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Peel Away a Decade

Maybe it’s because another birthday is around the corner. Maybe because I see friends whom I have not seen in 30 days. Maybe because it is a passion of mine and something I have devoted the past 2 decades in terms of helping others. Yes, this is the one. . . .

In any event, anti-aging continues to be a growing field. Some of the methods are new and innovative while others have a long history of success. This one has history.

Peel away a decade from your face simply by using. . . . .rice.

Rice is a grain that is a rich source of linoleic acids, a powerful antioxidant that aids the collagen production in the skin. It is known as the anti-wrinkling substance as well as a protector from the rays of the sun.

Rice has other health benefits including:

  • Strengthens the spleen which promotes the production of blood
  • Help with immunity
  • Good source of Vitamin E
  • Aids in digestion

While it is certainly beneficial when eaten, here is a unique and creative way to use it topically for additional benefits. Doing this IN COMBINATION with Doc Wellness Supplement can turn the appearance of your face as much as a solid decade or more.

Here is how to go about using it. Firstly, get the following:

  • 4-5 tablespoons rice
  • 1 tablespoon milk – goat’s milk or organic cow’s milk
  • 1 tablespoon of raw, locally produced honey

Now the simple preparation:

  1. Boil the rice in the fashion that you would normally do
  2. After you boil the rice, strain it and put aside the water in which the rice boiled.
  3. Heat the milk and add to the rice. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Next up, add the honey and stir. It should be a viscous paste now.
  5. Keep it warm (the paste) but not too hot to injure the skin in any fashion. Apply on the skin and leave it for a good 15 minutes.
  6. Take off and wash face with the “rice water;” that is, the water that you boiled the rice in.
  7. Be sure you have taken your two doses of Doc Wellness Supplement as well.

In terms of the rice-mask, twice weekly is the recommended.

Special note: Even after the first time, you will both notice and feel a difference.  The major impact comes after 60 days.

The (Literal) Path to Creativity

There are pathways on the body that are associated with moving energy. Each has an organ connected with it and anywhere from 1 to 3 pathways connected. For example, the heart meridian has 3 branches – one goes to the small intestine, one to the tongue and one to the pinkie finger. (Side note, stuttering and the inability to “find the right words” are associated with an imbalance of the heart meridian.)

Many people have at least heard of them. What is not popularly known are the 8 Extras or 8 Extraordinary Meridians. They have odd sounding names like the “Dai Mo” or the “Yang QiaoVessell.” They are shrouded in mystery to a good extent.

On one level, they are considered the overflow place; that is when the main meridians are filled to the maximum with energy, the excess is stored in the 8 extras. Additionally, they guard the body against disease and are considered part of the protective energy.

But on a much deeper level, this is where unique skills, latent talents, and emotional healing occur.

In this case, there is one simple exercise that when done on a regular basis, can provide dramatic results for improvement in creativity and clarity.

If you find the base of the skull, directly in the center, where the (posterior) hairline would be and consider this Point A. Now, find the point about the size of a quarter in the center of the forehead between the 2 eyebrows. Consider this Point B.

Starting at Point A, imagine a thin flexible tube going from Point A to Point B, from the back of the hairline to the forehead. Using your imagination, intention and your breath, move the energy from Point A to Point B. As you do so, say to yourself, “Creativity.”

Now, from Point B (forehead), send the energy back over to Point A saying “Clarity.”

If possible, it is best to say the words in a soft tone, out loud. It is as if you are whispering to a person next to you.

From Point A to B and back to A is considered one loop. Do this 9 times. Over the course of as little as 2 days, you will notice a significant difference. Do this for 30 days and the change will be dramatic.

Essentially what you are doing is directly the energy via breath and intention to the areas that stimulate creativity and clearness of thought. It would be akin to watering a plant.

The method is simple but in the simplicity exists incredible results. I have used this many, many times to write speeches, articles and to pass examinations. I have taught this to musicians who soon found “just the right note” and writers who cleared writer’s block.

It only takes a few minutes at most. Practice and commit to it. Then let me know what results YOU produce!

Successfully Dealing with Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the worst feelings in the world. That sensation of worry and unease gets mixed in with the anticipation of a negative outcome about an event. Other times, it is simply the unknown creating a nightmare-like scenario. Even though there are times we know it is in our minds, the fact is a sizable portion may, in fact, be in our chemistry.

In Natural Medicine, each major organ not only has physiological functions associated with it, but they also have specific emotions. So when an organ is “weaker” or imbalanced in some form or fashion, the given emotion can come to the forefront. In other words, at times, we are at the mercy of our own chemistry.

Anxiety is considered a variation of fear. The organ that is responsible for fear (and courage) are the Kidneys. The kidneys are part of the urinary system. Their physiological purpose is to filter wastes from the blood and excrete them (along with water). When the organs are weaker than what they should be, problems such as low back pain, problems with the bones, knees, and ankles, hair, memory loss and yes, fear/anxiety come into play.

Please note that Natural Medicine is not nearly as cut and dry as standard care. Terms are used a little more freely and variations are commonplace. Thus, the use of “weakness” does not necessarily mean any time of (diagnosable) disease(s). It simply means that the organs should be stronger and when they are not, anxiety can result.

What weakens the kidneys? There are several factors:

  • Hereditary weakness. Think genetics in this instance. Some people are unfortunately dealt a tough hand. There are substances and methods that can help but it is an uphill battle.
  • Excessive sexual activity. Pretty self-explanatory.
  • Chronic Illness(es). Those who suffer from any type of chronic illness(es) will invariably weaken the kidney energy.
  • Overwork. Those who push it hard – 50-60 hours a week in the office for example – will find that the kidney energy will weaken over time, leading to many health and energy issues.

As mentioned, when the kidney energy weakens, anxiety is often expressed. A person is at the mercy of their chemistry. When this energy is weak, the anxiety will usually be experienced as vague or unknown and phrases such as “Nothing in particular happened. I just feel anxious.”

(It should be noted that this type of anxiety is different than an anxiety attack. From a Natural Health stand point, an anxiety attack is typically the result of a blood vessel being damaged from a trauma. Vitamin E taken on a regular basis can often alleviate the typical signs and symptoms of this type of anxiety.)

What Can Be Done?

The great news is that there is much hope for individuals suffering from anxiety. Correct the chemistry and most of the time, the “true” personality shows itself. The confident, happy, joyful person rises like the Phoenix, now that the body has strengthened and repaired itself.

One of the best and safest substance to use for long term anxiety, in particular, is called Fo-Ti. It is an inexpensive herb that can be found in most health stores. As mentioned, it is safe and strengthens the kidney energy, thus alleviating many (all?) of the signs and symptoms of anxiety.

Additionally, one can experience side-benefits of increased energy, improved skeletal health, alleviation of joint pains and other healthy-aging benefits. (It should be noted that I have treated 1000s of patients and have never seen a negative reaction from this particular substance.)

The kidneys by nature like to be kept warm. Therefore, herbs such as ginger and cinnamon are very nourishing and healthy for them. Keeping ice cold drinks and cold foods lower in volume is also recommended.

Life can be challenging enough without compounding it by having to deal with issues such as anxiety. Fortunately, with some effort and time, the body in its infinite wisdom, can heal and correct itself. When it does, such negative feelings have a tendency to dissipate. Courage, anxiety (and fear) counterpart will make its way into your life. Watch the real changes then!

Most Drink It. Is THIS What is Adding Weight?

For starters, it has a tendency to leech minerals and trace minerals from both the bones and the teeth.

Look at your teeth, particularly the upper 2 front ones? Do they appear a little “clear” on the bottom (the contact surface area)? If so, there could be a problem.

It also may be THE thing that is the source of weight gain and/or the inability to lose weight.

What is being referred to here is the drinking of carbonated beverages.

While the fizz (the actual carbonation itself) of carbonated drinks such as soda or mineral water including Perrier and others,  is not a direct contributor to weight gain, add in the amount of sugar that is included or worse, the artificial sweeteners and now you have unwanted pounds and the inability to lose them.

As a general rule, non-carbonated drinks are much healthier. In addition to the 2 factors mentioned – added sugar and the fact that the carbonation pulls minerals and trace minerals from the system – many of these drinks have added citric acid into the mix. This substance in this form is quite unhealthy to the teeth and even the bones.

Pass of the fizz. There are just so many other healthy options, why risk it.

 

Why the “Fat Gene” Really Does Not Matter

The gene called FTO and it is found in chromosome number 16. If you inherited it, you are bound to be overweight or so the recently-written stories go. A closer look tells a new story.

University of North Carolina researchers reviewed over 50 genetic studies of nearly a quarter million people. They studied various factors involving the FTO gene and found some interesting information out along the way.

For starters, do you exercise regularly? Great! You just offset the effects of this gene by at least 30%.

Secondly, researchers noted that being born with FTO does not guarantee a life of obesity (as was reported). In fact, those who have this gene only carry about 6 1/2 pounds extra versus those who do not.

Best of all, experts in the field say that genetic factors contribute to only about five percent of all cases of obesity. Maybe even less.

Doc’s Thoughts: Every single diet or healthy way of eating has 5 characteristics:

  1. Drink more water.
  2. Eat more green leafy veggies or greens in general.
  3. Eat more foods that contain healthy fats.
  4. Avoid sugar.
  5. Exercise regularly and live with passion. (I know. Technically this is not under the category of “eating” but fits here nevertheless.)

It is RARE that those who do not follow this have obesity issues. As this and other research is showing, genetics play a much lesser role as compared to behavior.

5 Supplements to Avoid

When you think of hype and “over the top” promotion, usually pharmaceuticals come to mind. However, supplements are not immune. While there are some that I do not recommend because quite frankly, they do not work or work well, those listed below can be dangerous.

Here are 5 that despite the press, should be avoided.

  1. Colloidal silver has been suggested as an alternative to antibiotics and a cancer preventive. Its origins are from the days when royalty would drink from silver cups and was said to be healthier, the reasons have more to do with sanitation and quality of food versus silver. The short and sweet of it is is that the human body. Short-term use can cause skin discoloration and long-term use can produce neurological problems, kidney damage and fatigue.
  2. Yohimbe. Having taken it once, I thought I was having a heart attack. It is a horrible substance. Yohime comes from the bark of an African tree and is claimed to be used for fat loss, increased energy and was the original “viagra.” In my experience with patients and the aforementioned incident, it does not do anything for fat loss or energy. Plus the side effects are just not worth it.
  3. Aconite is the coldest and one of the most poisonous plants in the entire Materia Medica. It is used to treat arthritis, inflammation and migraine headaches. Again, with the potential side effects AND the fact there are much healthier and safer alternatives, it is just not worth it.
  4. Country Mallow. Sounds like a harmless herb you would find in the south. However, it contains ephedrine, a potentially dangerous stimulant banned by the FDA. Same story here — safer, better alternative make this herb useless.
  5. Germanium. In the 90s, this substance was the “rising, new star” for immune problems. It is a trace element used to make devices. It was claimed to be the end of cancer. No more comments needed here.

As you can see, there is a specific theme with the aforementioned. There are safer and more effective treatments for all of the above.

See advice before even considering substance such as these and others. Order a Virtual Doc Wellness Visit. For a small fee, this can save a great deal of pain, time and money in the long run.

Is Marijuana Really Helpful?

This post is not about discussing the legal or potentially legalization of marijuana. Nor will it have anything to do with the moral aspect. It is about whether or not marijuana has the medicinal value that some are claiming.

The health benefits of marijuana are controversial. Proponents state that it can help alleviate the effects of glaucoma, can possibly decrease the severity of some seizures, may decrease anxiety and may even stop the spread of some cancers. These claims are interesting but most are in their infancy in terms of actual proof.

On the flip side, there is strong evidence that this “harmless” drug may, in fact, be quite problematic. Here are some facts:

  1. The smoke from marijuana (cigarettes) is 3-4 times stronger compared to tobacco. Thus, it may have the same problems — emphysema and other lung diseases, weakened immunity and cancer – that is associated with tobacco.
  2. The residue from smoked marijuana has a tendency to accumulate on brain cells. They form a “sticky” substance akin to molasses making it very difficult for brain cells to both send and receive various neurotransmitters. It is similar to trying to put a key into the keyhole that is filled with taffy.  Also, scientists have stated that one marijuana cigarette takes as long as one full year to be completely removed from the system.
  3. A new study from the American College of Cardiology states that marijuana can be problematic in terms of heart health. Factors include a 26% in strokes and heart failure. According to prior studies, heart muscle cells have “cannabis receptors” which impact the muscle‘s ability to contract.
  4. Perhaps the strongest reason to avoid the use of marijuana to treat medical disorders is that marijuana may cause the acceleration or aggravation of the very disorders it is being used to treat. Smoking marijuana regularly – defined as 1 joint a day –  damages the cells in the bronchial passages which protect the body against inhaled microorganisms and decrease the ability of the immune cells in the lungs to fight off fungi, bacteria, and tumor cells.
  5. According to research from Harvard Medical School, “Marijuana has long been known to trigger attacks of mental illness, such as bipolar (manic-depressive) psychosis and schizophrenia.”

Given the legalization in a few states, the future trend is in this direction for more states to follow. Hopefully, both sides of the argument will be reviewed so a person can make the most informed choice.

Why So Much Mistrust and Anger

In the past several years, there has been a mounting ocean of anger, frustration, and overall mistrust. People are irritated about . . . .well. . . .name the topic and you will find someone, somewhere, furious about something. It is akin to an “emotional virus.”

From politics to economics to entertainment, the past several years have lead to an overflow of emotion. These days worldwide, it has only gotten worse.

Why?

You can make a list that will cover several pages and be 99% accurate. But this is the surface, the branch. What is the root cause?

My answer may surprise you. It is this: technology.

I am not an anti-technology person by any means. My business would not exist in its current form without technology. My life in some ways is more comfortable because of said technology.

The problem is that technology has replaced inter-personal communication and skills. In other words, somewhere along the computerized road, we stopped genuinely talking to each other.

Stop by a coffee shop or take a walk in downtown Disney (or anywhere for that matter) and look at how many are fiddling on the smartphone and how few are sitting across from one another, without distractions, talking. Yes, genuinely talking.

 

In other words, somewhere along the computerized road, we stopped genuinely talking to each other.

 

The art of conversation has become a dying craft. It has been replaced by texting, tweeting and emailing. Proper English (of whatever language(s) you speak) has been replaced by series of growing abbreviations. Emojis have replaced pure emotional expression. In short, real is not real anymore.

Take it a step further. Agree with what you just read? Then it must be true. Disagree. Then it has to be “fake news.” If there is disagreement, just hide behind the keyboard and be as rude and crass as your vocabulary will allow. After all, we dare not speak to one another’s face.

What if it really is “fake news?” So what. There is no accountability, just collusion.  When was the last time a network both admitted an error and made restitution for it?!

End Result

All of this has had an unhealthy effect on the liver. Emotions have a tendency to gather here and the end result is a lack of energetic and emotional flow. Things get stuck and when they get stuck, they eventually explode. Hence, what we are seeing now.

Eyes and eye health correlate with the liver and staring incessantly at one screen or another creates disharmony with this organ (not to mention unhealthy for the eyes). More gasoline on the fire.

The Cure

Want to cure obesity in the youth? Restrict computer/smartphone/gaming time. Sitting is the “new smoking;” that is, the deleterious effects that smoking causes are disturbingly similar to the deleterious effects that lack of movement (re: sitting) has as well.

Want to cure obesity in adults? Restrict computer/smartphone/TV time. Go find a friend. Go make a friend. Have a conversation. A real, uninterrupted, all-phones-off conversation.

Want to cure virtually everything? Befriend someone and carry on a conversation. Let someone know that at least one person on this planet cares about them. They don’t give a damn which smartphone they are using and if they are on snapchat. They care about what is happening in their life.

(Re-) learn to speak and express in a genuine fashion, not through the distraction of a computer. Unplug from the harshness. Don’t just walk away from an argument, refuse to initiate or ever engage in one to begin with, certainly not one where you can hide behind a keyboard and be a fake hero.

Communication leads to community. It is a cure for virtually everything. In a world that is increasingly surreal and plastic, your ability to communicate with another will be the most real thing you will ever do.

 

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Top 3 Foods to Stabilize Blood Sugar

Keeping the blood sugar in a healthy range is one of the major keys for overall health and wellness and THE key for losing weight. Due to the overconsumption of processed foods and sugar, along with a lack of exercise, blood sugar problems have increased to disturbing levels.

Here are the top 3 foods that when consumed regularly, can health keep the blood sugars in the healthy range:

 

  1. Dark Green, leafy vegetables. They may not be everyone’s favorite, but the benefits are simply outstanding. Examples include broccoli, spinach, and arugula. They are also good sources of fiber plus are high in vitamin C. Plus. Studies have shown that eating vegetables can help prevent diabetes
  2. Beans and legumes. Name the variety of beans and legumes and the answer is the same – they are healthy! Beans and legumes are rich in folic acid, magnesium, potassium and soluble fiber, the latter which can go a long way to help with diabetes “treament.”
  3. Cabbage. You may not have thought of this one but cabbage is high in fiber and low in calories – the ideal combination. Cabbage is one of the best substances for stabilizing blood-sugar levels because it converts to sugar at a slow rate within the body.

Slowly but surely, work these substances into your diet. You need not eat huge amounts, particularly if you are not fans of the taste but the effort you make will go a long way to finding your ideal wellness state.

The Doc Wellness Way to Detox Your Major Organs: Part 1

Let us begin with the organ that is responsible for over 300 known functions. It is also the organ associated with 2 types of vision:

  1. “I can easily read that sign” type of vision.
  2. “I finally can SEE options in my life.” A type of inner vision.

This organ also deals with the emotions of anger, frustration, and depression. Feeling “blue.” Address this organ and your natural state of happiness and joy will have a tendency to shine forth.

Problems with ligaments and tendons? This organ is responsible.

Keep it healthy and all of the above will be addressed as well. The organ of which I speak is the Liver.

There are a number of ways and a number of substances which can greatly help the liver either remain strong or if congested, clear the “blockages” and get the energy flowing again.

Here are the top 3 examples:

  1. Lemon. Anything and everything lemon. The taste – sour – is associated with keeping the liver healthy. Starting the day with some lemon water will go a long way toward overall health of the liver.
  2.  Castor oil packs. The liver is located on the right side of the upper torso, just below the chest/breast area. Rub some castor oil on the skin, put a dry towel over it and then a hot pack or heating pad. Pick up your favorite book or pop in the latest episode of Sherlock and relax for about 45 minutes. Castor oil helps improve the functioning of the liver, detoxes this organ and elevates the immune system.
  3. This is a partial list of the most commonly used herbs for detoxifying the liver: milk thistle, burdock root, dandelion root. They are listed in order of strength starting with most potent down to mildest. If you are concerned about a strong reaction, consider starting with one of the above in tea form. They are much more gentle and can ease your way into a healthy detoxification.

There are many, many other methods but these are the ones that I have most the most effective, having treated 1000s of patients over the years.

If you are uncertain when or how to begin, call, text or email me. We can set up a personalized Doc Wellness Visit.

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