Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pumpkin Muffins, Healthier Substitutions

Pumpkin is a fall staple, whether it is muffins, pie or lattes, pumpkin is all around this time of year.  Making pumpkin recipes at home can be easy and healthy!  The following pumpkin muffin recipe is not a bad start, but with some healthier more nutritious substitutions it can be even better!

For Dairy free options:
- try substituting milk with any dairy free alternative like: almond, coconut, quinoa, hemp or soy milk.  There are many options that taste great.
- Sour cream alternatives can include: a dairy free yogurt like almond, soy, or coconut.  Another option is to make you own dairy free sour cream using a dairy free yogurt or one 10.5 oz package of tofu, crumbled, 4 tsp of lemon juice, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar, 1/2 tsp of salt.  Blend until smooth.

Gluten free or higher fiber:
- Substituting the all purpose flour with a gluten free alternative can also add more fiber:
Flax meal, quinoa flour, teff flour, coconut flour, or almond meal, are all options that can be found at most grocery stores or health food store.

Sugar Alternatives: 
- try substituting sugar with alternatives such as: coconut sugar, maple syrup, stevia, turbinado raw sugar, or molasses.  Follow the instructions on the package for substitution amounts.

Enjoy! and let me know how they turn out...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Dr. Mercola and Dr. Rowen Discuss Oxidative Therapies

I just finished reading and listening to the article posted on about oxidative therapies.  Oxidative therapies have been used since the early 1900's and are safe and effective.  Applications are vast including joint pain, inflammation, infections like viral, bacterial and lyme disease, and many more.  A short description of oxidative medicine is provided below from the article:

I am a believer in oxidative medicine and its benefits, and will be implementing its use in my practice in Vancouver, BC.  More details to come!

A link to the full article is:

What is Oxidative Medicine?

When most people consider oxidation, they think about free radicals and the need to protect themselves using antioxidants. However, when used therapeutically, oxidants can be beneficial for treating a wide range of conditions ranging from viral and fungal infections to joint pain and arthritis.
Dr. Rowen explained:
"Oxidation medicine is any number of therapies that uses oxidants. Oxidants are electron receptors. Oxygen is typically the final electron receptor of oxidants, which facilitate and stimulate body processes.
The three that are most commonly used parenterally – meaning intravenously or by other injection – would be ozone therapy, ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy, and intravenous hydrogen peroxide therapy. Believe it or not, a high dose of vitamin C has now been proven to work through oxidation medicines, because it stimulates the production of hydrogen peroxide in the tissues."

Using Oxidative Medicine Preventively at Home: The Best Anti-Aging Therapy of All Time?
Dr. Rowen is, to his knowledge, the longest living continuous user of oxidation therapy in North America, since 1986. He uses this prophylactically because, in his words:
"I happen to think that oxidation therapy is an ultimate – if not the ultimate – anti-aging therapy... I really believe this. I have been doing this for years. I have been in ozone, like I said, longer than anybody in North America. I think it's the ultimate anti-aging therapy. I do it on a regular basis even on me.
  One option is to use oxygenation therapy while you exercise. Dr. Rowen continued:
"My favorite here is exercise with oxygen therapy also known as, EWOT exercise with oxygen therapy). I have written about that repeatedly in Second Opinion. With EWOT, you breathe oxygen at a high concentration. Try and get it as close to 100 percent, as you can while you exercise. A German named Manfred Von Ardenne studied this many years ago. He found that if you exercise with this extra load of oxygen coming in under a higher partial pressure, meaning 100 percent oxygen, you can reverse aging in your capillaries and improve oxygenation of your body.
This is any man's approach to improving oxygenation. All you need is an oxygenator. I have written about this in my newsletter, Second Opinion, with full details on how to do it. It's not expensive to do."

Why Isn't Oxidative Medicine More Widely Known?

If you're experiencing joint pain, Lyme disease or an infection, drugs are probably the go-to treatment recommended by your physician. This is, unfortunately, the way the medical system is set up – to promote drugs and surgery first and foremost, even when safer, more natural alternatives exist. When asked why he thinks oxidative medicine isn't adopted more widely,
Dr. Rowen said:
"One of the reasons why is because these drugs are extraordinarily, widely promoted. If you take the case of any of the NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, I tell my patients, 'You can reduce your pain by taking the drug today and destroy your cartilage tomorrow,' because one of the mechanisms by which they act is reducing the production of cartilage. So they're actually inducing long-term arthritis by reducing your pain forcibly today.
But the drug industry is a huge industry. Everywhere you turn on television... [and] you see these commercials for petrochemical pharmaceuticals.
I'm wondering when are the people going to wake up? There are plenty of alternatives. If you're really in pain, there's plenty of ways to reduce the COX enzyme or cyclooxygenase enzymes, which is what these drugs do, without poisoning yourself. Curcumin is a great one. Ginger is another one. Almost all bioflavonoids do it with very little risk.
The reason why you don't see things like ozone out there taking over things is mainly because of what I call the most corrupt industry in the world. That gets back to the politics, where if you can't make a better product, how do you keep your product out there? You can't do it in a free market. You have to buy the government, so that you can purchase a monopoly on what you have and keep out everything else. That's what we have in this country today.
We have the best disease maintenance system money can buy. It's not a health system. It's a disease maintenance system."

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Nuts for Coconut, and for good reason!

Coconut water has become very popular over the last few years.  Yes it can be pricey, so look for the sales, but it is loaded with electrolytes and minerals.  Try drinking it before or after a workout or when you want something other than water, it is definitely a healthier alternative to those sugary sports drinks!

But don't forget about the rest of the coconut!! eating the flesh of the cocnut is also nutritious and delicious!  the chart below describes some of the benefits:

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