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Bruce LiptonAbout Bruce H. Lipton

Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized authority in bridging science and spirit. His research as a cellular biologist at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, between 1987 and 1992, revealed that the environment, operating though the membrane, controlled the behavior and physiology of the cell, turning genes on and off. His discoveries, which ran counter to the established scientific view that life is controlled by the genes, presaged one of today’s most important fields of study, the science of epigenetics. He is regarded as one of the leading voices of the new biology. Dr Lipton’s work summarizing his findings is entitled The Biology of Belief. His new book Spontaneous Evolution, Our Positive Future and Way to Get There From Here, with coauthor Steve Bhaerman will be released in September 2009. – Website


The Six Super Foods Every Woman Needs
The foods you really need to stay you healthy and strong
By Colette Bouchez
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

From the food pyramid to the Internet to your local bookstore, there is certainly no shortage of advice on nutrition and healthy eating. But with all the media hype surrounding many “health foods,” it can be hard for a woman to tell the nutrients from advertising ploys.

“We are sometimes led to believe that a specific food is healthier than it really is,” says nutritionist Elizabeth Somer, MS, RD, author of Age-proof Your Body. “Or that you need some exotic or expensive form of certain nutrients to gain benefits — and most of the time that’s not true.”

Moreover — as happened in the ’90s when low fat cookies made everyone temporarily forget about calories — Somer says some of today’s advertising sways us toward one healthy aspect of a food to keep us from noticing other, less healthy attributes. “A product may advertise itself as ‘no cholesterol’” she says, “but it still can be loaded with bad fats or tons of calories. You have to look at the total food to know for sure.”

NYU nutritionist Tara Miller, MS, RD, agrees. “You have to read the whole label, look at all the ingredients and the portion sizes, before you know for sure just how healthy a food is.”

Or you can let us do the work for you! To help you zero in on the healthiest foods that women can eat, we asked a panel of experts for their advice.

What follows is a description of the six super foods they say every woman needs. While these foods won’t cover all your nutrient bases, incorporating them into your diet as often as possible can help give you a wide range of protection.
Super foods for women: What you need

Super Food # 1: Low-fat yogurt

Goal: 3 to 5 servings a week

What it does: As a health food, yogurt is almost as old as, well, good health itself. But experts say evidence continues to accumulate that reveals its benefits in many new and exciting ways. And not just yogurt. Somer tells WebMD that any fermented dairy product — including kefir — contains healthy “probiotics” — bacteria with the power to protect you in myriad ways.

“There is a suggestion [that yogurt] may decrease the risk of breast cancer,” Somer says. ”And there’s very strong evidence it can reduce problems associated with irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory digestive tract disorders — both conditions that impact women more than men.” Additionally, she says, yogurt can help reduce the risk of stomach ulcers and vaginal infections.

Enjoy a cup of yogurt at breakfast, lunch, or snack to help meet the U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommendation for three servings of low fat dairy each day. “It’s loaded with bone-healthy calcium — something every woman needs more of at every age,” Somer says. One cup of yogurt has about 448 mg of calcium, compared to just 300 for eight ounces of skim milk.

The key, according to Somer, is to choose a low fat yogurt with live cultures — like Lactobacillus acidophilus. And do check the label, Somer advises. Some store brands may not have the level of cultures found in more established brands.

Also important: Skip the fruit-on-the-bottom or other flavored varieties. “Too much sugar,” says Somer, who also reminds us that, no, those two blueberries on the bottom of the container do not constitute a serving of fruit!

Super Food # 2: Fatty fish — like salmon, sardines, and mackerel

Goal: 2 to 3 servings every week

What it does: The healthy factor in fish is omega-3 fatty acids, and specifically two types known as DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).

“Fatty fish not only plays a vital role in the health of the membrane of every cell in our body, it also helps protect us from a number of key health threats,” says Laurie Tansman, MS, RD, CDN, a nutritionist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

Some of those threats include heart disease, stroke, hypertension, depression, joint pain, and a number of illnesses linked to inflammation, including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Somer says fish may even offer some protection against Alzheimer’s disease.

While many foods — such as walnuts, flaxseed oil, and some mayonnaise brands — claim the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, Somer cautions that only the DHA or EPA forms of omega-3 can be directly used by the body.

“What you get in foods like walnuts and flaxseed oil is an omega-3 acid known as ALA — alpha-linoleic acid,” says Somer. “And while it’s certainly good for you, it requires a process in the body to convert it to DHA. And that conversion process can be influenced by a variety of individual factors.”

The good news: You are likely to see a wheelbarrow full of new products supplemented with DHA slowly making their way to market in the coming year. Currently, Kellogg is reportedly developing a cereal fortified with DHA, while a company called Nutri-Kids has already launched a DHA fortified ready-to-drink milk product. You can also find eggs fortified with DHA and, says Somer, certain brands of soymilk.

Super Food # 3: Beans

Goal: 3 to 4 servings every week

What it does: Low in fat, beans are a good source of protein and fiber and may have protective effects against heart disease and breast cancer. Beans may also play a role in stabilizing female hormones, says nutritionist Susan Krause, MS, RD.

“Beans have been around so long that most people don’t view them as a fancy new health food,” Krause says. “But in fact, they are among one of the healthiest things a woman can eat.”

In studies published in the International Journal of Cancer, researchers found that beans in general, and lentils in particular, may have some protective effects against breast cancer. In research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, doctors found a relationship between a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease and a higher intake of legumes. Well known legumes include peas, beans, lentils, and peanuts.

As a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, Krause says, beans can help lower cholesterol, while their level of a nutrient known as isoflavone can help in the regulation of hormones and may aid with PMS, perimenopause, or menopause symptoms. Although soybeans have among the highest levels of isoflavones, other sources include red clover, kudzu, mung beans, alfalfa sprouts, black cohosh, and chickpeas.

“Beans also contain something called protease inhibitors, which may help protect against breast cancer,” says Krause. Protease inhibitors help slow the division of cancer cells and in this way may prevent tumor formation.

Last but not least, if you are in your reproductive years, beans can give you a steady supply of folic acid — essential if you should become pregnant.

Super Food # 4: Tomatoes (or watermelon, red grapefruit, red navel oranges)

Goal: 3 to 5 servings each week

What it does: The powerhouse nutrient in all these fruits is lycopene. And, according to Miller, while the headlines touted its protective effects against prostate cancer, more quiet research has shown it has tremendous health benefits for women as well.

“Research is starting to show that lycopene may protect against breast cancer,” Miller says. “And it’s also a powerful antioxidant that can help a woman fight heart disease.”

The very latest research shows it may also help keep you looking younger longer by protecting against UV damage from the sun.

Super Food # 5: Vitamin D fortified low fat milk or orange juice

Goal: At least 400 IUs of vitamin D daily

What it does: “Essential to helping the bones absorb calcium from the gut,” says Somer, “vitamin D helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis and may be vital in reducing the risk of diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and tumors of the breast, colon, and ovary.”

Indeed, recent studies from the University of California San Diego suggest that vitamin D has the potential to prevent up to one–half of all breast, colon, and ovarian cancer in the United States.

Somer tells WebMD that a growing body of research indicates many women may be vitamin D deficient. “A combination of staying out of the sun (which the body uses to manufacture vitamin D) and using sunscreen, which blocks the synthesis of vitamin D, has resulted in many women hitting a dangerously low level of this nutrient,” says Somer.

While Vitamin D is found in salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines, experts say fortified foods, such as milk, are the best source.

Super Food # 6: Berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries)

Goal: 3 to 4 servings every week

What It Does: In a way similar to wine, these fruits may protect your body with powerful anti-cancer nutrients known as anthocyans, which are believed to play a role in cell repair. Krause says research shows anthocyans may decrease the risk of several cancers, including those in the breast and gastrointestinal tract.

“These berries,” says Krause, “are also high in vitamin C and folic acid, which is essential for all women in their childbearing years. And they offer powerful anti-oxidant protection, which not only protects the heart but also may protect against skin aging, from the inside out.” Moreover, she tells WebMD that cranberries may help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections in women, while the nutrient, lutein found in all the berries, can help protect vision.

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Weeping WillowAnother day that I love!  This one is geared towards the tree’s, something of which I do love and note, if we didn’t have tree’s, we wouldn’t have life as we know it.  My kiddo reminded me of this on a project he did in 4th grade, which he J. Sterling Mortontook 1st place for!  My favorite tree is the Weeping Willow Tree.  In my opinion it is the most beautiful tree there is!  Again I looked into the history of this national holiday and was quite surprised to find out that it has been in session for over 100 years!  The first “celebration” took place in 1885  started by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska City and from there it took off to all other states with the most notable organization behind them The Arbor Day Foundation. You can read the full history here.

I found some videos about Arbor Day and a couple of programs that are in place to help bring awareness to us all. This one is about the ” Tree Campus” program take a look…

Celebrate Arbor Day LogoThis video highlights the program “5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest”.

Happy Arbor Day Everyone!

As we go about our day today we need to keep in the back of our minds Mother Earth. Today we celebrate her by bringing the information we already know and the information we will learn today to our conscious mind. We will honor her by living consciously today and throughout the rest of the year until next year. Remember, even ONE act will make a difference. Make it your commitment to start with just one act and then do more and more. Make it a habit!

To celebrate I found some videos I thought were important. I hadn’t looked too much into the history of Earth Day and I will guess that few of us have. So here is a video on the history of Earth Day, which, mind you may surprise you. I know it did me.

I also found this inspirational video

And since I’m a mom I also took into consideration the kids! Nick had a wonderful website devoted to Earth Day and to Kids called The Big Green Help. I went through the website and played the games and pledged myself on the pledge. Really fun site and an easy way for kids to learn more about Earth Day!

Follow this link to The Big Green Help

Happy Earth Day Everyone!

Virtually all the diseases and malfunctions in the body have direct causes. It is a fact that genetics play a major role in the cause of disease. In that sense, all diseases are “genetic” and merely represent the interaction of that person’s genetic tendency coming in contact with specific behavior patterns that determine if the disease will be triggered.

Each person is especially susceptible to certain diseases when compared to other people, but each person is also more resistant to certain diseases when compared to others. In this sense, each person has particular genetic weaknesses and strengths.

It is a person’s behavior or lifestyle plus one’s genetic weaknesses that often result in abnormalities or diseases. Most common among these diseases are high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, gallstones, and cancers of the colon-prostate-breast.

In order to proactively avoid the conditions that encourage disease, in a person who has the propensity, the following items should be considered essentials for prevention:

  1. BREATHING – Our air should be clean. Avoid being in smoke, dust or fumes, e.g., smoking more than two cigarettes every other day, being around fireplaces and diesel engines.
  2. DRINKING – Drink clean water and weak herbal teas, the body is 75% water.
  3. EATING – Eat properly. Dietary goals should be to consume VERY HIGH FIBER and LOW FAT foods (e.g., cooked, unprocessed whole grains, fresh vegetables, beans, fruit and optionally some fish) with minimal refined or processed foods.
  4. EXERCISING – Walk at least three miles a day, 5 days per week, 50 weeks a year. With this as a goal, put a plan in place to work up to this. There are many options to accomplish optimum fitness, e.g., running, weight training, biking, etc.
  5. STRESS MANAGEMENT – Acknowledge and accept the difficulties of reality. We must deal with problems as best possible, accepting failure, but remaining determined and optimistic.

Most diseases occur IF, and only IF, susceptible people make lifestyle choices that trigger the expression of that genetic tendency. Everyone should feel empowered to change the course of their medical history which otherwise may seem inevitable

silverstein2H. Robert Silverstein, M.D., F.A.C.C. has been in private practice in Hartford, CT since 1972. He served on the Connecticut Nutrition Council Executive Committee and has been recognized for Alternative Medicine skills with the 2001 Outstanding Contribution Award from the Connecticut Holistic Health Association. Dr. Silverstein has been published in various professional journals, appeared on television shows, been interviewed on the radio, and has two weekly Cable Access TV programs, “Putting It All Together.” Contact him at (860) 549-3444.

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Between eying the empty chairs steadily appearing in many work environments and watching declining employment numbers across the country, staying energized and motivated can be more than just a daily challenge. Because of the mechanism of the Human Stress Response, the very behaviors that help us function optimally are often the ones our stressed nervous system says “don’t bother”, “not critical”, or “bah, that’s an indulgence.” Being at your best in times like now requires overcoming your self-defeating behavior with discipline and awareness.

Think about it: when we’re under stress it’s because we feel fear and uncertainty. This is the trigger for the nervous system to prioritize survival activities, automatically diminishing the functioning of important systems such as circulatory, autoimmune, reproduction, sleep and digestive. Ironically, dysfunction of any of these systems simply exacerbates our experience of feeling stressed. So the moment you feel most “deer in the headlights” about your survival is the moment that you most need but are least likely to engage in activities such as a long walk, dancing in the living room, playing with a puppy or child, or reading inspirational ideas to counteract the survival response and jump-start our nonetheless critical “luxury functions.”

Three Reality Checks
First, forget getting more hours in the day in which to take care of yourself. We all get the same amount of time in each day and last I heard, even President Obama squeezes in a workout in the midst of his job demands.

Second, don’t wait for someone to create perfectly scheduled options that somehow fit both your preferences and comfort zone. You’ve got to take advantage of the options you already have even if they require adjusting to something that feels awkward or new.

Third, you’ve got to take responsibility for taking care of yourself. No one is going to come take you by the hand and lead you to self-care. If the term “self-care” feels too indulgent, why not shift your perception of these actions and treat them as leadership practices?

Making Your List
To get going, take a sheet of paper (or pixel) and write in two columns RELAX YOUR MIND, and ENERGIZE YOUR BODY.

Under ways you relax your mind, write anything you know to do to ease your level of mental activity. Studies show that working on puzzles and solving problems, creating something through activities such as cooking or building, playing, dancing and watching the breath are all ways to counter the Human Stress Response. Identify at least three things you can do on any given day to ease your mind.

Ways to energize your body: even if you’ve canceled your gym membership, there are still many ways for you to move around for cardiovascular, circulatory and functional health. Exercise the 1970’s way by just walking/running outside and doing calisthenics. Maybe you actually USE those videos you bought forever ago or tune into TV workout programs readily available in just about any market. Another option: many yoga studios and community centers have downturn specials and offer free classes in exchange for light volunteer work. Whatever it is, from parking further from your destinations to walking flights of stairs, you CAN do something every day to improve your physical health.

Net Net
Navigating uncertainty with grace and well being is a conscious act. Imagine our executive team being too stressed to workout or too busy to eat right: who would want our top global decision makers feeling foggy from lack of exercise or lack of downtime to clear their perspective in solving these global issues? Hold yourself to those very same standards. Post your lists somewhere you can see them easily and regularly. Decide each day one activity you will do in each category and then do them even if only for 5 minutes apiece.

Doing something, anything, can make the difference between staring at the headlights and moving further along the road. Each time you engage in mental or physical well being activities, congratulate yourself for taking another step along your journey.

Be well,


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Supported HandsThey don’t seem to go together but they do!  Stress can be caused for several reasons, the main one being priority and/or organization.  Not knowing what you want can be stressful, I’m talking on a deep personal level.  You know the questions like “Do I really love my career, or should I change to something new?” or “How do I create balance between work and the family?”.  Perhaps you are still asking these questions, what have you done about it so far?

Having a guide will help to put things into perspective for you, deep down inside you already know what you desire and how to get there.  It’s having the right tools to get you to where you want to be!  This is the best part of your journey; the ride.  Coaching will bring out the best in you while you are working toward your full potential.  Who has coaches?  Think about this, it seems any successful person has or has had some type of coaching, there must be something to it…