2017.10.06 by Dr. Randy
Are you promoting your health in the best possible ways? It is helpful to periodically review your health plan. Look at specific areas of your lifestyle including your diet, sleep patterns, exercise, and relaxation. Review how you are treating health problems including medications and holistic care. And review your spiritual practices: relaxation, exposure to nature, and meditation/mindfulness.
Some of these personal practices are preventive, and some may be directed at problems, but the line between prevention and treatment can blur because many things that you do can serve both functions. Each of us can move in a direction of better health, despite the inevitability of aging for adults and our lack of control over some areas of our children’s lives.
Let’s talk about each of the areas that effect health and wellness in a little more detail. I have summarized them below, but I am happy to arrange a time to personalize a wellness program for you that considers your unique health patterns, your goals and priorities, and your busy life.
A range of holistic treatment forms have the ability to address imbalances and cure symptoms. These treatments include targeted nutritional supplements, homeopathic medicines, and Chinese and western herbal formulas. The goal of an individualized treatment plan is to increase the overall level of health and treat specific disease symptoms.
Diet adjustments and recommendations need to consider individual lifestyle, food preferences, food sensitivities, and cultural styles. Of course, a whole foods, natural diet is best, with a minimum of processed foods free of artificial chemicals. Different individuals have varying needs for specific amounts of protein, fat, and carbohydrates and other specific nutrients. So an individualized eating program is necessary for long term health.
There is no question that an exercise program is necessary to maintain healthy bodily functions, ensure good sleep, and foster mental focus and emotional well-being. For some people this may involve daily walking, and for others a more rigorous program of cardio, aerobics, sports, resistance training, yoga, or exercise classes. Children and adults need to keep their bodies moving.
Adequate and quality sleep are not always available to everyone. Young children wake parents, worries occur in the middle of the night, or some people have difficulty calming thoughts to fall asleep. There are excellent supplements and techniques to solve sleep problems and ensure good rest for alertness and energy the following day.
Relaxation training, meditation, and specific methods for focusing on the present moment are some of the techniques that can help achieve a more peaceful mental state. In our modern lifestyle where many people are bombarded by stressful situations, electromagnetic radiation, and a rushed, fast pace of life it is essential to take some time to slow down and become more centered. Getting out into nature has tremendous health benefits. But all of these activities require a time commitment and scheduling these into the daily flow of life.
Develop a Wellness Plan
I would love to help you develop your individualized wellness program. I am available for local office visits in the SF Bay Area or by phone or video consultation for those living at a distance. Let’s get you on track to create a higher level of well-being and health. I am happy to be your partner in creating and maintaining a wellness program that fits your life.
2017.09.25 by Dr. Randy
Don’t miss this opportunity to listen in on the 3-DAY SPECIAL ENCORE of the Thriving Child Summit!
Last week, my dear friend, Dr. Elisa Song, hosted a life-changing event – the Thriving Child Summit – that brought together over 40 of the world’s experts in holistic health and wellness to teach you how to help your children thrive.
I’ve had such amazing feedback from many of you on how inspired you’ve been to take action to help your children thrive. BUT, Dr. Song has informed me that due to circumstances beyond her control, some people never received any of her summit emails because YOUR email providers blocked them from ever reaching you in the first place! So Dr. Song is doing something AMAZING for all of you:
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- Feed your child to nourish their bodies and brains
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- Make detoxification a family lifestyle
- Create resilient kids for a lifetime
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2017.09.17 by Dr. Randy
Do you want to learn how to help your children thrive – body, mind, and spirit?
Then join my good friend Dr. Elisa Song, holistic mama doc, as she hosts the Thriving Child Summit – a landmark event bringing together over 40 of the world’s experts in holistic health and wellness, integrative medicine, nutrition, parenting, and mind-body medicine. Join a worldwide community of parents who are committed to raising thriving children and pursuing lives full of wellness and vitality for their whole family!
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The Thriving Child Summit is a free online conference made up of more than 40 video interviews with an amazing lineup of experts in holistic health and wellness that starts on Monday, September 18, 2017 and goes through Monday, September 25, 2017.
The Thriving Child Summit will teach you:
- The foundations for optimal children’s health.
- What to feed your kids (or avoid!) to nourish their bodies and brains.
- How to use natural medicines to avoid antibiotics and keep your child healthy.
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2017.09.11 by Dr. Randy
First colic, now teething. When will it stop? Some parents may wonder when they will finally see a full-time happy, contented baby. Other parents have no experience at all with fussiness. Some fussy baby symptoms reflect the individual child’s temperament. All children have their own styles of behavior, and these styles have been categorized. The behavior characteristics of babies that parents find most difficult are a high level of intensity of expression, difficulty adjusting to a new situation, and negative reactions. Easy babies tend to be mild in their emotional expression, adjust easily to change, and react positively to most stimuli.
Stress will intensify a child’s difficult temperament reactions, and teething is a major stressor for some babies. Teething has the ability to intensify digestive disturbances, immune system reactions, and, of course, nervous system reactivity. Teething can be accompanied by diarrhea, cold symptoms, fevers, and lots of fussiness.
Babies at about four months will typically begin drooling and putting their fists into their mouths to chew on them. These expressions may be interpreted as teething by parents, and babies may experience discomfort as teeth move through the gums, but usually baby’s teeth do not begin showing at the gum line until six months or later. Some children will not get any teeth until well past their first birthday.
The purpose of teeth is to bite and chew food, though your baby may have other ideas. If your baby decides to use mom’s nipple as a teething toy, take a firm tone and instruct her to stop. If you take away the nipple when she bites, she will soon get the idea that the breast is still just for sucking. The best teething device is a frozen banana. Peel a banana, slice it lengthwise, and cut it into pieces that your baby can hold. The combination of the cold on her gums, the sweetness, and the chewy texture holds her interest and soothes the discomfort.
Another helpful device to have at home for teething and just for feeding purposes is a mesh bag feeder. This device is called the Baby Safe Feeder, essentially a ring with a small mesh bag attached that holds frozen fruit (mango, peach, grapes, etc.) and a handle for baby that screws onto the ring all BPA-free). You can find these online by searching for Baby Safe Feeder.
I do not recommend plastic teething rings, or other plastic chew toys because of the chemicals that leach from the plastics. There is no need for teething gels, painkillers, or combination homeopathic tablets with teething.
Usually a dose of homeopathic Chamomilla will help soothe your baby during fussy periods. The Chinese herbal formula Quiet Calm (Chinese Modular Solutions) is also effective in calming a baby upset by teething, and can be ordered by your medical provider.
2017.08.17 by Dr. Randy
The sugars contained in fresh, natural foods are adequate to provide for everyone’s energy needs. Nonetheless, people like sweet tastes. If you must have additional sweets in your diet, here is a review of your options. Or you can skip to the bottom line at the end of this article.
No one should eat added sugars on a regular basis. Many books have been written about the dangers of sugar consumption and its ability to depress the immune system, impede cellular function, and stimulate the overgrowth of candida (yeast). Sugars and other carbohydrates stimulate excess insulin production that results in storage of sugars in fat cells, wildly fluctuating blood sugar reactions, and an increased incidence of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Excess sugar consumption interferes with the body’s absorption of minerals (calcium and magnesium), raises cholesterol levels, and causes allergies, kidney damage, high blood pressure, and a host of other problems. This knowledge has led to the concept of low carbohydrate diets to control weight and prevent and cure disease.
Refined sucrose made from plants (beets or cane) is depleted of vitamins and minerals. The refining process also adds several potentially toxic chemicals (bleaches and stabilizers). Natural sugars in the form of raw sugar, rice syrup, malt syrup, and raw honey are purported to have more nutritional value and they have less added toxic ingredients, but do nothing to reduce the deleterious effects of eating sugar. Brown sugar is refined sugar with added molasses. Sucrose is 50% fructose and 50% glucose.
High fructose corn syrup is 20 times sweeter than sucrose, cheaper to make, and convenient for food manufacturers because it retains moisture and blends well with other ingredients. The free fructose in corn syrup interferes with the heart’s use of minerals, depletes the ability of white blood cells to defend against infections, and raises cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Fructose inhibits the hormones that make us feel full (insulin and leptin), and it triggers the hormone that makes us feel hungry (ghrelin). Children do much better on diets free of corn syrup. Many commercial, sweet, processed food products contain high fructose corn syrup. These products include candy, soda, energy bars, sweetened yogurt, energy drinks, and baked desserts.
Honey should be used only in its raw form because the heating process destroys enzymes and vitamins natural to the honey. Honey stimulates insulin production with the same mechanism as other forms of sugar. Do not give honey to infants under 12 months of age because of their inability to defend themselves against botulinum spores that may contaminate honey.
Stevia is an herb native to Paraguay. It has no calories and manufacturers claim that the plant actually has health benefits. It contains vitamins and minerals. It lowers high blood pressure, discourages bacterial growth, and improves digestion. Some people object to its mildly bitter taste, but others find it perfectly palatable. Some brands are more bitter than others. Try KAL brand Stevia extracts (liquid or powder).
Maple syrup made from the sap of maple trees is up to 60 percent sucrose. It is essential that consumers use certified organic maple syrup because of the danger of chemical residues from forests sprayed with pesticides. Additionally, many maple syrup producers use formaldehyde pellets in the sap holes to prevent the holes from closing and formaldehyde in holding tanks as a preservative. Chemical anti-foaming agents may also be added to non-organic maple syrup.
Agave syrup is about 50 fructose. The commercial forms of agave syrup (or nectar) are highly processed and devoid of any health benefits of the agave plant or its extract.
Malt syrup is made from barley and contains primarily maltose, which is less than half as sweet as sucrose. Rice syrup is made from barley and rice. Date sugar is simply ground, dehydrated dates. Coconut (Palm) sugar is a refined form of palm tree sap. It does have some minerals, but does not seem any safer than other refined sweeteners, although it usually has less additives than commercial, white refined sugar. Health food products often contain these natural sweeteners in packaged products.
Sugar alcohols (-ol)
Xylitol is a five-carbon rather than a six-carbon sugar (glucose, fructose). The body produces several grams of xylitol every day, and ingested xylitol is converted to glucose. Many bacteria cannot metabolize xylitol, and its presence is harmful to some bacteria. For that reason it is promoted in toothpastes and sugar-free chewing gum to prevent plaque build-up and cavities. It contains the same number of calories as sucrose, but is absorbed more slowly. Sugar alcohols do raise blood sugar levels, though not as much as sugar. Stomach cramping and diarrhea are potential side effects of xylitol and other sugar alcohols. Sugar alcohols draw water into the intestines. For this reason they can also promote dehydration and loss of electrolytes. Eating a large amount of sugar alcohol-sweetened food and then exercising could create problems with muscle cramping and heat stroke.
Sorbitol and Mannitol contain six-carbons like fructose and glucose, but with an additional hydroxyl (alcohol) group that make them independent of insulin metabolism. Sorbitol is a natural ingredient contained in many fruits that have the potential to cause diarrhea (prunes, apples, pears, peaches).
Artificial sweeteners seek to provide the sweet taste of sugar without raising blood glucose levels. These alternatives to sugar tend to be hundreds of times sweeter than sucrose. Their safety has always been a matter of controversy. Studies have both identified saccharine (Sweet ‘N Low) as a carcinogen and also exonerated saccharine as safe. However US government reports of known carcinogens have continued to include saccharine in their lists since 1981. Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal) has been roundly condemned by many sources as a dangerous toxin capable of inducing hundreds of symptoms. It has been affectionately nicknamed Nutradeath. Besides causing headaches, allergic reactions, and symptoms that mimic autoimmune diseases, aspartame causes the accumulation of formaldehyde in the brain and other tissues, which can cause damage to the nervous system and immune system.
Because of the negative publicity about these sugar-free sweeteners, other alternatives have been developed. The newest kid on the block is sucralose (Splenda).
Sucralose is made by chlorinating sugar (sucrose). Three chlorine atoms substitute for three hydroxyl groups. Although Johnson & Johnson, the makers of Splenda, claim that sucralose is not absorbed by the body, the FDA has determined that up to 27 percent of ingested sucralose is absorbed. Other chlorinated molecules, such as the chlorinated pesticide DDT, are accumulated in body fat. Similarly, up to 30 percent of absorbed sucralose is metabolized and concentrated in the liver and kidney. Research in animals has shown that sucralose can result in shrunken thymus glands (up to 40 percent shrinkage), enlarged liver and kidneys, reduced growth rate, and decreased fetal body weight. No long term or independent studies on sucralose have been conducted on humans, and no organizations are monitoring health effects. Many individuals have reported adverse effects of sucralose, including anxiety, panic attacks, headaches, nerve, joint and chest pain, allergic type reactions, and diarrhea.
The bottom line
Get most of your sugar from whole foods (fruits, vegetables, grains). If you need to use a sweetener, the best forms are raw honey, stevia, and date sugar. Acceptable sweeteners are organic maple syrup, coconut sugar, xylitol, and sorbitol. Avoid corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, and use refined sugar very sparingly.