Friday, July 22, 2016

Food for Health & Healing

I met Kathleen DiChiara in May 2016 when I was working on an article for the magazine on Autism. April is National Autism month and I wanted to do an article, but I wanted it to be someone's personal story. I had head of parents ridding children with autism of all the symptoms and set out to find someone to interview. That someone was Kathleen, if you would like to read the interview it can be viewed on the magazine's "Past Issues" page. It was our first magazine so just scroll all the way down until you see a beautiful little boy happy and healthy.


Kathleen DiChiara, FDN-P, BNI-P, CHC

An educator, health advocate and mother of three, Kathleen broke into the field of nutrition to uncover the root cause of her own disease. She went from competing in triathlons and working in capital markets at a Fortune 500 company to becoming completely disabled at age 35. At the same time her son was diagnosed with autism.

Today, Kathleen shares her story of hope, recovery and resilience! Her son formally lost his autism diagnosis at age eleven and their dramatic story of recovery is featured in the soon-to-be-released documentary film, Secret Ingredients.

Kathleen is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, Certified Health Coach and Bio-Individual Nutrition Practitioner, with specialized training in the biochemistry and specialized diets for autism, allergies, autoimmune and other chronic conditions. She is an International Speaker, the Founder of Rhode to Health, Inc. and Direct Nutrition Support, and the author of the best selling book,The Hidden Connection. To learn more about Kathleen, visit her website       

Discussing



Various health issue and how we can heal with food

Join us Friday July 22, 2016 via HaggieShack Radio and Wolf Spirit Radio from 6 pm - 8 pm central. 

Please share so others will have the opportunity to listen to this life changing podcast. There is a live chat room where listeners can ask questions. I watch this and will let Kathleen know when a question comes in. You do have to register, but it is quick and easy. If you are unable to listen live the podcast will be up on the website next week, or you can subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Have you over come a health issue using natural means? If so consider writing an article for the magazine, deadline is August 1, 2016 for the Winter/Spring issue. I'm always looking for guests on the podcast it is a great way to get your story out there and help someone else who may be struggling with the same issue. For more information feel free to contact me at publisher@itsyourlifemag.com.

Meanwhile have a happy, healthy, weekend.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Real Food Fridays #148 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using healthy ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is acceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are
Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. Any and all posts I view will be shared on all social media including the Facebook group and the  Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Your Human Superpowers

I met this amazing woman through Blog Talk Radio and knew I had to have her on my show. Jennifer and I had the pleasure of talking via phone one day. She asked how I was, well if you are going to ask me I am going to tell you the truth, so I said could be better, could be worse. She asked what was wrong and I told her I had been dealing with some stomach issues. Jennifer could see the problem and asked me if I wanted to know what it was, well yeah!!! What I thought was awesome was she cared about me and we have never talked before or even met. This woman has a heart for helping others and I am excited to have her on the show Friday July 15, 2016 from 6 pm - 8 pm via Wolf Spirit Radio. Remember subscribe to our YouTube channel for all our podcasts or better yet subscribe to our newsletter to get informed each week on my guest. You can also view all our podcasts on the website here.

Jennifer Hough is a speaker, bestselling author and expert in applied physics. Her work is to assist each of us to awaken to our innate abilities beyond the five senses, to live life in flow and passion and to truly experience our lives as "a piece of the puzzle of Heaven on Earth" in this lifetime. Her magnetic style and authenticity have blown audiences away all over the world. She's been emanating her special kind of light from Peru to Hawaii to Toronto to Germany and Australia… igniting flames of peace, passion and effortless flow wherever she goes. Jennifer is a supreme lover of life that will activate your cellular “YES!”, making that little voice in your head highly uninteresting to listen to. Her mission is to cause Heaven within, so we can all bring Heaven with us wherever we go! The programs she teaches are: Get Out of Your Own Way™, Awakening Alchemist, Innate Abilities, Flourish and Flight School. She also takes those ready to have the full experience on Awakening Adventures all over the world.

Visit Jennifer at her website The Wide Awakenings.

INTEGRATING YOUR HUMAN SUPERPOWERS


♥ Why so many people being called to their purpose?

♥ Why most people struggle to fly and live in fluidity… and why it’s not necessary to struggle.

♥ Our multi-dimensional DNA holds the key - how to embody the codes.

♥ Were we meant to suffer? Who were humans really designed to be?

♥ What are our Innate Human SuperPowers? And why aren’t we using them? And how can we use them?

Know someone who might want to hear this? Go on and share we love you for it.



Friday, July 8, 2016

Vaccines, Good or Bad?

Join me and my guests tonight via Wolf Spirit Radio from 6 pm - 8 pm for our weekly podcast. If you miss a podcast you can always view them the next week on the magazine's website on the "Podcast" page or on our YouTube channel, be sure to like and subscribe.


Aimee Gardiner ~ Director of Rhode Islanders against mandated HPV vaccinations #NOHPVmandateRI


Aimee is from southern RI with two children. Living life preferring organic foods and natural remedies to support the healthy life of her family. A little over a year ago Aimee began sharing information and becoming an activist. Now today is a leader in fighting the HPV vaccine mandate and advocating for informed consent in RI.

Aimee's Blog

Sign the petition to change the Rhode Island mandate.





Dr. Andrew Wakefield is a world-renowned gastrointestinal surgeon and researcher. 

He has a strong interest in vaccine safety, and his studies led him (and many other researchers) to believe that there were problems with the three-combo vaccine of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). He was accused of fraud and fabricating studies that show a link between the MMR vaccine and bowel disease, present in many children with autism.

Dr. Wakefield’s research regarding the MMR vaccine and its link to bowel disease and autism was originally published in the Lancet.  A journalist, Brian Deer, published an article in the British Medical Journal criticizing Dr. Wakefield and accusing him of fraud. As a result, the study in the Lancet was retracted. Dr. Wakefield, and one of the co-authors of the retracted article, Prof. John Walker-Smith, were barred from practicing medicine by the United Kingdom’s General Medical Council regulatory board.

What you will not read in the mainstream media, however, is that both the BMJ and Lancet have strong financial ties to the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine, Merck.


Dr. Wakefield is the author of two books, “Callous Disregard,Autism and Vaccines – The Truth Behind a Tragedy” and “Waging War on theAutistic Child.” He also directed, produced, and wrote the documentary Vaxxed. 





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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Dealing with Glyphosate, Pesticides & Insecticides

We have heard about the various issues with glyphosate, insecticides, and pesticides. These harmful chemicals find there way into our food supply even if we eat organic. They can not be washed off, cooked, or baked away no amount of heat will kill them. However, there are things we can do to avoid the harmful effects they can cause on our bodies the digestive tract and our overall health.

Two weeks ago I had a naturopathic doctor, Kami Dehler, on the podcast and the topic of glyphosate came up. She said if we tend our liver and keep it healthy we can avoid the harmful effects. I also asked her if by using the foot bath ionizer for detoxing if detoxing the liver and other was required, she said no. So, there is one more reason to use the foot bath ionizer for detoxing.

The Role of the Liver

The liver is a key player in our health and our digestive tract. One thing we must remember is 80% of our immune system is located in our digestive tract or our gut. Knowing this it is easy to see that our liver is an important player in our health. 

Our liver is responsible for converting everything we eat, breath, and that is absorbed through our skin into substances which aid in sustaining us. The liver is important for our blood as it both forms and stores red blood cells. It also filters toxins from our blood at a quart per minute. In order to aid in keeping our immune response working at max the liver produces natural antihistamines. 

The liver is important for digestion for without it the conversation of food into energy would be non-existent. While many organs are important for how the foods we eat are used and distributed, the liver is the most important. The function of the liver in the way of our food is to convert is especially important for fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. The bile secreted by the liver is important for the assimilation of food, along with ridding toxins from the gastrointestinal tract. Our blood flows straight into the intestinal tract of the liver where the liver tends to the various toxins in the food. This process is done before our blood goes into our bodies. This process is repeat as the blood goes through the liver again and again repeatedly cleansing the blood through the lymph system. This process continues until they are discharged through either the kidneys or bile from the liver.


Stress on the Liver 

Due to the way we eat almost everyone suffers from a malfunctioning liver. This is due to our diets which are high in sugar, alcohol, fats and other foods which can contain preservatives, insecticides, pesticides, nitrates, and other toxins. When left unattended it becomes exhausted and no longer functions to detox the body the way it should. However, the liver is capable of rejuvenating it self and will continue to function even when cell damages has reached 80%. It is also capable of regenerating new cells under duress circumstances, but why would we want to tax our liver when we can support it for optimal health?



Detox

Detoxing the liver is not recommended as it is what naturally detoxes the body. However instead we want to support the liver so it continues to be healthy and function the way it was created to.

Support the Liver

There are various things we can do to support the liver and keep it functioning well and also relieve some of the burden it under goes. This is as easy as finding the right herbs, foods, essential oils, along with other natural remedies that fit are needs.

Herbs for Liver Support

  • Milk Thistle 
  • Dandelion Leaf
  • Yellow Dock
  • Chicory 
  • Peppermint
Susan Weed has a great article on the liver along the herbs listed above. Various sites showed other herbs, but upon more research they didn't make my list. 

Crystals for Liver Support

  • Epidote 
  • Malachite 
  • Emerald
  • Dioptase
  • Tourmaline 
Be sure to cleanse crystals before using them this can be done through various methods. Some of the easiest and fastest ways are to let filtered water flow over them or use a sage smudging stick. Once they are cleansed they can be programmed for their purpose this is as easy as saying a prayer or speaking the intention out loud. I like to sit with new crystals and play with them in my hand while meditating on how I want to program them.

When using crystals for health it is important to cleanse them on a regular basis.

The Crystal Vault has a great free e-book for cleaning and programming crystals.

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Cleanse the Chakra for Liver Support

Our chakras play a role in our health and when they are blocked we may experience both emotional and health issues. Consider doing a charkra clearing meditation with a crystal over the third chakra which is the solar plexus. The color this chakra resonates with is yellow, so any yellow crystal will work. Crystals are very personal and I recommend purchasing one of your own. Choosing which crystal to use is easy just let your body guide you as it knows what it needs. The crystal you are attracted to is the one for you. It may be that you are attracted to more than one, go with it. 
  • Rosemary
  • Fennel
  • Cypress
  • Lemon
  • Thyme
Essential oils should be used with precaution when taking them orally. Dilute the oil as stated below then rub a small amount on the wrist to see if you have an adverse reaction. If not rub it on the 3rd chakra, the area where the liver sits, or on a reflexology point on the bottom of the foot. I can not stress enough how we are all different and our bodies know what it needs, so if you feel lead to use the oil on all of the areas or just one or two listen to your body. You can also add a drop or 2 to a crystal being used to clear the 3rd chakra. 

Using Essential Oils Externally 

Mix 2 drops of oil with 4 drops of carrier oil cut in half for elderly and children. Do not use on children under 7 years of age.

Foods for Liver Support

One thing to remember is we want to create a liver that is healthy and capable of detoxing our bodies as it was created to do, so chose organic whenever possible.
  • Almonds
  • Oats
  • Raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries 
  • Garlic, of course
  • Grapefruit, do not eat if taken certain medications consult a health practitioner
  • Beets
  • Leafy green vegetables kale, spinach, dandelion, etc
  • Green tea not the extract
  • Avocado
  • Cruciferous vegetables broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, watercress 
  • Lemon water not lemonade
  • Turmeric in my opinion everyone should use this on a daily basis
  • Walnuts
  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Organic cold pressed oils like olive, hemp, and flax in moderation
  • Quinoa 
  • Buckwheat spouted
  • Lime
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Potatoes 
  • Squash 
  • Lentil
  • Onions 
  • Zucchini
  • Artichoke
  • Chickpeas
  • Bone broth 
  • Fermentations 

Tend to Your Gut Health  

The liver is important for a healthy immune system. Remember that 80% of our immune system is located in our guts and consist of good gut bacteria. It is important to tend to the gut bacteria incorporating fermentations into your diet such as kombucha, yogurt, keifer, sauerkraut, etc.

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Exercise to Support the Liver

Exercise is one of the most important things we can do not just for our liver, but for overall health. Find some type of cardiovascular workout to get the heart pumping blood through out the body including the liver. Make sure it is something you enjoy or you won't do it.  Cardio is anything that gets the heart rate up and us moving it can be as easy as dancing around to your favorite music as long as it's not a slow dance. 

When we engage in certain types of exercises that cause our mid-section to contract and relax it stimulates various organs including the liver. Exercises that utilize the mid-section stimulate and tone the liver allowing it to function at full capacity. 



Disclaimer: I am not a professional health care professional this is for educational purposes always consult with a health care professional. 


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Real Food Fridays #146 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are
Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. Any and all posts I view will be shared on all social media including the Facebook group and the  Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Real Food Fridays #145 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are
Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. Any and all posts I view will be shared on all social media including the Facebook group and the  Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.