EXPLORING THE NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO HRT AFTER MENOPAUSE

Monday, July 24th, 2017

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Blessed are the women who soar through menopause unscathed. Not all of us, however, are so lucky. There are about 38 different symptoms attributable to menopause.

We’ve all heard the complaints: suffering with embarrassing hot flashes, excess weight gain in the belly, vaginal dryness, drenching night sweats which interferes with sleep and creates daytime drowsiness, hair loss and libido gone south.

For myself, I became anxious and had my first panic attack ever. The million-dollar question my peri-menopausal or menopausal patients ask is, “Are there natural remedies to help alleviate my symptoms, or do I have to go on hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?”

Luckily, nature has provided several options for women if they are good candidates for natural therapies. It is always best to discuss the risk/benefits of HRT therapy with your endocrinologist especially if you have had medically induced menopause.

Where Do the Symptoms Come from?

Science has not found for sure the exact reason why women have menopausal symptoms. According to Chinese medicine philosophy, young women have more yang energy, which is described as cool and moist.

As a woman ages, she becomes more yin – which brings elevated heat and dryness to the body. A woman becomes more yin around the menopausal age. Chinese doctors use cooling herbs to turn down the heat.

Western herbalists might look more at the lack of steady estrogen as a factor in creating the hot flashes. One strategy an herbalist might employ is using herbal remedies that prolong the ‘shelf life’ of estrogen.

Hormones operate best when they work together. Estrogen acts like the gas pedal, causing hormone sensitive tissues to grow in size and number. Progesterone acts like the brakes keeping estrogen in check.

Before menopause, progesterone begins to decline while estrogen levels stay about the same or even increase. When the ratio of estrogen to progesterone changes to favor estrogen getting more play time without being opposed by progesterone, women may experience weight gain, fuzzy brain and other symptoms.

The major change in the female body during menopause is that the ovaries no longer make the sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. That job shifts over to the adrenal glands – endocrine glands, which sit on top of the kidneys.

The adrenals wear many hats. They are the ‘stress handling’ glands and mobilize the body for “fight or flight” by releasing cortisol and adrenaline.

They also control fluid balance, stabilize blood sugar, heal and repair the body. With menopause, they have the added job of producing the sex hormones.

The stress hormones and the sex hormones come from the same precursor, pregnenolone. When stress takes over, especially long drawn out stress, the adrenal glands have to pump out more and more cortisol to meet the demands of the body.

As a result, pregnenolone will only convert into cortisol, making little to no sex hormones. As stated above, low progesterone output creates unopposed estrogen, increases the risk of cysts and cancer of the breast and uterus.

What Are the Best Strategies for Lowering Symptoms? Are There Any Natural Alternatives to HRT?

Many women who find themselves moving into menopause have high stress jobs, support aging parents, are moms themselves and manage a home. There is a lot of juggling.

Menopause may also bring up emotional issues for women. Issues of self-worth often come to a head during this time. This all contributes to the stress the adrenals have to compensate for.

Regarding natural alternatives to HRT, I have found most women will get the biggest bang for their buck by strengthening their adrenal glands.

Eat protein with each meal. Make sure animal products are hormone-free – otherwise your food contributes to elevated estrogen levels. Eat more organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible, especially the cruciferous kind.

Pesticide residues from non-organic food get into the body and mimic estrogen so the more organic fruits and vegetables you consume, the better. The best vegetables to help break down hormones in the liver are the cruciferous vegetables.

Eliminate refined carbohydrates and alcohol, which rob your body of B vitamins. B vitamins are the fuel which keep the adrenals going. Support the adrenal glands with vitamins, minerals, dessicated glandulars, herbs and adaptogens like maca.

Omega-3 fish oil is a must. Herbal licorice is a great tonic for the adrenals but is contraindicated if the blood pressure is high. A broad based support for the adrenals will ensure a steady foundation to help rebuild your reserves.

This protocol requires at least 12 weeks to stabilize the body. If symptoms persist, then I will use specific remedies aimed at the particular symptom.

Create a comprehensive plan to dial back stress and address the emotional feelings that come up at this time. Perhaps consider that menopausal symptoms are a red flag pleading with you to address what’s not working in your life and get support.

Maybe see a life or career coach or speak to a therapist. Do what relaxes you and gives you joy. Perhaps adding yoga, meditation, deep breathing, dancing, restorative bodywork like chiropractic adjustments, cranial-sacral work, chi gong and/or flower essences is the way to go.

Natural alternatives to HRT when a woman goes through menopause naturally, often work really well to help manage the symptoms with little to no side effects. Adding in lifestyle and dietary changes where needed is empowering.

However, when managing menopausal symptoms with a medically induced menopause (hysterectomy) it is best to sit with the doctors, look at the research and figure out what your best options are. In some cases, the best option is HRT.

To get a sense of your overall stress level you can email my office for a FREE adrenal stress questionnaire drdevorah@yahoo.com.

What were your worst menopausal symptoms? How did you take care of them? What advice would you give women who are now undergoing menopause? What have you heard about natural alternatives to HRT? Please share your thoughts and observations in the comments below!

Editor’s note: none of the information in this article should be considered medical advice. Everyone’s body is unique, so, please talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet, medication or exercise plans.

Devorah FeinbloomDr. Devorah Feinbloom is a chiropractor and holistic health educator located near Boston. She is a certified mindfulness teacher and an advocate of experiential and body-centered learning. She is the creator of “The Mindful Nutritional Re-Boot Camp Cleanse” and “Mindfulness-Based Self-Healing” workshops. At 60, Devorah became a mosaic artist, something she dreamed about since she was a child.

This article originally appeared on the website, sixtyandme.com

DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS WHEAT SUBSTITUTIONS FOR HEALTHY AGING

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

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For many of us, when it comes to healthy aging, wheat or gluten is a newcomer to our dietary “foods to avoid” list. Even though we love our baguettes, pasta and pizza, they don’t seem to love us anymore.

While some people cannot handle wheat, others find that it is the gluten in wheat, rye or barley that is bothersome. Many people report feeling bloated, gassy, spacey and tired soon after they eat a meal containing wheat or gluten.

What Is Going on With “Modern” Wheat?

Today’s “modern” wheat is altered, hybridized and stripped of its bran and germ. As a result, the proportion of gluten protein in wheat is enormously elevated. Correlated to that, there is a fourfold upward trend of people becoming sensitive or intolerant to the gluten in wheat, rye and barley.

In other words, these people were not born with Celiac’s disease, which is an allergy to gluten. These people became intolerant to wheat or gluten over time.

Some researchers point to gut dysbiosis as a reason for the sensitivity. Gut dysbiosis is a condition where not enough beneficial bacteria inhabit the bowel. In their place is an overgrowth of “bad” bacteria and yeast. This condition is a result of taking antibiotics, experiencing stress and eating too much sugar. It occurs naturally with age.

We all know how yeast works when baking bread. Add a sweetener to yeast and bread rises, giving off carbon dioxide (CO2) and alcohol. When yeast overpopulates the bowels, eating foods that contain sugar or yeast, “feeds” the yeast, causing them to release gas. Thus, you get bloated and gassy.

Leaky Gut

Gut dysbiosis can lead to changes in the lining of the bowel, which increases the permeability of the intestines. This results in a condition called leaky gut. Leaky gut makes it easier for larger food particles to breach the walls of the intestines. Our immune system sitting behind the wall protects us from foreign invaders.

When we have leaky gut, the immune system doesn’t recognize these larger particles of wheat or gluten as food and mounts an attack that causes inflammation, bloating and that feeling of being spacey!

For me, a combination of genetics, blood sugar issues, a low white blood cell count and elevated gluten protein in the wheat probably contributed to my sensitivity. But what is a girl to do if her favorite foods contain wheat?

How Can I Satisfy My Cravings with Healthy Aging Choices?

Zucchini Pasta

Delicious and Nutritious Wheat Substitutions for Healthy Aging

Head out to an upscale supermarket, like Whole Foods, and buy pre-made raw vegetable noodles like zucchini. Place the “zoodles” in a frying pan and drizzle olive oil over them to take the chill out. In another pot, heat up your favorite spaghetti sauce (or make your own.) Put the zoodles in a bowl, add sauce and voila, it’s pasta night!

I add parmesan cheese and some fresh basil. I am very happy. If you really love this recipe I recommend investing in a spiralizer or a Paderno turning slicer. Zucchini is good for about 24 hours once turned into pasta.

Tabouli or Tabbouleh

Delicious and Nutritious Wheat Substitutions for Healthy Aging

I love tabbouleh, a Middle Eastern vegetable dish that uses bulgur wheat for the base. Easy substitutes are cooked quinoa or cauliflower. Take the cauliflower and cut into large pieces. Place the cauliflower in a food processer and using the “S” blade, pulse until the cauliflower is in tiny pieces.

Place a cup of minced cauliflower (or a cup of quinoa) in a bowl. Add 1 cut up tomato, ½ cucumber chopped, ¼ cup fresh mint, 1 cup parsley. Dress with ¼ cup lemon juice, 2 Tbsp. olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

How I Make Sandwiches

If you really want a sandwich “sandwich,” then gluten-free bread, waffles or wraps are your best option. I wanted to see what I could create with vegetables. My three favorites are nori wraps, blanched collard greens and red cabbage.

Nori Sandwich

Delicious and Nutritious Wheat Substitutions for Healthy Aging

For my favorite nori sandwich: Take one sheet of nori and place it on a bamboo sushi rolling mat. Goal: fill ¼ of the nori sheet with what you want to add. I start with a little smear of peanut butter on the nori. Next, I add brown rice, thin avocado slices, steamed fish and ½ a scallion cut vertically. Once filled, roll the nori from the full end to the empty end, using the rolling mat to hold everything in place. Your sandwich should look like one long sushi roll when you are done.

Collard Greens

Delicious and Nutritious Wheat Substitutions for Healthy Aging

Collard greens are big leafy greens with a firm stem in the middle. Following the stem line, cut the greens off the stem so you end up with two big greens. Boil a small amount of water and place the greens in the water for 30 seconds. They will wilt but will remain be strong. Use these greens like the nori wraps, filling ¼ of the green with your meal and rolling them.

Red Cabbage

Red cabbage is a very sturdy vegetable. The goal is to peel off one layer and fold it in half like a taco. You may have to slice it near the center core to help peel it off. Fill the cabbage taco with anything you imagine: rice and beans, egg salad, tuna fish, chicken, smoked salmon with cream cheese, tomatoes, Bermuda onions and some capers.

While it isn’t easy to give up comfort food, at least there are some easy alternatives that are nutritious and delicious!

Have you switched to a gluten free diet? Do you have any special foods or recipes that satisfy your cravings with healthy options? What other healthy aging tips can you share with the other women in our community? Please share in the comments.

Devorah FeinbloomDr. Devorah Feinbloom is a chiropractor and holistic health educator located near Boston. She is a certified mindfulness teacher and an advocate of experiential and body-centered learning. She is the creator of “The Mindful Nutritional Re-Boot Camp Cleanse” and “Mindfulness-Based Self-Healing” workshops. At 60, Devorah became a mosaic artist, something she dreamed about since she was a child. This article first appeared on the blog, sixtyandme.

HONOR YOUR DIGESTIVE TRACT AND IT WILL HELP YOU TO ACHIEVE HEALTHY AGING

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

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According to many healing traditions, the root of all illness begins in the gut.

The latest research shows a strong connection between gut health and autism, ADHD, depression and even Alzheimer’s, not to mention autoimmune conditions.

First, let’ go over some simple facts that will increase your understanding of gut health.

Functions of the Digestive Tract

The digestive tract is basically one long tube that has sections with different names and different functions. The tube starts at the mouth, becomes the esophagus, then the stomach, small intestine, then large intestine and ends at the anus.

When you eat something, saliva spurts into the mouth, and hydrochloric acid (HCl) is released from the stomach. Next, digestive enzymes and bile are ejected from the pancreas and gall bladder into the small intestine. The large intestine is where the trash is dumped. This process should completely break down your food into individual molecules.

The digestive tract contains “soil” like a vegetable garden. Healthy soil is filled with microbes that are necessary for plants to be strong and resistant. If the garden has poor soil, the plants become weak, and succumb to bugs. Your large intestine houses 85 to 90% of your immune system in the form of good bacteria and like the soil, its quality will determine your health.

Lastly, the digestive tract acts like a gate, only allowing individual food molecules (completely digested) to cross into the deeper tissues of the body.

When the digestive system works, it is a seamless and beautiful thing. We eat, we have energy, we eliminate and we feel clear-headed.

How to Achieve Healthy Aging by Caring for Your Digestive Tract

Your stomach must release HCl to digest protein into amino acids, the essential building block for muscle building. As we age the stomach output of hydrochloric acid is diminished. It is harder to digest protein and absorb the iron and B12 necessary for energy. Muscles start to sag. HCl also kills many of the microbes that we swallow with food so we are left more vulnerable to infections.

Many people suffer from gastrointestinal disturbances and have GERD or acid reflux. Antacids and drugs designed to help with acid reflux reduce the acid environment which can cause anemia and leave undigested protein to rot in the gut.

These medicines are not a good solution for aging well.

Taking bitters, adding an HCl supplement or starting your meal with a salad with lemon and apple cider vinegar can boost the HCl. Often, stored stress and fears find their way into the stomach and mimic acid reflux. Try to identify if things are bothering you and remove the cause, not the symptoms.

The Truth About Chronic Constipation

The bowels need to move every day. Chronic constipation is painful. It also creates toxicity. When the bowels are sluggish, the waste they are carrying gets reabsorbed back into the body. For this reason, constipation may cause elevated cholesterol and hormones.

Natural things you can do to eliminate constipation include: drinking ½ your body weight in ounces of water or herbal tea each day, and adding high fiber foods like oat bran, psyllium, figs, beans, fruits and vegetables to your diet. Add prunes and beets, or drink senna tea. Make sure you rule out a hypothyroid condition.

The Importance of Good Bacteria

The population of good bacteria must completely outweigh the pathogenic bacteria and yeast living in the gut. If you have been given a dose or two of antibiotics, it is likely that the ratio of good to bad bacteria will shift to an unhealthy ratio and can cause yeast infections, bloating and gas.

If this happens, eliminate all sugar, including fruit, alcohol and grains for a week. Eat only protein, vegetables, tree nuts and seeds. Invest in good probiotics and take them for at least two weeks to two months. Foods that are great for replacing good bacteria include raw sauerkraut, kefir (including dairy-free kefir), natto and kombucha tea.

Understanding Leaky Gut

If you are chronically stressed or have been taking repeated dosages of a group of drugs called NSAIDS, which include aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, and Celebrex, the cells that line the small intestine may become lax. Lax gatekeeper cells can allow all kinds of molecules into the deeper tissues. This situation is called leaky gut.

Leaky gut puts your immune system on high-alert and inflammation ensues. There is no medical test to diagnose this but some of my patients report they can’t seem to eat the foods they used to eat because now they have gas, bloating, or chronic diarrhea. They might also have constipation or headaches, or just feel spacey.

The main strategy when this situation occurs is to seal the gut cells so they create the gate again. You may need to see a specialist regarding specific herbs to take. The diet to turn leaky gut around includes bone broth, steamed (non-starchy) vegetables, organic wild meats, wild-caught fish, egg yolks, avocados, fruit, coconut oil, olive oil and ghee. The emotional medicine includes meditating, singing, praying and taking time for yourself to unwind and be kind. For a great bone broth recipe email me drdevorah@yahoo.com.

Are you aware of the importance of having a healthy digestive tract? What foods do you eat to keep a balanced healthy gut diet? If you suffer from gastrointestinal issues have any of the suggestions in this article been helpful? Please join the conversation.

This article recently appeared on the website SixtyandMe.

SOULFUL MEDICINE: HOW TO REDUCE STRESS THROUGH MEDITATION

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

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Let’s face it. We’d rather be “on.” We’d rather have that edge where we feel connected and that everything is going with the flow. But life isn’t like that, is it?

There are often stumbling blocks that get in the way. We take what others say personally. People find themselves feeling ashamed. Others feel excluded or not good enough.

Particularly for women, we can find ourselves in positions where we need to speak up in ways that might feel confrontational. No matter what the stressful situation, it can throw us off our game, leaving us feeling untethered.

How do we come back to center? How do we reclaim our joie de vivre?

In my own case I had been extra busy at work with less than optimal support. A renter in my office created havoc. I didn’t have the skill set to handle the situation. My buttons were getting pushed. Red flags were flying. I was angry, self-critical. I was over-eating. I was up at 3:00 am unable to go back to sleep.

There is a quote written by Anaïs Nin hanging in my office that says, “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” I was there. I was suffering. I needed to stop and call a truce. I needed a dose of mindfulness and compassion.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a practice, a process of purposely paying attention in a loving, non-judgmental way to the internal and external experiences happening each moment. Instead of paying attention to all the thoughts in your head, mindfulness grounds you deep in your body. The practices leave you feeling refreshed and peaceful.

One practice may include focusing on the feeling of your breath moving as you inhale and exhale. Another practice engages your senses; noticing tastes, smells and sounds. Others invite you to explore where you are holding tension in your body and find a way to relax. To get a taste of mindfulness, follow this link to my website. The meditation is about 25 minutes.

In many of the mindfulness schools there is a weaving together of loving kindness
meditations with mindful practicesThis binding deepens the experience of self-compassion. Loving kindness, or metta meditations evoke a feeling of love in the heart, like you would feel towards a puppy, a baby or even a stuffed animal.

The more you work with different meditation techniques, the easier it is to know what works best for you. The night I climbed onto my couch to meditate I needed a safe way to feel my vulnerability. I chose a tool that is very powerful for helping me sit with challenging emotions. This process has the acronym RAINS which I would like to share with you.

The RAINS Process

The RAINS process can wash away hurt and help you gain self-compassion.
Following these five steps as you sit quietly with yourself has great power:

Recognize

Simply recognize that you have been lost in thought instead of feeling what is going on right now.

Allow

Allow the experience to be there without trying to change it or judge it. No resistance. Just let it be. Become in harmony with the exact way your body feels.

Investigate

Can you get really curious about this feeling that you are feeling? Where does this feeling live in your body since every emotion has a corresponding physical counterpart.

Ask yourself, “If that body part could talk what would it say? Does this feeling have a size, a color? What does the feeling feel like?”

Non-identification

Don’t identify the feeling as being you. See it as non-personal, a temporary feeling that is present.

Self-care

Send loving kindness to that area of your body. I do this by feeling love in my heart and then imagining myself sending that love with the following words, “I send you love. I offer you peace. I wish you happiness.”

Surround the emotion with loving kindness by saying to the emotion, “I feel you in there. I really feel you. I hear you calling me. I am here for you. I see you are asking for my attention.”

I am in awe of this process. Fully aware of what is happening inside myself without my judging mind adding insults, I feel at peace knowing the truth. I accept it.

Offering my own love to myself creates a cease-fire. And while focusing on what hurts seems counterintuitive, bearing witness with compassion creates space for self-love and acceptance. I have come back home to myself.

What about you? What allows you to get back on track and center yourself? What forms of meditation have you found helpful in times of stress or anxiety? Please share with the Sixty and Me community in the comments.

Devorah Feinbloom

Enjoy our 20 minute Mindful Meditation

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a practice, a process of purposely paying attention in a loving, non-judgmental way to the internal and external experiences happening each moment. Instead of listening to the thinking mind, mindfulness practices ground you deep in your body leaving you feeling refreshed and peaceful. A mindfulness practice may include focusing on the feeling of your breath in your body as you inhale and exhale. Another practice engages your senses: noticing tastes, smells and sounds. Other practices have you explore where are you holding tension in your body and what emotions are alive for you right now.

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3 MINDFULNESS TOOLS TO STOP YOU FROM OVERINDULGING IN HOLIDAY TREATS

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

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I often think back several years ago to a time when I wanted to quit drinking coffee. Each day I would walk by a lovely café en route to work and that little voice in my head would say, I want a cup of coffee.

Before I knew it, I was carrying a steaming hot latte into my office. I felt totally powerless to keep my word. My thoughts called the shots. Has this ever happened to you?

And every year during the holiday season we sure get tested about our commitments to our health and diet, don’t we? Being discriminating around food can be very challenging with festive family gatherings, holiday parties, and gifts of chocolates, cookies and homemade goodies!

Tricking Your Mind

One of the primary gifts of my engaging in a meditation practice is the ability to notice that the mind is a thought-producing machine. It thinks and thinks and thinks. It can’t help it. If you sit quietly for a moment and try to be silent you will notice something. You can observe thinking. What this means is that you have thoughts.

You are not your thoughts. This is essential to get. When that little thought in your head announces “I want that piece of cake” normally we think that thought is us. We believe what it says and eat the cake in the same way I ended up with that cup of coffee in my hand.

Here is the secret to tricking your mind in three easy steps.

First, be clear what you don’t want to eat or drink over the holidays. For example, I have decided to eliminate dark chocolate because I know it affects my sleep.

Next, imagine the kinds of things your inner voice will say to try to convince you to eat it. I can imagine the voice in my head saying, “Oh, you could have just one piece,” or “A little piece isn’t going to affect you,” or “If you don’t try it, Aunt Mary will be insulted!” This is great information. Now you know exactly how your mind is going to test you!!

Lastly, come up with a statement to respond to the inner thoughts before you are confronted with this food or beverage. Decide what you are going to say back to that thought. My response would be, “I don’t eat dark chocolate anymore.” In this way, when the dark chocolate candy is offered to me by Aunt Mary I can pull out my remedy and say, “I don’t eat dark chocolate anymore.” And sometimes I say it twice.

What’s so interesting is that the thought inside me that wanted the chocolate is somehow satisfied with that answer and disappears. The situation is over. However, trying to come up with a replacement statement on the spot never works. You must have it in your back pocket ready to pull out when you are tested.

Eating Like a Gourmet

Did you ever notice when you are really hungry how good food tastes? The scientific reason is because when you are hungry your taste buds are excited. When the taste buds are all fired up the flavors pop in your mouth and that is a joyful experience.

Taste buds are fickle characters though, especially when you are not really hungry. For the first several bites they act like they are really interested in what you are eating and then soon after they could care less. We can capitalize this.

How do we get to what I call the joy factor in eating? Eat like a gourmet. Rather than going for quantity, let yourself experience the quality of the food. Engage your senses. Really look at what is being presented. Ask yourself, “Do I want this in my body?”

Allow yourself to smell the flavors. Close your eyes and drink in the scents. Become aware of the tastes and seasonings by chewing slowly. If you really pay attention you will notice how the flavors change as you continue to chew. Each bite is not the same.

Do you really enjoy this food when you slow the experience way down? Depending on what you are eating and how hungry you are the taste buds will eventually go to sleep and that same food will no longer give you sensory goose bumps. Don’t try to chase the flavors by continuing to eat at this point. The body is already content.

Checking in First

On my kitchen table I placed a card that contains the following reminder:

Stop. Close your eyes. Take several deep, relaxing breaths. Notice where I am holding tension in my body. Inhale peace. Exhale tension. Notice without judgment any thoughts or emotions present.

Open your eyes. Look at your meal. Smell your food. Notice how the food feels in your mouth and be aware of sensations and flavors.

Find the joy in this meal.

How do you get control of food indulgences over the holiday period? Do you have special techniques or rituals to help you enjoy your food and not over eat? Please join the conversation.

This article originally appeared on the website www.sixtyandme.com

5 THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW TO HELP YOUR BODY DETOX

Monday, November 14th, 2016

5 THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW TO HELP YOUR BODY DETOX

sixty-and-me_5-things-you-can-do-now-to-help-your-body-detox-740x416 One seemingly uneventful day in May of 2003 I was driving to my chiropractor’s office when a car on the opposite side of the road made an unexpected left turn in front of my car, causing a head-on collision. My chest smashed into the steering wheel and suddenly I found myself wondering if I was going to have a heart attack.

The impact caused my lungs to heave in such a way that I was taking deeper breaths than I had ever taken in my life. What happened next is still a mystery to me. I heard a very clear commanding directive that said, “You need to do a liver cleanse!”

What???

Answering a Call

That command bubbled up into my thoughts from time to time that summer as I continued to heal, but it wasn’t until October when a good friend who was 39 at the time was diagnosed with breast cancer that my new mission got any traction.

Being a chiropractor myself, I had a network of colleagues to speak with about breast cancer. I contacted my teachers and holistic doctors around the country, looking for answers and research.

I read up on everything I could find on the causes and complementary treatments beyond the medical therapies. I looked at statistics and compiled lists of strategies for healing and came to one conclusion. Although we don’t know for sure what causes breast cancer, everyone included a strategy for helping the liver to detoxify more efficiently. I was intrigued.

What is a Liver Cleansing?

A healthy body could be defined as one that has energy and vitality and the natural capacity to heal, detoxify and repair itself. Said in another way, our bodies are self-healing. We have several mechanisms and pathways for “taking out the garbage” and over the years they can become sluggish.

It isn’t so far-fetched that we need to upgrade our detoxifying systems in our own body. Detoxifying or cleansing means ridding the body of toxins – those internally made or ones that get in – and waste products that get stuck and can’t find their way out.

These toxins accumulate in the cells, tissues and especially the fat molecules and cause congestion, sluggishness and a whole array of symptoms. The gift of cleansing the body is that there is restoration of the self-healing mechanisms, which allows the body to repair itself.

What is a Toxin?

Toxins in the body affect the cellular engines in negative ways. For example, pesticides are considered xenoestrogens (foreign estrogen) because they mimic the activity of estrogen at the cellular level.

Estrogen is considered the fattening hormone. It gives women contours and increases the size and number of specific cells, which is why women might experience swelling and tenderness in the breasts, fibrocystic breasts and weight gain when taking HRT or birth control pills.

Hormones and xenoestrogens both need to be completely broken down in the liver so that their effect on estrogen sensitive cells becomes null and void.

The Pathways of Elimination

We must eliminate, for example urinate and sweat, for toxins to be removed from the body. Making sure you have regular bowel movements may be more important then getting your liver to work more efficiently. Bowel transit time is a term that refers to how long it takes for food that you have consumed to end up in the toilet.

In a certain way, the body likes to recycle so if the transit time is really slow, the body will reabsorb the water, hormones, cholesterol and toxins and make it harder to have normal bowel movements.

Making sure you are hydrated and having a good balance of plant-based soluble and insoluble fiber in your diet is essential. Try eliminating dairy and gluten from your diet if you are chronically constipated, get checked for parasites and have a chiropractor see if your ileocecal valve (a sphincter between your small and large intestine) is stuck shut. A simple manipulation can open the valve and give great relief.

As part of the cleanse program I run at my office, our participants use our infrared sauna which enables sweating from below the skin’s surface. As the core body temperature elevates one to three degrees, the fat cells that store toxins soften up and chemicals and heavy metals are released through the sweat. Research shows that 20% of the sweat collected from using an infrared sauna contains toxins while only 3% of the sweat collected from traditional saunas contains toxins.

5 Things You Can do Right NOW to Support Your Body in Detoxifying

Hydrate your body. Drink about half your body weight in ounces of water. Coffee is not water and is dehydrating so take that into consideration.

If you are constipated, you must find a solution to moving your bowels at least once or twice a day. Drink water, and eat prunes and beets. Try Senna tea and make sure you are getting fiber in your diet. If you have tried all of these things and nothing has worked, consult with a doctor who can help you.

Green up. Alkalize your body by adding more green leafy vegetables to your diet. Eat salads, put greens in smoothies and sauté greens with olive oil and garlic for a delicious treat then add them to soups.

Eat cruciferous vegetables, especially Brussels sprouts and broccoli. Research shows that adding daily Brussels sprouts to the diet insures that circulating estrogens are broken down safely in the liver.

Whenever possible eat organic. Fewer toxins in means less work your body has to do to break down and eliminate them.

The original article was posted on the website, www.sixtyandme.com

Mindfulness Breakfast Cafe

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Mindful Breakfast Cafe

 

‘An experience in Mindful Eating and Self-Discovery’

 

Did you know you could eat in a way that promotes balance, choice, wisdom and passion?  If you didn’t, you may want to ask yourself these questions?

  • Would you like to create a powerful NEW relationship with food?
  • Are you tired of yo-yo dieting?
  • Can you feel when you are hungry and when you are full or have you lost those subtle cues?
  • Have you heard about mindfulness and are you ready to explore what it is and how it might transform your eating?
  • Want to enjoy a delicious, healthy, supportive breakfast, one that promotes relaxation and healing while learning to trust your body’s inner wisdom?

 

 If you answered YES to these questions, you will LOVE what we have for you!!

The Mindful Breakfast Café, Sunday                                                                                               Feb 28th, 9:30 to 11:30 am                                                                                                         Marblehead Natural Healing, 10 Spring Street, Marblehead                                           $42.00* 

*The price of the workshop includes: a deeper understanding of mindfulness and mindful eating; having a clearer picture of why mindful eating is important to your health; learning to discriminate between the actual need to eat and the need to respond to feelings in your body; discovering the sensory pleasures of eating and an opportunity to practice what you have discovered for yourself with a supportive, nourishing breakfast….and much more!

 

Hosted By: Dr. Devorah Feinbloom, Holistic Chiropractor, Transformational Kinesiologist, Health educator, creator of the Nutritional Re-Boot Camp Cleanse Program, and Mindfulness teacher.

with: Katie Ring, Holistic Chef and Transformational Nutrition Coach. Katie works people who want to learn how to start living their own dreams full out! Katie enjoys connecting with people in her community, teaching them how to use food as medicine and writing in her blog,
http://acompassionatechef.blogspot.com

We are committed to creating a safe space where you can discover your inner wisdom and empower yourself to take your health more deeply into your own hands. There is great power in learning from the inside out. We would be honored to take you on this journey!     

 

To register: 

Call 781-639-0010

Email: office@marbleheadnaturalhealing.com


Space is limited so please register early

Milk Thistle – the NEWEST uses for a great liver herb

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

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When we think of the number one herb that protects the liver from chemical damage, milk thistle or silymarin (Silybum marianum) will most likely come to mind. Silymarin is manufactured from milk thistle extract which contains flavanolignans (collectively known as silymarin), flavonoids and other compounds. The compounds in Silymarin, particularly the flavanolignans, work together to:

  • provide antioxidant activity
  • support healthy liver function and tissue integrity
  • protect liver tissue by supporting normal cellular defenses
  • aid in the elimination of normal toxin accumulation in the liver
  • support the normal processing of hormones in the body
  • support normal bile secretion
  • encourage healthy protein synthesis
  • support healthy skin
  • promote normal response to environmental stresses

In my practice I give silymarin to patients who take medication for pain and chemotherapy, patients pre and post surgery to protect the liver from the effects of anesthesia as well as supporting the liver to detox the anesthesia faster, patients with a fatty liver, cirrhosis and those who have hepatitis.

Recently, Kerry Bone, BSc, master herbalist and co-founder and head of research and development of Mediherb, reviewed the literature of clinical studies for the herb silymarin and found this herb to have clinic benefits “outside” the liver.

Silymarin was clinically proven to be valuable for:

1. Combating allergies such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and inflammation.

2. Fighting off inflammation in patients with painful knee osteoarthritis.

3. Enhancing the flow of mother’s milk (why should this be a surprise when the herb is called MILK thistle) without changing the the quality of the milk. The literature always says that herbs should not be taken when a mother is pregnant or lactating but in this case, it will be beneficial for those moms who need to increase the quantity of milk they produce. Think twins!

This week someone called my office to inquire about ways to help enhance her breast milk.  I sent her to Whole foods for a specific tea that I know works well and I found the synchronicity interesting that this research showed up in a recent chiropractic journal.  It is great to know that milk thistle, a trusted herb is so clinical versatile!!

 

 

 

Spring Clean and Sweat the Small Stuff for #BenStrong

Monday, May 18th, 2015

We want to let you know about a FUNDRAISER we are doing in our Marblehead office for a community member. Sometime last month Ben Farrar, a senior in high school and friend of my son, was on a school trip to France when at the beach, he dove in and hit his head, fractured his neck, and then took sea water in his lungs. He is now in a hospital in Nice, France sedated and no one is currently sure what the total extent of the damage will be from his head and neck injuries. He will be transported to Mass General Hospital as soon as his lungs have recovered. Many people in town are doing all sorts of fundraisers along with us to help defray medical costs. So for the month of May, anyone who uses our infrared sauna, 50% of the proceeds will be donated to help Ben.

INFRARED SAUNAS

Sauna Picture Infrared saunas are an effective tool for natural healing and prevention. Infrared light has the ability to penetrate 1 to 3 inches below the skin, which in turn produces a host of anti-aging health benefits making infrared saunas one of the “hottest” therapies for overall healthier living. If you want to get yourself back into balance, detoxify, reduce stress, increase your circulation, boost your metabolism or lose weight, an infrared sauna session can help kickstart the process.

 For the month of May, Marblehead Natural Healing at 10 Spring St. is donating 50% of all sauna sessions to the #BenStrong fund. Each session is $45.00 and discounted packages of 5 and 10 are available.

If you’ve been wanting to try out our sauna this is the perfect time to do so, as the benefit will be double- improving your health and providing critical support to a community member in a time of need!

 

Call today to book a session: 781-639-0010

or email office@marbleheadnaturalhealing.com

MARBLEHEAD NATURAL HEALING

10 SPRING STREET, MARBLEHEAD, MA 01945