Showing posts with label inflammation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label inflammation. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New York Herb School - Institute of Herbal Medicine & Nutrition. The Art of Healing with Herbs & Food.


     The New York Herb School - Institute of Herbal Medicine & Nutrition Offers Two Professional Certification Programs. A 6-Month Certification Program in Oriental Dietetics (The Art of Healing with Food) and a 12 - Month Certification Program Classical Chinese Herbology (The Art of Healing with Herbs). You can join the full programs or just take individual classes.




Professor Drew discussing the '5 Tastes of Food'
  
Our program in Classical Chinese Herbology encourages people from all walks of lifemedical professionals, laypeople, nutritionists, trainers, counselors, massage therapists and more—interested in improving their personal health and the health of their clients.

     The Five Element system of Chinese Medicine was developed by ancient sages who gave more attention to restoring the health of the body with herbs and healing foods and less attention to the treatment of disease. Their observations developed into a time-honored tradition of complete health care that has diagnosed, treated and prevented illness for well over 3,000 years.

     If you are a health care professional our programs are designed to de-mystify Chinese Herbalism and Oriental Dietetics for the western health care practitioner and give a working knowledge of terminology and protocols that can be successfully applied to complement your health care practice.

     Moreover, our training programs were created with an accessible format of classes meeting one weekend a month and includes both academic, online and clinical training in diagnosis, food therapy, and herbal treatment.

     The school offers an online pharmacy, private consultations, a student clinic, Support Groups (Wellness Circle), cooking classes, field trips, and an annual health retreat.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) :


Foods to Enhance the Detoxification Process



University of Ulster scientists revealed that eating watercress daily can significantly reduce DNA damage to blood cells, which is considered to be an important trigger in the development of cancer.

The research, published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that in addition to reducing DNA damage, a daily portion of watercress also increased the ability of those cells to resist further DNA damage caused by free radicals.



Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Dr. Shen's Hair Tonic



He Shou Wu

Long ago, old Mr. He became lost in the forest. Years later, those who found him were astonished. The old man's hair had turned from white to black. In order to sustain himself, he lived on the root of the common wild vine Polygoni Multiflori. Today, the plant bears his name, He Shou Wu (Old Mr. He) . In the West this root is known as Shou Wu or FoTi.


Modern day doctors of Oriental Medicine use this herb to strengthen the Blood and the Jing in order to treat alopecia, prevent premature hair loss or greying, and to regulate excessive aging. Dr. Shen's Shou Wu Pill contains only five years old or older, export grade (the highest) He Shou Wu (90%). Small amounts (5%) of premium Poria are added to enhance digestability and absorbtion. Chuanxiong (5%) is added as a messenger herb, to invigorate the He Shou Wu and direct the action of the formula upward to the head.


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Inflammation The Slient Killer

Professor Drew's Classroom - Inflammation The Silent Killer

Inflammation is a Secret or Silent Killer.  As we know from the research over the past several years, there is a surprising link between Inflammation and heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and many other diseases.
This was the cover of Time Magazine back in February 2004.  The article explains the link between chronic illness and inflammation as follows: 
Most of the time inflammation is a life saving procedure that allows the body to fight off infection from bacteria, virus and parasites. (Yes even in the industrial world we are constantly being bombarded by pathogens).  The instant any of these potentially deadly microbes slip into the body, inflammation marshals a defense attack that lays waste to both the invader and any tissue it may have infected.  Then just as quickly, the process subsides and healing begins.  Every once in a while, the whole feverish process doesn’t shut down on cue. In any event, the inflammation becomes chronic rather that transitory.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Why You Should Start Oil Pulling Today





Hello Everybody,
This is a great daily health practice.  Something I have been doing for the last 2 years.
Why You Should Start Oil Pulling Today.
 By Morgan Potts (see bio below)
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic method for detox and rejuvenation. It’s a simple practice, with quite remarkable results. Many have heard of it, but never actually dove in to try it. It definitely has a mystical and exciting vibe around it, which made me eager to try. But what exactly is it? What does it do?

In a (coco)nut shell:

To oil pull, simply swish your choice of unrefined, high quality oil in your mouth; similar to the way you would use a mouthwash. My favorite is coconut oil. This can be done anywhere from five to 20 minutes. The process attracts and removes bacteria, toxins, and parasites that live in your mouth or lymph system, and also pulls congestion and mucus from your throat and loosens up your sinuses, which is amazing! With the help of your saliva, all these scary undesirables bind with the oil, ready to be disposed of. Pulling also helps re-mineralize your teeth and strengthen your gums by thoroughly cleansing the area. This sounds good, right? But how exactly do you do it?

Traditionally, oil pullers used virgin sesame oil. The reason I prefer to use raw coconut oil is because it has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and enzymatic properties. This provides the added benefit of killing any unwanted bacteria that may be residing in the mouth, while leaving behind healthy probiotic strains. A perfect exchange!

To start, scoop ½ to 1 full tablespoon of oil into the mouth; if it’s cold, allow the oil to melt. Now push, swirl, and pull the oil between your teeth, around your gums, and allow it to touch every part of your mouth except your throat. You don’t want the oil getting in contact with your throat because it’s now carrying somewhat toxic material. No gargling!

Have fun with it, though! Hum a little song, or practice deep breathing through your nose. Allow this to be a sacred time. Enjoy the feeling of cleansing, the relaxation with the absence of talking. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of smiling with a mouth full of oil. Something about it just feels so right!

Once your time pulling is over, spit into the trash or toilet, but never the sink — the oil could solidify and clog your drain. Now rinse your mouth out with clean water two or three times. Finally, drink a glass of water and relax. You should be feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

Why You Should Start Oil Pulling Today
February 27, 2013 4:09 PM ES popular reason for oil pulling is to find relief from congestion in the sinuses and throat. It is unbelievable how quickly this happens! Immediately after rinsing, you will find yourself blowing your nose and clearing your throat. I have worked with people struggling with chronic sinus congestion who experienced relief unlike anything else, after oil pulling only once! Their condition improved and the congestion eventually went away completely.

I began pulling to benefit my gums and teeth, which used to be extremely sensitive. My gums strengthened, and teeth became much whiter! It also proved to be beneficial to my skin, which cleared up dramatically, and became bright and almost glowing. Swishing with coconut oil has also proven to be beneficial to those with skin disorders such as psoriasis, and is great for anyone who wants to detox and begin taking better care of their immune system.

Oil pulling can be done at any time of the day, but for a more thorough detox, its best to do this in the morning, before eating or drinking. If you are having a hard time fitting oil pulling into your routine, I’ve found a nice time to do this is while in the shower. This way, you aren’t counting the clock until the minutes are up; simply spit when your shower is done.

I hope you enjoy this healing, divine and sensual experience as much as I do. Love the oil. Love the process. Happy pulling.

Morgan Potts is a certified holistic health nutrition coach living in Rochester, NY. She is passionate about nutrition, its impact on happiness, and effect on the mind. Eating meals rich in unprocessed, whole and nutritious foods has renewed her life with feelings of health, vibrance and energy. With a specific focus on balance, conquering anxiety, and living with mindfulness, she teaches us to really slow down and experience life. 
Morgan received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, where she learned traditional nutrition philosophies and lifestyles. She works both locally, and over the phone with people from around the world. If you are interested in working with Morgan, talk with her today!


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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Detoxification & Rejuvenation - 7 & 14 Day Programs



Cleanse - Detox & Rejuvenation

Do you want to Feel Healthier and Have More Energy?
Should You Detoxify ?

Free 75 Page Booklet


ONLINE CLASSES


Classes Begin the 1st of Every Month.

Do you have trouble losing weight?
  • Do you have high cholesterol?
  • Do you have high blood pressure?
  • Do you have blood sugar problems?
  • Do you come from a family with diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity?
  • Do you feel tired?
  • Do you feel older than you are?
  • Do you eat non-organic and packaged foods?
  • Do you live near high traffic areas?
  • Do you have trouble sleeping?
  • Do you have environmental sensitivities or allergies?
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If you answered yes to any of these questions feel free to contact Professor Drew to set up a detox session where he will discuss how to detoxify gently, safely and effectively without any side effects.  Use contact form above.

Most detoxification programs out there today(for example, colon cleansing or supplement packages found online or in health food stores) can cause serious side effects and are not true detoxification.


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The 14-Day Rejuvenation Program

Drew combines the most current scientific research with Oriental Medicine, creating the safest and most effective way to cleanse your body, help you lose weight, and feel more energetic.
Now you can be guided through this 14 day cleanse with the support of a small group meeting once a week for 3 weeks. This safe cleanse will recharge, renew, and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit- an opportunity to look at your eating habits and make some healthy changes.


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Here is what you will get if you sign up for the 3 week program.
  • DETOXIFICATION MANUAL WHICH INCLUDES MEAL PLANS, RECIPES, AND EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
  • PERSONALIZED HERBAL FORMULA BASED ON PULSE AND TONGUE READING TO BALANCE YOUR INTERNAL ENVIRONMENT
  • SPECIFIC ANTIOXIDANTS TO SCAVENGE FREE RADICALS AND CLEAR HEAVY METALS
  • FIBER, ANTIMICROBIAL HERBS AND PROBIOTICS TO CLEANSE THE COLON
  • TAI CHI EXERCISES TO ENHANCE THE CLEANSING PROCESS

A free 1 hour session after the program finishes.

The program is ongoing.
$250 for full program
Bring a friend or two! You will get a $25 discount for each friend you bring.
(products not included)

You can have your own private detox.  Set up your private detox with Drew Tuesdays or Thursdays before 5PM or Saturdays 12-5PM

HealthyBody NYC
1133 Broadway at 26 Street, Suite 1023

To sign up for the 14-Day REJUVENATION PROGRAM with your own hours.


Remember,  you get one free private session with Drew if you sign up for the Detox Program.


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What people are saying about Drew:


“Drew’s 14-day cleanse and rejuvenation program is WONDERFUL! It has jump started my weight loss efforts by 13lbs, gave me more energy and made me more grounded. Drew has put together an excellent program that is easy to follow by using foods that you can acquire at your local market. Being a holistic health counselor, I have learned a great approach to helping my clients. If this is your first time thinking about doing a detox/cleanse or want to incorporate a detox program in your practice, I definitely recommend

Rick Panson

www.Eat4pH.com
“Before I met Drew, I experienced stomach bloating and a whole host of other gastrointestinal problems. after following the Healthy Living Program which included a variety of ancient Chinese herbs and healing foods, I look and feel more radiant. Thanks to Drew, I appreciate and listen to my body now.”

Rachel Isaacs, LCSW

“Drew’s knowledge of Chinese herbs and the 5 Elements is truly encyclopedic. You will reap great benefits from this class.”

Nita Renfrew,

Grail Reiki Master/Teacher, and graduate
of Drew’s one year study program for Health
Professionals

To Your Health

Professor Drew
Founder/Director
New York Institute of Herbal Medicine & Nutrition



Monday, December 31, 2012

Inflammation and Heart Disease

WORLD RENOWNED HEART SURGEON SPEAKS OUT ON WHAT REALLY CAUSES HEART DISEASE

We physicians with all our training, knowledge and au...thority often
acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience and having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.

I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labeled “opinion makers.” Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.

The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.

It Is Not Working!
These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.

The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.

Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.

Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.

Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.

Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defense to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process, a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.

What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.

The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.

Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. You kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.

Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.

While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.

How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?

Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.

When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.
What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.

While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator — inflammation in their arteries.
Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6’s are essential -they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell – they must be in the correct balance with omega-3’s.

If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.

Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.

To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.

There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.

There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them.

One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.

Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labeled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.

The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.

What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.

Dr. Dwight Lundell is the past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital , Mesa , AZ. His private practice, Cardiac Care Center was in Mesa, AZ. Recently Dr. Lundell left surgery to focus on the nutritional treatment of heart disease. He is the founder of Healthy Humans Foundation that promotes human health with a focus on helping large corporations promote wellness.

 To Your Health