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About Dr. Urban

Dr. Urban has been practicing Chiropractic for over 22 years now. Dr. Urban is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa (1991). He has built and maintained successful Chiropractic practices in Nebraska, Colorado and now in Hawaii on the beautiful island of Maui in Kahului.

Dr. Urban is proficient in the “GONSTEAD” art form of adjusting the spine.The Gonstead Method of Chiropractic care was developed by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead of Mt Horeb, Wisconsin beginning in 1923. He refined his unique system over a 55 year period. The Gonstead Method focuses on being as specific as possible with the examination and treatment of the patient. Every patient is a unique case with specific subluxations and must not be given the same course of manipulation. The Gonstead practitioner believes that chiropractic care is not scientific unless the adjustment is specific.

“Look well to the spine for the cause of disease.”
- Hippocrates

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is a powerful, effective and natural way to get and keep yourself  healthy. Chiropractic recognizes the body’s innate ability to heal and it’s my position to help support this.

It is through “specific” spinal adjustments that subluxations (misalignments) can be corrected so that normal movement/positioning and function can help to improve upon the sensitive communication (nervous system function) that is so vital to your body’s potential to heal. When the spine is in alignment and the nervous system is functioning properly, your body knows how to heal, regulate and adapt appropriately to the many external stressors of everyday life.

Dr. Urban prefers to work with what is right within you (the intelligence of the body) then to focus on what is wrong with you (your symptoms). As you grow older, you should grow healthier…a realization that is often overlooked given our current medical mainstreams disposition on health!

Dr. Urban takes great pride in delivering a “specific” spinal adjustment to his clients. His approach does   NOT treat everyone with the same twisting of the neck and lower back from both the right and left and the middle back from top to bottom. This approach could potentially harm inpiduals with an inappropriate impact to the joints of the spinal column that can result in “neurological insult”. Dr. Urban prefers to access each of his clients inpidually so to skillfully perform an appropriate “specific” spinal adjustment with the least amount of force that is carefully delivered to adequately address his client’s structural and neurological needs.

It is amazing what one adjustment can do if applied right.
Clarence Gonstead, D.C.

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James P. Urban D.C.
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Kahului, HI 96732

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Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. They come to us not knowing that truth. We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to work.
Albert Schweitzer, M.D.


Debbie D.

Dr. Urban is a wonderful kind chiropractor who is knowledgeable and very skilled. He also does a wonderful energy technique that is very relaxing. He has helped me very much with my frozen joints due to R. A.  Blessings, Dr. Urban.

Anson P.

I’ve been receiving chiropractic care from Dr. James Urban for about a year now, and have been very happy with the results from his care, i have seen other doctors, and have very little relief from pain in my back and neck, Dr. Urban has help me to get some of my strength back in my arms and also relieved some of my discomfort, in my back, by opening up some of the nerves that seem to be blocked, i’am very happy to have found someone like Dr. Urban to give me back the quality of life i have now, thanks again.

Cynthia C.

I was referred to Dr. Urban by a friend and have been very happy with the results. I had seen a couple other chiropractors on Maui, but was never satisfied with the results. Dr. Urban offers compassionate, personalized service and he makes himself available after hours to address emergency situations. I highly recommend Dr. Urban to help you get back to feeling good again.

Eileen B.

As a part-time Maui resident, I was seeking a chiropractic doctor who had been trained in the Gonstead method. At home in New Mexico, I had been undergoing regular chiropractic treatment for chronic pain in my neck and left shoulder. Continuing this treatment was important in alleviating the problem while I was on Maui. So happy to find Dr. James Urban…upon reviewing my X-ray, he began adjustments which have resulted in huge gains in the mobility of my neck, along with significant pain reduction. Dr. Urban clearly explained what was going on in my hip, spine, and neck, along with his plan of action and adjustments necessary to achieve better alignment. I highly recommend Dr. James Urban for your chiropractic wellness choice on Maui.

Anjelika K.

When I first came to see Dr. Urban I was suffering with chronic discomfort due to a nerve impingement in my cervical spine. After exploring many alternative modalities I found Dr. Urban’s approach very effective, and I feel improvement after each visit with him. Dr. Urban has an exceptional insight into this medicine, his touch is very therapeutic, and most importantly he cares about our long-term health and not just fixing the problem in the moment. Thank you for your care Dr. Urban.

Renee T.

I just moved to Maui this year and needed to find a good chiropractor. I have been getting chiropractic care since 2005, so I was already familiar with what my body needed. I searched google and found Dr. Urban. What a god-sent. He is awesome! He really listened to my concerns and addressed them head on. He has helped me so much that now I have my husband seeing him too! And the best thing is that he’s very flexible with scheduling an appointment. I can call him the same day and get in! And he has this new appointment reminder that texts me a reminder 30 min before my appointment so I don’t forget. Very convenient. I highly recommend Dr. Urban!



20 Amazing Health Benefits of Tomatoes That Should Make Them A Daily Staple In Your Diet

20 Amazing Health Benefits of Tomatoes That Should Make Them A Daily Staple In Your Diet

Just one serving a day of tomato-based foods can have an incredibly beneficial effect on your health. Not only can they reduce heart disease, but they could potentially prevent and reverse dozens of diseases if eaten daily. This is one fruit you don’t want to leave out of your diet.
According to Tufts and Boston University researchers, the highest average intakes of lycopene were linked to almost a 30% reduction in the incidence of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, respectively, according to findings published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

They provide the body with a tremendous amount of natural vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, B7, excellent vitamin C, folate, iron, potassium, magnesium, chromium, choline, zinc, and phosphorus.

Tomatoes can reduce the amount of damage done to your body by smoking cigarettes or inhaling second hand smoke. Tomatoes contain coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid that work to protect the body from carcinogens that are produced from cigarette smoke.

Tomatoes can enhance the flavor of almost any cooked dish. Whole tomatoes, chopped tomatoes and tomato sauce freeze well for future use in cooked dishes. Cooking tomatoes — such as in spaghetti sauce — makes the fruit heart-healthier and boosts its cancer-fighting ability. All this, despite a loss of vitamin C during the cooking process, substantially raises the levels of beneficial phytochemicals. Research demonstrates that heat processing actually enhanced the nutritional value of tomatoes by increasing the lycopene content

In terms of phytonutrients, few vegetables compare with tomatoes. They contain flavonones, flavonols, hydroxycinnamic acids, carotenoids, glycosides and even fatty acid derivatives. Better antioxidant protection has also been shown using broad measurements of oxidative stress in different body systems including neurodegenerative diseases.

Tomatoes grown by organic methods contain more phenolic compounds than those grown using commercial standards, but be sure of your source as many organic tomatoes imported from Mexico contained residues of pesticides exceeding allowable limits.

They help to improve the functioning of the digestive system and the liver, and the prevention of constipation, especially when mixed with spinach juice.

Recent evidence just two ounces of tomato paste or a pint of juice a day could be enough to help many patient avoid dangerous statins the class of drugs commonly prescribed for these conditions which can lead to heart problems.

They work as a disinfectant to protect the body from diarrhea and prevents the appearance of kidney stones and gall bladder stones in the long term. They also dramatically reduce the incidence of lower urinary tract symptoms.

Drinking tomato juice constantly improves the appearance and texture of hair, and since it is rich in vitamin k, it helps to strengthen the tufts of hair and increase its luster as well as the revitalization of growth.

Rich tomato components fight acne and prevent damage to skin cells. Studies have indicated that eating two cups of tomato juice a day helps to improve the overall appearance of the skin in a short period of time.

Tomatoes help maintain healthy bones strengthened by enhancing the ratio of calcium in the body. Interestingly, the connection of tomato intake to bone health involves the rich supply of antioxidant in tomatoes.

9 Daily consumption of tomatoes is working to increase the proportion of vitamin C in the blood, which inhibits the levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. So drinking tomato juice helps ease tension and stress.

Tomato juice helps to reduce the risk of blood clots. The excessive clumping together of platelet cells can cause problems for our bloodstream in terms of blockage and unwanted clotting, and prevention of this excessive clumping is important for maintaining heart health. Numerous phytonutrients in tomatoes have been shown to help prevent excessive clumping of our platelet cells.

Tomatoes stimulate the production of the amino acid carnitine which has been shown in research to speed the body’s fat-burning capacity by over 30 percent.

Because tomatoes are a rich source of the phytonutrients beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, they can help improve vision and protect your eyes from degeneration.

New research in the journal Harvard Health Letter found that diets rich in tomatoes can help prevent stroke. The scientists chalk up the results to tomatoes’ rich lycopene content.

According to new research in the journal Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics, scientists created diabetic conditions in animals and fed some lycopene while others were fed their typical diet free of lycopene. The biochemistry of animals fed lycopene returned to normal while the others stayed at diabetic levels. This study shows promise that lycopene (found in tomatoes) can help restore biochemical balance in diabetics.

Tomatoes are rich in natural fiber which maintains the health of the colon as it reduces the risk of prostate cancer which affects 1 in 8 men. One key tomato nutrient that has received special focus in prostate cancer prevention is alpha-tomatine. Alpha-tomatine is a saponin phytonutrient and it’s shown the ability to alter metabolic activity in developing prostate cancer cells. It’s also been shown to trigger programmed cell death (apoptosis) in prostate cancer cells that have already been fully formed. Research on alpha-tomatine has also been conducted for non-small cell lung cancer, with similar findings.

Breast cancer can also be reduced with tomatoes. Exciting research in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that higher amounts of carotenoids including alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, lycopene, and total carotenoids may have a reduced risk of breast cancer.

Tips for Preparing Tomatoes

Before serving, wash tomatoes under cool running water and pat dry.

If your recipe requires seeded tomatoes, cut the fruit in half horizontally and gently squeeze out the seeds and the juice. However, we encourage you to think about the recipe and consider whether the tomato could be incorporated with seeds intact. There are simply too many valuable nutrients in the seeds that you would not want to lose unnecessarily.

When cooking tomatoes, we recommend avoidance of aluminum cookware since the high acid content of the tomatoes may interact with the metal in the cookware. As a result, there may be migration of aluminum into the food, which may not only impart an unpleasant taste, but more importantly, may have a potentially unwanted impact on your health.

Whenever possible, try to develop recipes that make use of the whole tomato. We’ve seen research showing higher lycopene content in whole tomato products. For example, when the skins of tomatoes are included in the making of the tomato paste, the lycopene and beta-carotene content of the paste is significant higher according to research studies.


SOURCE: PreventDisease

8 ways to naturally reduce inflammation

8 ways to naturally reduce inflammation

Chronic cellular inflammation is one of our biggest enemies – in terms of achieving optimal health. In fact, many health experts say that inflammation is the root cause of disease. In addition, the psychological (and emotional) stress of living in ‘modern’ society can actually lower our ability to regulate the inflammatory response.

Naturally, the question we ought to ask ourselves is, ‘what causes inflammation?’ And, the obvious answer is poor nutrition and too many toxins – which creates an overly-acidic condition in the body. So, which foods create an acidic environment in the body?

Here are the top 5 foods that trigger inflammation

  • Unnatural coffee
  • Conventionally-produced alcohol – which actually contain GMO ingredients
  • Processed, simple sugars
  • Factory-farmed, animal foods – again, loaded with unwanted chemicals and GMOs
  • Most sodas (even if they contain ‘natural sugars’ – without the neurotoxin, aspartame)

You ought to know that the most recent research is pointing towards the fact that inflammation may be responsible for: type-2 diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

How can we reduce inflammation in the body?

In my opinion, from my years of teaching the value of juicing, one of the most effective ways, is by juicing dark leafy greens with highly alkaline vegetables to accompany them.

A more long term and effective way, combined with juicing, to reduce cellular inflammation is to make the decision to live a simpler lifestyle which includes: removing yourself from toxic relationships; learning the art of forgiveness; and being of service to others. After all, our psychological (and emotional) wellbeing is intimately connected to our physical health.

In terms of dietary/lifestyle changes, here are 8 ways to naturally reduce inflammation:

  • Add some fresh ginger root and turmeric root (curcumin) to your daily juice or meals.
  • Consume adequate amounts of essential fatty acids – not from animal sources.
  • Eat probiotic-rich foods like, kimchi, sauerkraut or miso soup.
  • Stay hydrated with pure, clean water and try adding some fresh lemon juice.
  • Be sure to include lots of leafy greens in your salad.
  • Get lots of sunshine and relax – as much as possible.
  • Drink green juices – click here for some recipe ideas.
  • Eat grapefruits, lemons and limes – which are alkalizing. (once they reach the gut)

Here’s an anti-inflammatory juice that serves 1, 1 liter

The ingredients include, 2 cups parsley; 2 cups spinach; 2 large cucumbers; 4 ribs celery; 1 inch fresh ginger root or fresh turmeric root; and 1 lime without skin or 1 lemon without skin (unless it’s organic)

If I may add, don’t forget these important recommendations:

I recommend this tonic daily (1 liter) per person daily for 60 days along with eating a diet high in salads. Keep in mind, 20% of your diet can have other more acidifying foods.

Having said that, I have found – for best results – that eating essential fatty acids from foods like, flax seed or borage oils in salads, with lots of vegetables and some grains such as quinoa or millet tend to be better than eating lots of animal flesh foods.

Plus, don’t forget to keep yourself well-hydrated and add the other recommendations. You will be pleasantly surprised to see just how well your body responds, even after just one week.



SOURCE: NaturalHealth365

The best seafood selections to avoid heavy metals

The best seafood selections to avoid heavy metals

Most of us know that fish and other seafood items can provide an abundant source of omega-3 fatty acids and proteins. But, with heavy metals threatening the food chain, many fish lovers wonder how to keep track of which seafood still offer nutritional value without the associated health risks.

First of all, to become an educated food consumer, we must know the source of our seafood. For example, according to recent numbers, the United States imports about 91 percent of all the seafood consumed and only about 50 percent is ‘wild-caught’ – with the remainder being farm-raised. Bottom line, as a health conscious consumer, it’s important to know where (and how) your food is produced to limit your heavy metal burden.

Consumers beware: Heavy metals threaten our food supply

Here in the U.S., heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, arsenic and mercury threaten the safety of consumable seafood. It’s no surprise that most mercury pollution that ends up in waterways is from the burning of fossil fuels.

Once it hits the ocean’s surface, bacteria convert mercury to the more toxic form, methylmercury. From here tiny phytoplankton feast on the bacteria, which is consumed by small fish and then consumed by larger fish. Usually, it’s those larger fish that end up on our dinner plates.

A guide to choosing the safest fish

  • Wild-caught Alaskan salmon
  • Wild-caught Pacific sardines
  • Wild-caught Dungeness crab – from the U.S. west coast. Keep in mind, commercially-popular blue and king crab live in polluted waters, but dungeness crabs caught off of Oregon are ethically maintained.
  • Wild-caught U.S. Atlantic longfin squid. This may be a new one to you, but ethical chefs are putting it on menus everywhere.

If you choose to eat tuna, Albacore tuna caught in the western U.S. and Canadian waters show the least amount of mercury. These fish are generally younger and have had less time to build up toxins.

Which fish have the most heavy metals?

Shark – which are at the top of the seafood chain – consume very large fish with alarming mercury and other heavy metal levels. Because of their abundant muscle tissue, shark boast some of the highest heavy metal levels in the ocean today.

Swordfish, everywhere, contains mercury – especially those caught in Singapore, one of the most popular commercial sources.

King mackerel and tilefish round out the list of fish that tend to be loaded with heavy metals.

How can I best shop for safe seafood?

Like foods that grow on land, seafood varieties also have peak seasons – for example, where toxicity may be lower or higher. The Environmental Defense Fund’s Safe Seafood Selector works with scientists and fisheries to promote sustainable management and practices throughout the world.

Their Safe Seafood Guide helps consumers plan their seasonal seafood grocery list by keeping track of seafood rated for pollutants, over-fishing and fraud. You can download their app directly to your smart phone to keep track of what waters boast the least contaminated, healthiest seafood while you shop. Consumers can cross-reference their favorite selections with Oceana’s Seafood Fraud Guide to be sure what they’re buying is labeled properly.

What should I do to limit my exposure to toxic heavy metals?

Obviously, limit your consumption of seafood. But, if you happen to go out or find yourself eating seafood with heavy metals – there are certain foods to eat that will help you eliminate heavy metal debris. Generally speaking, a diet rich in a variety of therapeutic foods can enhance the benefits of seafood while reducing the potential negative effects of heavy metal exposure.

To reduce your heavy metal burden, complement meals with leafy greens such as cilantro, parsley and watercress plus contaminant-free chlorophyll or chlorella. You can also include medicinal teas throughout your day that include milk thistle and burdock – as well as red clover and dandelion.

This information is not designed to scare you about your food. It’s merely provided to help you make an educated decision about the food you eat. After all, what’s more important than having safe, delicious food that supports optimal health?


SOURCE: NaturalHealth365

Spirulina extract 100 percent effective against breast cancer cells

Spirulina extract 100 percent effective against breast cancer cells

Breast cancer, which affects close to 3 million women in the United States, is currently second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer deaths; according to the National Cancer Institute, the disease claimed close to 40,000 lives in 2013 alone.

Researchers are working overtime in an attempt to develop more effective therapies, but their efforts are hampered by the problem of drug-resistant cancer stem cells, which have the ability to continue to generate new tumors. In addition, the damaging and toxic effects of chemotherapy are also a serious concern – when trying to fully recover from a cancer diagnosis.

New study: ‘Spirulina cocktail’ shown to kill breast cancer cells

Some encouraging new test tube research has sounded a note of hope: a “super cocktail” composed of phytochemicals from spirulina and other natural substances may hold the key to stopping breast cancer in its tracks.

Spirulina, an edible freshwater algae used as a dietary supplement and nutraceutical, has been impressing researchers for years with its high levels of beneficial nutrients and phytochemicals. But, it is spirulina’s content of a plant pigment called phycocyanin that is now attracting scientific attention.

Unlike chemo and radiation: Natural compounds don’t destroy healthy cells

In a study conducted at Louisiana State University’s Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center and published in 2013 in Journal of Cancer, researchers “auditioned” ten different beneficial organic substances from fruits, vegetables and spices before settling on a lineup of six protective phytochemical superstars. In addition to phycocyanin from spirulina platensis, the researchers utilized curcumin from turmeric, isoflavone from soybeans, indo-3-carbinole from cruciferous vegetables, resveratrol from grapes and quercetin from onions and apples to create the cocktail – all substances that are well known to natural health experts and naturopathic physicians for their chemopreventive and disease-fighting effects.

After administering the “super cocktail” to both sample cancer cells and control cells, researchers found that the mixture suppressed breast cancer cell growth by more than 80 percent, interfered with the migration and invasion process, and eventually triggered the death of all cancer cells. In fact, by the second day of the study, dead cancer cells were observed to be floating in the culture media.

Not only did the cocktail achieve a 100 percent kill rate, but it achieved this result without harming normal, healthy cells.

Phycocyanin, from spirulina, target cancer cells

Phycocyanin, along with the other protective compounds in the cocktail, is strongly anti-inflammatory and antioxidant – two properties that have been shown to combat cancer. More specifically, the cocktail was able to induce apoptosis – programmed self-destruction – of the cancer cells by up-regulating enzymes known as capsases. These enzymes are so strongly linked with apoptosis that scientists have nicknamed them “executioner proteins.”

The phytochemicals also inhibited cell adhesion molecules, which normally promote cancer’s ability to proliferate and spread. Interestingly, although the compounds were stunningly effective when used in conjunction with each other, they were not effective when tested separately against the cancer cells.

What, exactly, is phycocyanin?

Phycocyanin, the greenish-blue pigment-protein complex which gives spirulina its distinctive color, functions as an accessory pigment to chlorophyll — meaning it absorbs light and then transfers the energy to the chlorophyll. It is phycocyanin that makes it possible for spirulina to thrive in darker waters, where sunlight may be minimal. An interesting note, phycocyanin is sometimes used commercially as a coloring agent for beverages and candies.

This study was not the first research to highlight the cancer-fighting properties of spirulina. Natural health experts report that chlorophyll in spirulina binds to carcinogens, promoting their elimination from the body, and University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) cites a small clinical study in which participants who were given spirulina experienced reductions in precancerous lesions.

Of course, more high-quality studies are needed to further explore the chemoprotective effects of spirulina.

Spirulina, a whole food, contains a wealth of disease-fighting nutrients and antioxidants

Spirulina, composed of a single cell, may be one of nature’s simpler constructions. But it just could be the most nutritionally complete of all nutraceutical supplements. This nutritious microscopic algae contains both orange carotenes and yellow xanthophylls, both of which have potent antioxidant effects. And it has them in impressive amounts – natural health experts tell us that beta carotene from spirulina is ten times more concentrated than carotene from carrots.

Spirulina is also rich in easily absorbable, bio-accessible iron, and high in trace minerals such as manganese – needed for production of superoxide dismutase, a natural antioxidant produced in your body – and selenium, a powerful antioxidant and cancer-fighting micronutrient in its own right. Amino acids, complex carbohydrates, protein, fatty acids and lipids fill out the impressive nutritional profile.

Spirulina is also rich in antioxidant vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, and vitamin K, essential for normal clotting of blood. And, finally, it is rich in gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA, an immune system-boosting compound found in human breast milk.

How do I take spirulina?

Spirulina is available dried or freeze-dried, in powders, flakes and tablets, and can be found in health food stores or online. According to UMMC, the standard dose is 4 to 6 500-milligram tablets a day. Some spirulina samples have been found to contain heavy metals and toxic microcystins; so make sure you obtain your spirulina from a trusted, reputable company.

Don’t use spirulina to treat breast cancer – or any other medical condition – unless under the guidance of a doctor. A knowledgeable doctor or naturopathic physician can help tailor a regimen to your specific nutritional needs.

The latest research on spirulina and breast cancer offers hope that this wholesome, nutrient-packed supplement may play a role in defeating a dreaded disease – naturally.


SOURCE: NaturalHealth365

The 6 Types of Eaters – Which One Are You?

The 6 Types of Eaters – Which One Are You?

Emotional eaters tend to lose the least amount of weight and have the hardest time keeping it off. Then there are those who are looking for the next sugar rush, sticking to bad habits or viewing the lack of food as their only vehicle to weight loss. Whether you’re a diet junkie, a comfort eater or a binger, most people fall under one of these categories. Here’s how to snap out of your problematic patterns and find the right solution that works for you.

We know that the more people report eating in response to thoughts and feelings, the less weight they lose. Amongst successful weight losers, those who report emotional eating are more likely to regain.

Weight loss is one of the top resolutions made every year, yet 80 percent of people do not achieve successful weight-loss and maintenance. There are six top reasons dieters don’t achieve success.

Many women expect diets to change their body shape, which may explain why some, frustrated by the lack of effect from their efforts, have trouble maintaining specific diets and revert to specific dietary patterns. If women are dieting with the belief that weight loss will lead to shape change, they will fail to achieve their aim and this is reason that diets are likely to be short-lived and, ultimately, unsuccessful.

Women with high waist-to-hip ratios WHRs typically believe that, through dieting, they can develop pear-shaped bodies. These expectations do not stem from women’s misperceptions of their current body shape; most women, pear-shaped or not, correctly identified which image best represented their own WHR which is only one measurement of body types.

Internet dieting has exploded in the last few years, attracting many different types of eaters who generally lack the time to attend face-to-face meetings or those too embarrassed to get on a scale in front of strangers and admit their problem. However, being anonymous helps many of these people keep faithful records of their weight without the pressure of weigh-in meetings. Here are the 6 most common eaters attracting to self-help dieting forums and the suggestions to resolve their problem:
1) THE NIBBLER: You snack throughout the day — whether you’re hungry or not. You reject formal diet plans because you think your way of eating is better but never seem to lose weight.

The Problem: You’re constantly thinking about the next snack. You’re in danger of eating too much, too often.

The Solution: Stick to three meals a day plus two healthy snacks (such as fruit, carrot sticks or oat cakes with hummus), and eat nothing else in between.
2) THE GORGER: Though you want to lose weight, you find yourself consuming large amounts of junk food or ready-to-eat meals.

The Problem: This pattern is driven by emotional triggers — you gorge if you feel lonely, anxious or annoyed. But by giving in to them, you’ll only perpetuate self-loathing.

The Solution: Exercise to boost your selfesteem. Use mindfulness skills to regard food as sustenance, not a reward.
3) THE DIET JUNKIE: Whether it’s Atkins or Dukan, you try every new diet. Not bothered by nutritional content, you view food (or the lack of it) as the only vehicle to weight loss so you’re constantly diet-hopping.

The Problem: The lack of nutrients in your diet puts your body in ‘protective mode’ holding on to every last ounce of fat, leaving you feeling dissatisfied and guilty.

The Solution: Stop thinking extreme dieting will help you achieve physical perfection. Switch to a balanced diet and eat smaller portions.
4) THE BINGER: You have steely willpower and eat healthy food 90 per cent of the time, but can swing from extreme control to a moment of madness with high-sugar binges.

The Problem: Binges derail all your good intentions and can have an addictive effect. This style of eating comes with emotional baggage, often including strong feelings of guilt and shame.

The Solution: Relax your strict rules and allow yourself regular treats of ‘forbidden’ foods to stop the desire for massive binges.
5) THE ZOMBIE: You eat out of habit and routine, barely conscious of what you eat. Your diet is likely to be monotonous.

The Problem: You’re likely to eat highly processed, refined foods that lack nutritional value but are a quick fix.

The Solution: Stop eating in front of the TV or at your desk. Eat good food and savour every mouthful.
6) THE COMFORT EATER: You eat for emotional reasons, using food to fill a void or distract yourself from painful feelings.

The Problem: You’re out of touch with your hunger signals. You deny yourself good, healthy balanced meals at the expense of processed and calorific foods.

The Solution: Mindfulness exercises (such as pausing for 10 seconds before you eat anything) will help you to curb the habit of overeating.


SOURCE: PreventDisease

The hidden secrets of chlorophyll juice

Many decades ago, Jay and I used to speak about the (undiscovered) healing power of juices. We didn’t have words connected to the hidden power behind chlorophyll, yet we knew that the dark leafy greens were the powerhouses behind the thousands of people healing from diet-related diseases.

Unfortunately, most conventionally-trained physicians still don’t use ‘food therapy’ as their first line of defense against disease. In reality, modern medicine is only centered around toxic drugs and surgical procedures – simply because they were never taught the value of nutrition in medical school.

Why don’t doctors know about chlorophyll?

There’s really a simple answer to their ignorance about nutrition. They rely on medical research papers published in journals – which are mainly sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. These drug companies fund the research and publish the articles that most doctors read. This is why the healing power of plants seem so strange to your family doctor.

However, today we are fortunate to live in a world where the internet, rich in knowledge and information is exploding with testimonials from people who have transformed their lives by juicing and consuming a plant-based diet. Here’s some fascinating information about chlorophyll:

  • Chlorophyll is almost identical to the human blood.
  • Chlorophyll can assist in healing the gut.
  • Chlorophyll promotes the formation of hemoglobin and red blood cells.
  • Chlorophyll can help eliminate bad breath and underarm body odor.
  • Chlorophyll helps to remove toxins – which can lead to cancer.
  • Chlorophyll helps to eliminate infections.
  • Chlorophyll is very easy to absorb and assimilate, but it MUST be raw and in juice form. Juicing is the fastest and most effective way to absorb the healing properties of chlorophyll.

In addition, by juicing chlorophyll, it gets into the bloodstream fast with the least amount of digestion – which saves vital energy to speed up the healing process. For example, those suffering with cataract conditions, as well as many arthritic cases, have experienced remarkable recovery.

My favorite ‘super green immunity tonic’

5 cups spinach
2 cups fresh basil
4 ribs celery
1 green zucchini
2 apples
1 inch fresh ginger root
2 limes (with skin if organic)
This tonic is delicious! Designed for 1 person, if you can consume 1 liter of juice in a sitting. Just one word of advice, drink it slowly – but most people share this with another and we recommend that. There’s nothing like sharing juice with your loved ones.


SOURCE: NaturalHealth365

Going Nuts Over Nuts: They Lower All-Cause Mortality Rates And Dramatically Improve Glycemic Control

Going Nuts Over Nuts: They Lower All-Cause Mortality Rates And Dramatically Improve Glycemic Control

Just a few ounces of nuts is all it takes to improve glycemic control and exert beneficial effects on cardiovascular and other markers of health. The protective effects on metabolism could be explained by the ability of nuts to regulate inflammation and oxidation. The last two decades have seen a proliferation of evidence linking tree nutconsumption with a range of health outcomes. Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts are all examples of tree nuts.

Improve Glycemic Control

A recent review of 12 clinical trials found that daily intake of tree nuts improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes.

A group of researchers analyzed the results of 12 randomized controlled dietary trials to determine the effect of nuts on four markers including fasting glucose and fasting insulinin 450 predominantly middle-aged adults in a “first-of-its-kind” systemic review.
Improved glycemic control may relate to carb displacement with tree nuts.

Fat intake, especially monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA), has been liberalized in diabetic diets to preserve HDL cholesterol and improve glycemic control. Two ounces of nuts daily as a replacement for carbohydrate foods improved both glycemic control and serum lipids in type 2 diabetes.

Epidemiologic studies have shown that nuts may lower the risk of diabetes incidence in women.

Compared with a low-fat diet, a Mediterranean diet enriched with nuts has been found to be beneficial for Metabolic Syndrome management.

The ability of tree nuts to improve glycemic control may relate to a carbohydrate displacement mechanism by which tree nuts reduce the glycemic load of the diet by displacing high glycemic-index carbohydrates, according to the review.

Lower All-Cause Mortality Rates

A recent large pooled analysis of two of the Harvard cohorts and a recent meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies also tied daily nut consumption to lower all-cause mortality rates. Recent evidence that tree nuts lower cholesterol also resulted in an FDA-qualified health claim and their inclusion in heart association guidelines for cardiovascular risk reduction.

Nuts Decrease Cancer Risk By More Than One-Third

The data, from a large-scale prospective study, investigated the association between nut consumption and risk of pancreatic cancer in more than 75,000 women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study, and had no previous history of cancer.

“Frequent nut consumption is inversely associated with risk of pancreatic cancer in this large prospective cohort of women, independent of other potential risk factors for pancreatic cancer,” explained the research team – led by Dr Ying Bao of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Boost Semen Quality

Led by Dr Wendie Robbins at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA, a research team revealed that eating 75 grams of walnuts a day improves the vitality, motility, and morphology of sperm in healthy men aged 21 to 35. The study was published in Biology of Reproduction.

It’s Time To Give Nuts A Prominent Place On The Food Pyramid

Given all this evidence, many researchers now think that nuts should be moved to a more prominent place on the government’s food pyramid. In other words, small amounts should be part of your daily diet.

There are many substances in nuts that may explain their heart-healthy potential (and other health benefits). Nuts are rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats: these can benefit overall metabolic processes, especially when substituted for foods such as meats or cheeses which many people have problems digesting.

Nuts provide:

- folate and other B vitamins: these may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood levels of homocysteine.
- copper, potassium, and magnesium–all three linked to heart health–and other minerals.
- vitamin E, possibly cardio-protective.
- arginine, an amino acid that helps relax blood vessels and inhibits blood clotting.
- fiber, with all its health benefits.
- phytochemicals (notably sterols, ellagic acid, polyphenols, and saponins) that may act as antioxidants and lower cholesterol.

Which Nut Is Best

All nuts have a lot in common. Most have 160 to 190 calories and 14 to 19 grams of fat per ounce; at least three-quarters of the calories come from fat. They are also among the best plant sources of protein.

There are some nutritional differences. Walnuts are richest in heart-healthy alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid similar to those in fish); almonds are richest in calcium and vitamin E; brazil nuts are the best dietary source of selenium. Macadamia nuts have the most calories and fat; chestnuts the least (just 70 calories and 1 gram of fat). And peanuts are not true nuts, but legumes (like dried beans). Similar nutritionally to nuts, peanuts contain some resveratrol, a beneficial compound found in grapes.
Stick To Raw and Unprocessed

Nuts tend to be satisfying and, according to some studies, help reduce hunger longer than many foods. But only if you eat them without sugar or salt coatings which can have the opposite effect. Roasted and processed nuts destroy much of the nutritional content so stick with raw nuts when possible.

An ounce or two a day will do. Instead of using nuts as a snack, when you might eat large amounts, use them as part of a meal. Chopped nuts are tasty in fruit or vegetable salads, yogurt, oatmeal and breakfast cereals. When possible, substitute nuts for foods rich in saturated fat. Organic raw peanut butter, for instance, is definitely a healthier choice for a sandwich than cheese or most meats.

And spread the news: Raw nut butters have the same nutritional advantages as nuts.


SOURCE: PreventDisease

The Wonders of Chilli Peppers: They May Prevent Cancer and Extend Lifespan By 30 Percent

The Wonders of Chilli Peppers: They May Prevent Cancer and Extend Lifespan By 30 Percent

Capsaicin found in chili peppers is known to promotes fat burning and increase metabolism, but researchers are now showing evidence that they kill cancer cells and may even extend lifespan.

Past research suggested that spicing food with chilies can lower blood pressure in people with that condition, reduce blood cholesterol and ease the tendency for dangerous blood clots to form.

Researchers in Korea recently published evidence that suggests the mechanisms behind why capsaicin may aid weight loss.

Spicing up your daily diet with some red pepper can also curb appetite, especially for those who don’t normally eat the popular spice, according to research from Purdue University.

The component that gives jalapeno peppers their heat may also kill prostate cancer cells.

Scientists have also reported that chili peppers are a heart-healthy food with potential to protect against the No. 1 cause of death in the developed world.

Treatment of the tumour-prone mice with capsaicin has now been shown to reduce tumour burden and extended the lifespans of the mice by over 30%. “This may be translated to humans to a certain extent but further research will be necessary to quantify gene expression,” said Dr. Henry Peterson commenting on the study.

The latest research, published this month in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, said the active ingredient produced chronic activation of a receptor, TRPV1, on cells lining the intestines of mice genetically modified to be TRPV1-deficient, which in turn triggered the reaction.

“Our data also suggested that TRPV1 triggering by dietary administration of capsaicin suppressed intestinal tumourigenesis,” the researchers said.

As a result they recommended the administration of TRPV1 agonists like capsaicin in combination with celecoxib, a COX-2 non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that treats some forms of arthritis and pain.

Intestinal expression

The receptor or ion channel TRPV1 was originally discovered in sensory neurons, where it acts as a guard against heat, acidity and chemicals in the environment. This latest research found that the receptor was also expressed by intestinal epithelial cells.
The scientists discovered that TRPV1 works as a tumor suppressor in the intestines through a “feedback loop” with the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), reducing the risk of unwanted growth.

Dr Petrus de Jong, one of the study’s authors, said: “A basic level of EGFR activity is required to maintain the normal cell turnover in the gut. However, if EGFR signaling is left unrestrained, the risk of sporadic tumor development increases.”
Professor Eyal Raz, another of the study’s authors, said: “Our data suggest that individuals at high risk of developing recurrent intestinal tumors may benefit from chronic TRPV1 activation.”

“We have provided proof-of-principle.”

SOURCE: PreventDisease

Breakthrough: Simple Exercise Found to Spark Molecular Changes in the Body

Breakthrough: Simple Exercise Found to Spark Molecular Changes in the Body

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has provided the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of mindfulness meditation.

Researchers from Spain, France, and Wisconsin have reported that the effects of a single day of intensive mindfulness meditation can change our genes. The study, published in Psychoneuroendocrinology, showed that after eight hours of mindfulness practice, meditators showed a range of genetic expression changes, including altered levels of gene-regulating machinery and reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which means that people could recover from stress and its physical ramifications much faster than previously thought possible.

“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first paper that shows rapid alterations in gene expression within subjects associated with mindfulness meditation practice,” says study author Richard J. Davidson, founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Most , the changes were observed in genes that are the current targets of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs,” says Perla Kaliman, first author of the article and a researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona, Spaiinterestinglyn (IIBB-CSIC-IDIBAPS), where the molecular analyses were conducted.

“The results show a down-regulation of genes that have been implicated in inflammation. The affected genes include the pro-inflammatory genes RIPK2 and COX2 as well as several histone deacetylase (HDAC) genes, which regulate the activity of other genes epigenetically by removing a type of chemical tag. What’s more, the extent to which some of those genes were downregulated was associated with faster cortisol recovery to a social stress test involving an impromptu speech and tasks requiring mental calculations performed in front of an audience and video camera.”

The analgesic drug market in the US alone amounts to over $2.3 billion annually for pharmaceutical companies like Proctor & Gamble, and that’s just for over-the-counter drugs. Simply practicing meditation could eliminate the need for expensive and side effect-causing medication that can ruin the body’s natural immune response.

Meditation can help drive down health-care costs and provide a pleasurable way to reduce stress all at the same time.



SOURCE: NaturalSociety

Strawberry, Mango Compound Kicks Alzheimer’s Symptoms to the Curb

Strawberry, Mango Compound Kicks Alzheimer’s Symptoms to the Curb

Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have conducted experiments on mice to find possible solutions for dementia (mice typically succumb to Alzheimer’s symptoms within a year of birth). They discovered that a daily dose of fisetin, a flavanol found in strawberries, mangos, cucumbers, and other fruit and vegetables, successfully arrested the progressive loss of memory and other deleterious symptoms associated with learning. The research was published in the journal Aging Cell.

Pamela Maher, senior staff scientist and the lead researcher of the study at Salk’s Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory said: “We had already shown that in normal animals, fisetin can improve memory.” She continued, “What we showed here is that it also can have an effect on animals prone to Alzheimer’s.”

The mice used in the study had genetic mutations that increased their susceptibility to Alzheimer’s disease. The genetically compromised mice were divided into two groups. One group was given food with the addition of fisetin at 3 months of age, while the control group was not given any fisetin with their food.

At 9-months, the mice not fed fisetin began performing poorly in memory mazes. “Those who did eat the antioxidant-enhanced food, however, performed on par with normal mice through their entire first year.”

The researchers used a preventive model, Maher explains, “We started the mice on the drugs before they had any memory loss. But obviously, human patients don’t go to the doctor until they are already having memory problems.” Clinical trials are needed to see if fisetin can reverse pre-existing memory deficits in human subjects.

Maher and her team of scientists have determined more than a decade ago that fisetin exerted a protective anti-aging effect on neurons. Follow-up studies in vitro (cell cultures) and in vivo (mice) revealed that fisetin activated a cellular pathway associated with memory and that it had both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

“Scientists studying fisetin (also called flavonoid 3,7,3′,4′-tetrahydroxyflavone) say it has positive effects on a number of cellular signalng pathways associated with brain aging. Research shows that fisetin protects nerve cells from age-related damage, including damage from stroke.

Fisetin works via specific pathways to boost production of glutathione, an antioxidant that studies have shown prevents oxidative damage to brain and nerve cells. Fisetin also preserves mitochondrial production and reduces levels of peroxynitrite, a free radical that damages neurons,” writes Melanie Haiken for Forbes.

Scientists had already discovered that fisetin has significant potential for treating diabetes and has anti-cancer potential. What’s most intriguing is that fisetin did not inhibit the formation of amyloyd plaques, conglomerates of proteins found in the brain of those with Alzheimer’s.

Previously, scientists had postulated amyloid plaque as the causative factor in Alzheimer’s disease, yet fisetin was able to effectively halt the primary symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s without targeting these plaques.

Perhaps amyloyd plaques merely correlate with Alzheimer’s and are not a causative factor, as a few other recent studies have implied.


SOURCE: NaturalSociety