The Acid / Alkaline Myth

  You may have heard that your ph (pronounced “P. H.” not “fff”), is a balance between acid (1 on a scale of 14) and alkaline (14 on the same scale).  Your blood is almost perfectly neutral at 7.2.  For years, the thought on ph in natural-health circles was that you want your body to be as alkaline as possible.  “Cancer only exists in an alkaline body,” which I embarrassingly admit I once said.   What most people (myself included) don’t realize is that your ph is different in different parts of your body; your saliva is closest to blood ph, but your digestive system ph is extremely acid (between 1 – 3) to be able to digest your food and kill bacteria and other immune system invaders.     your body’s ph doesn’t change much from food or drinks.  Changes in ph mostly occur in your digestive and endocrine (hormone) systems’ health.  You can check your saliva ph with test strips that are available at most drug stores.  If you do this, don’t eat or drink anything, including water, for at least 1 hour before testing.     What we find is that some people need to alkalize and some people need to acidify.   Sign of acidity, or acidosis (lower than 6 on the saliva ph scale)  insomnia and unable to relax lump in the throat (feeling, not an actual bump) cold sweats dry skin dry stool irritability Signs of alkalinity, or alkalosis (over 7.2 on the ph scale)  calcium deposits, but with paradoxically low blood calcium levels (calcium deficiency) allergies arthritic pains stiffness especially in the morning...

When to Use Ice or Heat

For years, the go-to medical treatment for bumps, bruises, sprains, strains, and pains was ice.  And for all these years, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine do our best to convince people otherwise. One of the 1800-year-old books we study in Chinese medicine school is called the “Shang Han Lun,” which is roughly translated as “On Cold Damage.”  The theory is that from our environment or from organ weaknesses, coldness is the root cause of several chronic illnesses:  arthritis being chief among them, but also including chronic allergy problems, digestive weakness, and skin problems.   A body that succumbs to cold damage is fatigued, retains water, and becomes ill easily.  There is usually pain, and the pain increases with cold weather. Most arthritis pain is diagnosed as “wind-cold-damp Qi” by acupuncturists.  Most arthritic joints are areas that have old injuries:  repetitive movements or sprains, stitches or surgical sites can be weakened areas that are more susceptible to chronic pain.  By introducing unnaturally cold temperatures to these weakened areas, you invite “Evil Qi” into your joints. Don’t laugh:  “Evil Qi” is not something I made up!  It’s a long-standing theory in Chinese medicine. Cold is one of the elements that you don’t want to introduce on a regular basis into your joints. You can think about it like this:  cold causes things to contract, right?  Contraction of your blood vessels causes pain, right?  So…cold causes pain. The argument in Western medicine has been the opposite.  A hurt joint has inflammation (heat injury) and the ice counteracts inflammation. As with most Western medical solutions, the problems are this: Short-term thinking, not long-term...

Flu Vaccine: we’ve been duped

Do you ever wonder:  Why is it that some people get sick and others don’t?  Is it nutrition?  Is it positive thinking?  Is it genetics?  Is it the environment?  Is it exposure to germs? Or is it something that’s a combination of things; something that’s not totally “black or white?” INNATE IMMUNITY VS ACQUIRED IMMUNITY Your immune system is a network of cells, organs, and glands in your body that fight invaders like viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other foreign matters (chemicals and pollens, etc.).  98-99% of disease-prevention is based on your innate, cellular, immune system.  This includes epithelial barriers, mucous membranes, phagocytes, and natural killer cells.  It also includes the functioning of your thymus, spleen, and bone marrow.  You can think of this part of your immune system as your police force, your military, and your justice system all rolled into one. Acquired immunity is a cellular memory.  These cells, or antibodies, remember how to effectively fight off certain diseases.  Antibodies are only about 2% of your immune response.  This is what vaccine-producers and many physicians want you to focus on.  This 2% of your immune system.  Whereas the innate immune system is like your body’s military/police, the acquired immune system is like someone who sees something happening and calls the police to tell them.  It’s your immune system narc.  Which is good, but, you know, it’s not the whole picture.   Even Rudolph Virchow, the “Father of Modern Medicine” said “If I could live my life over again, I would devote it to proving that germs seek their natural habitat – diseased tissue – rather than being the...

The number always corresponds with excess weight

Hydration. I have a scale (a cheap one, probably $20 from Bed Bath & Beyond years ago) that measures your hydration levels and I used to check all my clients regularly for that.  Ideal hydration levels are between 50-60% of your total body mass.   One thing that all good scientists have in common:  noticing patterns.   The pattern I noticed is this:  the heavier people always (ALWAYS) are dehydrated.   In a great book that I highly recommend, French Women Don’t Get Fat, by Mireille Giuliano, the author states that French women hardly ever snack between meals, they drink water. According to this 2016 study, it seems to be true.  Increased hydration leads to decreased body weight.   Many studies have also shown that dehydration produces similar body sensations as hunger.    If you’re wanting to slim down, I would try increasing your water intake.  If you hate the taste of water, well, learn to like it.  Sorry, there’s just no other way around it!  Here are some tips for enjoying more water:   Add some fresh squeezed lemon or lime to it.   Get a good filter for your home.  Filtered water tastes so much better!   Use carbonated water with or without natural flavors.   Use herbal tea:  green tea often gets me through a hungry afternoon. Get a fun water bottle (non-plastic) that you take with you everywhere and fill up when you’re out running errands, exercising, and at work.   Once you’re hydrated properly, you’ll be able to better discern signs of true hunger vs. your body’s sign for water.   And, of course, you’ll...

How to Stop Monkey-Mind

“And though guilt and shame are incredibly painful feelings, they’re far better felt and released than left smoldering inside.  When you feel shame, guilt, sadness – or any other painful emotion – congratulate yourself!” ~Dr. Christiane Northrup, MD (Dodging Energy Vampires) If you’ve ever laid awake at night, not able to sleep, because of your thoughts and emotions running a rollercoaster through your mind, this is for you. Some people are incapable of feeling guilt or remorse.  This is a small percentage of people.  Psychologists would call them “borderline personality disorders” or “narcissists.”  And like with most classifications of people, it’s not black and white either.  It’s more like a continuum.  Some people are worse than others.  On one hand you have your serial killers, and on the other hand, you have an emotionally distant spouse. Most of us do feel guilt, remorse, shame, and other “negative” emotions.  And I think this is at the crux of “monkey-mind,” when you can’t shut off your thoughts when you’re trying to relax at night. The funny thing is – the people who suffer the most from negative emotions tend to deserve the negativity least. Guilt serves a purpose to help us analyze our actions.  So do that:  by doing (X, Y, or Z) did I (intentionally or unintentionally) hurt anyone?  Usually, the answer is “no.” I’ll give you an example.  As a mom, I feel guilty all the time about leaving my kids with a babysitter.  So, to do this technique, I need to ask myself is anyone getting hurt?  Answer:  no.  Everyone’s fine. People who are made to feel shame about...
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