Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Tue, November 11, 2014 00:00
Researchers have speculated for some time that the myelin degradation seen in MS is due, at least in part, to autoimmune activity against the nervous system. Recent work presented at the MS Boston 2014 Meeting suggests that this aberrant immune response begins in the gut. Read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Mon, November 10, 2014 00:00
This news is pretty darn cool! Researchers have found that a particular good bacteria found in yogurt can help remove arsenic and mercury. Read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Fri, November 07, 2014 00:00
Multiple sclerosis can be a devastating disease if it progresses. Researchers have found that MS rates are lower closer to the equator where it is sunny. New research shows that MS may be prevented with a whole food diet, that helps one avoid "leaky gut", read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Thu, November 06, 2014 00:00
Well researchers have found out what we already know, such as that bird of a feather flock together. If you tend to eat with heavy friends you will tend to make choices that may make you heavy as well. Keep in mind that you can also influence your friends more positively by eating more healthfully. Sharing food when you get together that is tasty and healthy. Look at it more positively and influence your friends by setting a good example.
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Wed, November 05, 2014 00:00
In the clinic we don't often recommend people eat most of their meals on the run or eat out. Simply because fast foods tend to lead to weight gain due to high fat, sugar, glycemic and chemical laden foods being ingested. Researchers believe that families that dine together provides opportunities for emotional connections among family members, the food is more likely to be healthy and adolescents may be exposed to the parental model of healthy eating behaviour. Read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in Discussions at Tue, November 04, 2014 00:00
In the clinic, we let our clients decide whether they want to take the flu shot. However, flu shots contain a lot of chemicals most scientists would not ingest if they were paid to! One is thimerisol, which is a mercury based mineral, another is formaldehyde. Here is an interesting post on eight good reasons to avoid the flu shot. In my personal circle, one of my friend's son developed narcolepsy from taking the flu shot. It is quite devastating for him since he cannot ever get a driver's licence or swim alone. This is enough to scare any parent. In the Caruso Clinic we recommend the homeopathic alternative which has no side effects. We may also recommend correcting any nutritional barriers to good health such as being low in vitamins or minerals like zinc, vitamin A or C for example. For more information on how ot support your immune system this fall and winter, contact us.
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in Discussions at Mon, November 03, 2014 00:00
Are You Going to Drown in Your Own Wishing Well?
Would you like to prevent the major killers of our time such as heart disease and cancer, preserve your mental faculties well into your senior years and live pain free with more energy? Most of us would respond with a proverbial "hell ya". Yet many people have tools to keep their health in good order but don't commit to lasting healthy changes. Why is it that some get that spark and act and others are still contemplating?
Being a health professional for the past 15 years, we can predict how health issues like diabetes, food sensitivities, fatty liver, smoking, alcoholism, drug abuse, poor diet, being sedentary and/or obesity, can lead to another slew of health problems if left unattended. Certain lifestyle choices also create patterns for positive or ill health. In the clinic, I often see successful, educated, women with health issues, who have "given themselves away". They strive to be everything for everyone. They wear so many hats, cook, mother, nurse, mechanic, cleaner, chauffer, the list goes on. They let their own needs fall to the wayside. They lose sight of what really matters. When they get a moment to breathe, they typically crash and burn. They are fatigued, catch colds, coughs and flu, have back aches, joint pains, hormonal imbalances, anxiety, depression etc. They become the "wishing well" because they wish they were well. They have lost sight of what is most important whilst being caught up in the hustle and bustle of life.
People who make significant, lasting changes to their lifestyle have a trigger that inspires change. It may be an illness, pain or discomfort of some kind (mental, physical or emotional), a milestone (like turning 50, becoming pregnant and/or grandmother) or another revelation. An exercise that can help you to become motivated to change, is think about your health issue. Write down what it is you want to achieve and why you want it. Then divide your page in half and write down on one side what your life will look like when you achieve your goal. On the other side write about what your life will look like if you don't change or the problem doesn't go away.
In doing this we can see there may be a good reason to take action. Make copies of this sheet and put it up around the house so you can see it.
If someone doesn't find their health issue a problem, they will not take action, period. This unmotivated person can drive their loving parent or spouse crazy. However, helping them to identify the meaningful ways that their life may improve, can help them to move from contemplation to action and out of the proverbial wishing well.
One of my clients made me so proud. She emailed me to tell me that she had dove into the "Blast the Fat" program, a five week weight loss program that teaches people how to lose weight for their metabolism and be healthy by eating whole foods. After her first week she dropped 10.6 pounds. She made her first step because she decided that her weight was an issue causing her more pain then pleasure. Another client's mother totally turned around her family's diet by eating mostly whole foods and eliminating food sensitivities because she could not tolerate her daughter suffering with constipation and stomach aches. Her action was a healthy overhaul of their kitchen. Another amazing lady who inspires me, actually reversed some of her Parkinson's symptoms by being consistent with clean eating, taking supplements and focusing on her spiritual practice.
People have to decide for themselves what matters most, focus on it and take action. In the clinic we work one on one to create a unique program of care, that helps remove barriers to good health. If your health issues need to change we have tools that will target your unique needs. Move towards your goals and focus is vital on self care!
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Fri, October 31, 2014 00:00
Vitamin D may help reduce breast cancer risk, and it may even help women already diagnosed in their fight against the disease. According to a meta-analysis of five studies published in the March 2014 issue of Anticancer Research, patients diagnosed with breast cancer who had high vitamin D levels were twice as likely to survive when compared with those who had low levels of vitamin D. This analysis studied more than 4,500 breast cancer patients over a nine-year period. Read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Thu, October 30, 2014 00:00
Researchers are coming closer to understanding how our gut or gastrointestinal tract's flora can influence our mood. Not only does our gut manufacture hormones and neurotransmitters that control our mood and hormones, apparently the bacteria that resides in our gut is an area of research for scientists. They are coming closer to understanding just how our flora influences us. Read on.
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Wed, October 29, 2014 00:00
The Mediterranean diet along with supplemental extra-virgin olive oil and nuts could help reverse metabolic syndrome, Spanish researchers say in a study that was published Tuesday. Some 25% of adults suffer from metabolic syndrome, which increases their risk of stroke, heart disease and diabetes. The disease itself is the result of a combination of at least three of the following symptoms: high blood pressure, blood sugar, triglycerides, low HDL-cholesterol and obesity. Read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Tue, October 28, 2014 00:00
One of the largest microbiome-focused studies to date has identified several distinct microbial species and communities that correlate with both the presence and severity of Crohn’s disease. The findings, which analyzed the microbiome of 447 treatment-naive pediatric patients with Crohn’s disease and 221 without the condition, could pave the way for microbiome-based diagnostics and therapies for the illness, one expert said. Read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Mon, October 27, 2014 00:00
In the latest study, researchers from the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke found that adhering to a combination of five key healthy behavior is tied to a lower risk of developing colon cancer.
Read more: http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/17893/20141010/adopting-several-healthy-behavior-cuts-the-risk-of-bowel-cancer.htm#ixzz3GhalUMCS
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Fri, October 24, 2014 00:00
A 35-year study of males in Sweden found a link between obesity and inflammation during adolescence and a risk for colorectal cancer in adulthood. Obese males, 16 to 20 years of age, were two times as likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer during adulthood, compared with their healthy-weight counterparts. The study also found that teens who had high levels of inflammation had a 63% increased risk of colorectal cancer in adulthood. The association between inflammation and colorectal cancer risk was independent of obesity. -
See more at: http://www.cancernetwork.com/colorectal-cancer/obesity-inflammation-adolescence-may-colon-cancer-risk#sthash.29bSyctc.dpuf
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Wed, October 22, 2014 00:00
A new study suggests that the type of laxative a person takes might be a factor in their odds for colon cancer. The research indicates that fiber-based laxatives are associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer, while non-fiber laxatives are linked with a higher risk. Read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Mon, October 20, 2014 10:58
A recent study has found adequate vitamin D is helpful for topical skin disorders like eczema during the winter months. Read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in Discussions at Mon, October 20, 2014 10:50
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Tue, September 30, 2014 00:00
An interesting study found that a certain mycobacteria from cows may be lurking in your water supply. Inhaling this microbe may link to crohn's disease flare ups. Read on.
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Mon, September 29, 2014 00:00
Interesting research on our gut microbiome (good and bad bacteria) are linked to food allergies, read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Fri, September 26, 2014 00:00
Studies have shown that men that eat so many servings of tomatoes which are rich in lycopene, have a reduced risk for prostate cancer by 18%, read on
Posted by Heather Caruso, This article was posted in News/Research at Thu, September 25, 2014 00:00
Compound found in this fruit peel holds promise for alzheimers, parkinsons and other diseases, read on
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