle by making time to refresh, rejuvenate and repair.  Take as much time as you need.  An hour away from the madness is good but creating your own Day Off Retreat will produce big healing results and changes for the better.

Here’s how. An Ancient ritual practice seems suited.  Introducing: A Round. This vehicle takes one from an outer hectic reality, through steps, which decease activity and leads to Silence.   Silence. The built-in, all natural way every organic body heals itself is … rest.  T he deeper the rest, the greater the healing.

The greatest metabolic rest occurs with meditation.  Awareness Meditation  (AM) to be specific.  Try these simple steps, taking 5-15 minutes each one.

MOST OUTE R.  Start with the most outer form of activity: movement.   Start fast and slow down. The slower the better. Slowing the movement down even more, to be with the breath.  From this simple dance comes all Qi Gong forms, Tai Chi and such.

REDUCE More. Descend to the floor for yoga.  This is not exercise or motion.  It is holding a stretch  position for several, at least 3, slooww, lonngg, deeep breaths.

STILLER still .  Now sit with straight spine. Make your exhales twice as long as your free, open mouthed inhales. Now make the exhale three times as long. Now 4 times. 5x….

MOST INNER .   When you notice that you just spaced out above, you are on your way.  For the next while just sit and watch.  No more breath control.  Just watch the body breath itself. Observe the thoughts think themselves. It all happens by itself, quite naturally, without any help from you, thank you very much. In fact, as soon as you DO anything, Awareness Meditation stops.  It becomes the usual thinking, analyzing, figuring, assuming, judging.  AM is the only time in your life when YOU don’t have to DO anything.  Just watch.  Witness. Observe.  With a neutral, cordial attitude.  Like watching leaves wisp over the lawn.

After 20 minutes, you’re done.  Round 1 complete.   You may notice deep rest.  Restful Awareness.  A successful AM session.  Take time to get used to greater activity with a yawn, a stretch, a deliberate deep breath.

For maximum benefit, to really get the most,  take a full Day Off Retreat and repeat Awareness Meditation Rounds 4 times: two in the morning, two in the afternoon. Now you are Rounding.  No electronics that day.  Maybe some short walks, music, reading.  It’s a day off.  A Gift from Your Self.

Human Gas

Pass on the Gas?

Do you feel gaseous or bloated after a meal? Pass gas? Have gas?
There are a variety of reasons that can cause improper digestion and intestinal gas (flatus). Some influencing factors are diet, antibiotics, food allergies, and leaky gut syndrome.
         If you’re someone who eats a lot of beans, fruits, vegetables, and grains you may be getting too much fiber in your diet, which is causing the flatulence. Cutting out high sugar producing foods such as fruits, beans, and grains would allow your stomach to digest more easily. Regarding vegetables, eating a salad that has raw cold veggies causes your stomach acid to have to work harder. Taking time to cook your vegetables helps your stomach digest much faster. Steaming your vegetables is the most effective way to gain the highest nutrition from them (see recipes on our site). Eating cooked vegetables and proteins are the ideal foods to digest best. Other high sugar producing foods to cut out are ice cream, carbonated beverages, cereals, wheat, candy, and fruits.
          Antibiotics, although effective in killing bad bacteria, also kill good bacteria in your body. It interrupts the normal bacteria flora in your bowel. It’s extremely important to be taking probiotics while taking antibiotics to help build back up the good bacteria in your body. Probiotics can be found in yogurt with live and active cultures. It is recommended to take a broad range probiotic with several strains in order to counteract the negative effects of antibiotics. Researchers around the world are studying how active cultures from live foods like yogurt or kefir can prevent gastrointestinal infections.
          Food Sensitivities:
          The most common food intolerance’s are dairy and gluten. A lactose and gluten intolerance doesn’t allow your body to break down sugar as easily, which causes gas and bloating in some people. A gluten intolerance can lead to excess gas, weight gain or loss, or diarrhea. Nuts are a common allergy as well which can cause bloating. Taking an allergy test is beneficial to find out what foods your body doesn’t agree with and is reacting to (ask us about the 30 food allergy test).
          Leaky Gut Syndrome:
          Leaky Gut Syndrome is an increased permeability of the intestines. This permeability of the gut allows toxins, wastes, and undigested food to secrete into your bloodstream. Thus causing bloating, gas, food allergies, and lack of concentration. For more details on leaky gut go to   Leaky Gut Symptoms
          Additional remedies:
          Eat smaller meals more often, while eating slowly and chewing thoroughly. We recommend DRINKING your food and CHEWING your fluids. Or, do not take another bite until what you are chewing now is a pure liquid that you can swallow.   Take a digestive enzyme. There are multiple enzyme combinations for various uses, occasions and conditions.   Take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before a meal, which will add to your stomach acid and help break down the food your body is digesting.
February 16, 2016

Springtime ReNew All Detox Cleanse

“Spring has sprung, the grass has rizz, I wonder where the flowers is?”

So marks the New Year. Yes, it is Springtime, the Vernal Equinox, when the sun stands over the earth’s equator, which marks the real New Year, an authentic astronomical event (meeting of the celestial equator and equinox). This was the original New Year date celebrated by the Babylonians, Romans, even the British Empire and their American colonies until 1752 just before the Revolution.

Soon follows Easter which, for all its major importance in the traditional Catholic church, is determined by a rather unconventional means: Easter falls on the first Sunday, following the first Full Moon, following the Spring Equinox. Obscure to be sure.

Did you miss renewal at the financial new year? Jan 1 is to the Roman Empire as April 15 is to the American Empire; remember why Mary and Joseph of Bible fame were travelling? To get recorded for the census to pay their tax by year’s end.

The Good news is that it’s not too late to have a New Beginning. Spring is the time of birth, new life, and resurrection. Why not join this association with Mother Nature? You too can be ‘in tune’ with this great natural cycle of time and refresh your body, your mind and soul. We suggest a DETOX to create new blood, new bowel and new bile with this TRIO we call the TRIPLE B COMBO .

These 3 items were chosen for their biologic efficiency to make the biggest positive impact in the shortest time in your body, to help you feel better, have more energy, improve digestion and Be Well overall.

>BLOOD : with “ Nitro ‘super’ Greens “ . The pH Miracle, or acid-alkaline revolution, revealed that certain (not all) chlorophylls will create new blood hemoglobin which means more oxygen, more energy and more waste removal. ($40).

>BOWEL: with probiotic super star “ ProBioMax Plus “. Extraordinary rejuvenation for your Inner Ecology with pre-biotic arabinogalactin, super pro-biotic strain Lactis HN019 ( identified as having the best probiotic potential among 2,000 strains) and even pro-biotic yeast Sacro B to push out pathogenic bad bacteria and yeast and boost your own natural immunity, secretory IgG. (30 packets / sachets powder: $49).

>BILE : meaning a comprehensive liver detox using MedCaps DPO formulated to support phase I and phase II detoxification (hence the term DPO: Dual-Phase Optimizers) may balance the phases of detoxification by supporting antioxidant defense systems and binding free radicals formed between the two phases. (120 capsules: $40)

$129 total. Order here.

Dose, frequency and diet suggestions will be sent with order. Do now, do anytime.

Superior Medicine

“The Superior doctor prevents sickness; the mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness; the inferior doctor treats actual sickness”

What does this quote mean and how can I relate it to my own life? Today in the United States, our first line of defense against disease and symptoms is to seek immediate medical attention. This initial step of seeking non-emergency medical help often leads to a lifetime of dependency on doctors, insurance companies, and the pharmaceutical industry to sustain our lives. One of the problems with this approach is that it does not make us responsible for our own health. It leaves us dependent on others to make important choices for us that have lasting consequences. I am pretty confident that your next step after seeing the doctor will be to go to the local pharmacy to get an antibiotic/medication prescription filled. Unfortunately, this modern medical model is not working so well for us. In 2001, Americans spent $1.42 trillion dollars on healthcare and in 2014, the cost increased to $3.8 trillion dollars. This approach of disease management is NOT WORKING! As it stands now in this country:

  • 1 in every 15 people is diagnosed with asthma, a 300% increase in the last 20 years.
  • 1 in 3 adults and 1 out of 2 children will develop type II diabetes.
  • The rate of children diagnosed as obese has tripled in the past 30 years.
  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with an invasive form of breast cancer.
  • 1 in every 70 boys will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
  • 1 in 3 people in this country will develop cancer in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 5 people will develop an autoimmune system disorder.
  • In the last 20 years, there has been a 400% increase in food allergies.
  • 60 to 70 million Americans suffer with gastrointestinal disorders (this statistic in my view is extremely broad).
  • 1 in 5 people will develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Basically, Americans are sicker; taking more medications; are more stressed out; dying younger; suffering physically at younger ages; spending more and more of their income on medical needs; and generally not doing well. The good news is that each and every one of us has the power to reverse or lessen the medical symptoms and illnesses we face. That is how powerful a force you are in this world!! If no one ever told you this or you forgot this about yourself, I am here to remind that you are powerful beyond measure. Your presence today and tomorrow is a gift.

The National Candida Center has one primary goal when working side by side with an individual. That goal is to assist you in overcoming physical symptoms with an approach that empowers you to become educated on your own unique body – body, mind and spirit. This holistic or preventative approach to health is your gateway to feeling alive on many, many levels.  The superior doctor provides you with a tool kit that can be used at home to empower and guide you with the answers you need.

We will begin to take a closer look at some of these specifics in the blogs to come like the toxicity we face every day, how to avoid them, the importance of your digestive system, how to reduce stress,  the alkaline/acid connection, resources at your disposal, and so much more. For now, I wanted to introduce myself, congratulate you on finding the National Candida Center and hooray that you are searching for your own answers.

I will be posting on this blog every few weeks and will help breakdown some of the misinformation that is out there. I will offer suggestions and ideas on how to cultivate a lifestyle that is vibrant, healthy and empowering. I will leave you with this; always remember that change starts with you. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “be the change you want to see in this world”. Your health starts with you! It must begin and end with you!  Wishing you vibrant health, peace, and an inner, intuitive knowing to always follow your path, wherever it takes you.

Liver Warning Signs: Liver Detox Needed

Your humble liver has over 400 essential uses including detoxifying, metabolizing drugs, regulating hormones, absorbing nutrients and many more. It usually takes care of itself but when the limit is reached, like all things, it breaks down. Here are the most common signs of trouble and why we recommend a 21-Day DETOX twice a year.

Digestive changes
(a) Diarrhea: This is a common issue related to liver problems.
(b) Stool: a change in color of stool to light brown or white.
(c) Nausea, stomach pain, then throwing up

Dark Urine
Check your liver health by checking your urine before flushing. Warning sign if urine is dark yellow or brown (or stool lighter brown than usual, as noted above).

It is normal to feel tired after a long hard day BUT if you feel drained every day or all day at an abnormal rate, it could be waste backing up (reducing blood oxygen and causing over acidity) leaving us feeling tired all the time, called Chronic Fatigue.

Appetite Change
If your liver is struggling, you’ll lose your appetite. Or, if you’re eating a normal amount but your weight is noticeably decreasing.

Jaundice (yellowing) happens when acidic toxins and waste build up in causing liver bile pigment to flow into bloodstream. This is more of a problem with infants, but it can also occur in adults. This should be taken as a serious warning that something is wrong with your liver.

Right Sided pain
(a) Discomfort from touch under your right rib area (location of liver)
(b) pressing on tight stomach creating discomfort and hiccups
(c) right shoulder pain (can indicate tumor pressing on nerves)

Ankle bloating
Problems with kidney, heart or liver influences fluid circulation causing fluids to build up around lower extremities like the feet.

Skin bruising
Random patches of black-and-blue, brown coloration of skin, classic ‘liver spots’ or frequent bruising that doesn’t heal all indicate liver stress as blood clotting proteins decline.

Sensitivity to smells
When liver has reached capacity, you will react to smells (odors, chemicals, perfume, etc) with discomfort, upset or headache. This is called MCS: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.