FLAVON Wins Second Monde Selection Award

Flavon has won the coveted Monde Selection Award this year for Protect. Their Max Plus won in 2012. This is the top award given to health products in Europe; more than 3000 products from 90 countries compete. All Flavon products use only raw, unheated, biologically sun ripe fruit and vegetables that are constantly checked for the cleanest and purest ingredients and the safest processing.

Consider how we shower the outside of our bodies to keep them clean and healthy. Taking Flavon enables us to scrub the inside of our bodies where toxins, parasites, and bad bacteria accumulate. The flavonoids, which are so concentrated in these products, literally grab toxins and cancers and eliminate them from our bodies.

Flavon Green Plus

NEW FLAVON PRODUCT being released November 1: GREEN PLUS with the HIGHEST ORAC on the World Market. It will contain:

  1. ARTICHOKES
  2. BETA-GLUKAN (Special MUSHROOM with Yeast, special CANCER-KILLER and for CANCER PREVENTION)
  3. CITRUS PEKTIN
  4. TURMERIC
  5. ORANGE OIL
  6. MORINGA
  7. ASPARAGUS
  8. BROCCOLI
  9. SEA BUCKTHORN
  10. GREEN TEA
  11. CARROTS
  12. SPIRULINA
  13. SPINACH

Just one of these ingredients, SEA BUCKTHORN, called a “nutrient bomb,” contains more than 200 bioactive compounds. It nourishes and regenerates mucous membranes which cover the digestive, respiratory and uro-genital tracts and inner surface of the eyes. They are the major routes for pathogens, toxins and allergens to enter the body. Mucous membranes are often attacked by diseases, stress, aging and side effects of medication. Sea buckthorn also regenerates uro-genital mucous membranes, maintains the health of stomach and intestines, cures gastric ulcers, increases the level of good cholesterol in the blood and relieves dry mouth symptoms. 1

I don’t want to overwhelm you with the benefits of each of these ingredients, but, believe me, this is a powerhouse of health generating products. Personally, I can’t wait to order GREEN PLUS.

I promised you TESTIMONIALS  from people using the product in this country. Here is the report from D. Todd Wylie, OD, FCOVD in Spokane, WA:

#1  Massage therapist with very mild macular degeneration started Flavon and after 1 month reported that he had just had his blood anti oxidant levels measured and he said they were incredibly high.

#2  Later that day a 41 year old patient who had been using Flavon for two months reported he had all 4 wisdom teeth removed. Two of them were impacted and had to be broken from his jaw bone. When the oral surgeon saw him for his next visit, he said the patient was healing at the speed of a 17 year old.

#3  An 89 year old sweet lady who is nutrition conscious with advanced macular degeneration came in after using Flavon for 2 weeks. She is very pleased by the energy and well being she is experiencing since beginning the Flavon. She said, “I feel like I am in my 40’s again!”

#4  A close friend of ours was visiting us last weekend. She is a 54 year old nurse. She has been suffering for years with shoulder pain. She has tried a number of therapies without significant relief. She reported that she pretty much wakes hourly due to the discomfort and pain. She left our house Tuesday morning with Flavon. She has been doing 1 spoon Protect and 2 spoons Greens. Last night (Friday) my wife received a call from Kathleen and she is ecstatic because for the last two nights she has gone to bed at 10 pm and has not woken up until 4 am. She mentioned her fingers are no longer tingling when she wakes up.
(As a side note, she is now the third person to report significantly reduced shoulder pain.) I have had two patients who each had 15 year old shoulder pain. They had resigned themselves to the fact that they would have that pain for the rest of their lives. They were both absolutely amazed as within two weeks of beginning Flavon their shoulder pain was basically gone!

#5  I have had 3 patients report profound reduction in photophobia (sensitivity to bright light).The first patient is 83 years old and is very vibrant and full of life. She is very much into nutrition and health care. After two weeks of Flavon she came into the office to tell me how excited she was.  For 20+ years she has needed to immediately put on sunglasses when going out into the sunlight. Now she can go out in the sunlight without any light sensitivity.  It very likely is increasing the speed of the photo chemical refresh rate in the light receptors of the retina.

“I am the mother of a 6 year-old Autistic boy. My son is a ‘picky eater’ and it is very difficult to have him consume fruits and veggies on a daily basis.  I was encouraged to have him try Flavon Protect.  Well, my son LOVES IT.  Not only does he get the benefits of the nutrients, but I can add a holistic protocol and hide it in the jelly for him to take.  We are so THANKFUL for this product.  We just ordered the green veggie and remain prayerful that our little guy will like this as well.” – Linda G.

“Using Flavon products has been a very positive experience for me, I noticed improvement in my eyesight within weeks, dry eyes have gone away, I no longer use eyedrops and I have found my ability to focus while reading has greatly improved. I am now experiencing a deeper sleep and waking up fully refreshed. at 2:00 in the afternoon I no longer feel rundown. Sugar cravings and the desire for sweets is all but gone! There are many more things I have experienced, the best way to describe it overall. I feel better!” – Sean C.

I could give you many more and can add my own. I can play tennis longer. I sleep better and require fewer naps. A problem I have had since I had polio in 1957 has completely cleared up and has greatly enhanced my life. I am so excited about FLAVON and want everyone to know about its many benefits. If you are interested, please call me at 239-594-7754.

If you want to read the Flavon website, it is www.flavonmax.com. You must have a sponsor to receive the product. My sponsor number is M-424980. To register, click Registration, choose Traditional System, fill everything out and click finish. You should receive your order in a few days. If you have any difficulty, please call me. I would be happy to order for you and I would like to know that you are trying the product. To see prices and products recommended, please look at the end of last month’s blog FLAVON, A GREAT NEW HEALTH PRODUCT.

1 Sea Buckthorn Seed and Pulp Oils www.TerryTalksNutrition.com.

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FLAVON, a Great New Health Product

You know I have been trying my best to stay healthy so that I can “Live Every Day of My Life.”  My post this month is about a great new product that is winning many prizes for being a breakthrough health product. It is called FLAVON. I am taking it and have found it to be so helpful I will be taking it for the rest of my life. I have even become a distributor so that I can purchase it for friends who desperately need it but cannot afford it for themselves. I’d also like to see my grandchildren on it. It is the best and easiest way I know to receive the health benefits of eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Flavon Green

WINS TOP PRIZE IN EUROPE FOR BEST NEW HEALTH PRODUCT

A product like this has never been done before. It is a sublingual antioxidant that works faster, better and has more absorption than any other product. Sublingual means that you put it on your tongue and it goes directly into your blood stream. It rebuilds your blood system and detoxifies your body at the same time.

WHY WAS IT DEVELOPED?

The wife of the owner of Flavon had breast cancer. Believing that it would help her beat the cancer, he wanted to feed her the healthiest, most pure food he could find. He understood that fruits and vegetables contain the most food value with the fewest problems. They are full of flavonoids which neutralize free radicals that result in disease. Over several years, he developed this product and kept improving it. His wife is now cancer free and he is dedicated to spreading the good news of this product all over the world.

WHAT SUCCESS HAS IT HAD?

Flavon is a family-owned, debt free company. The product has been developed over ten years in Hungry and has a solid reputation all over Europe. It sells 230,000 boxes of product per month in Hungary alone and is now selling in 37 countries. The number of customers is growing daily. It was launched in the United States in December of 2013.

WHAT EXACTLY IS IT?

Small jars of non GMO fruits and vegetables that have been grown without pesticides or chemicals, sun-ripened, harvested at their peak, and immediately processed without preservatives at very low temperatures so they are essentially raw and lose none of their potency. The produce is harvested when it has the optimum level of enzymes and because it is not cooked, enzymes are alive in the jam. Each small jar contains 70 to 80 lbs. of fruit or vegetables. Vacuum technology extracts water and oxygen so it becomes a compact sweet tasting jam that is full of raw enzymes and minerals. No sugar is added. The flavor is so satisfying people have found that their craving for sweets diminishes.

The exciting thing is that its absorption rate is roughly 95% which is absolutely unique. The absorption rate for pill supplements is 5 to 15%, for liquids or juices 40-50% and for Flavon 90 to 95% or higher. The product is regularly checked at Brunswick Lab to make sure it is pristine clear.

The product has large quantities of flavonoids, which are antioxidents that defend your body from free radicals – unstable electrons that damage your cells and cause diseases like cancer, allergies and wrinkles. The more flavonoids you consume, the less likely you are to develop heart disease.  There are no flavonoids in any source but fruits and vegetables, but there are one million antioxidents in Green and Protect. These counter chemicals, preservatives, excessive medicines and stress. The jam literally goes after the cancer cells. Protect and Max Plus, two of the products, have more flavonoids than 300 liters of red wine.

ARE THERE RESEARCH STUDIES THAT PROVE ITS WORTH?

Prof. Dr. Dinya Zoltan has been studying Flavonoids for 40 years and has more than 200 international publications about Flavonoids. There are many randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies with Flavon products in the fields of cardiovascular, pulmonology, gastroenterology, etc. The product is certified in 31 countries, FDA approved and is totally all natural.

HOW MUCH PRODUCT SHOULD YOU TAKE?

Start with Protect and Green. You receive two bottles of each in the starter box. It should last you two months or one month if two people take it. If you like it, there are other products you can add. All the products should be taken on an empty stomach.

Protect: Take thirty minutes before breakfast. Wait 10 minutes before taking anything else. Take two of the small spoonfuls that accompany it (The bottle says one. We recommend two.) This product prevents inflammation, is good for your joints and protects your insides.

Green: Take 2 spoonfuls 30 minutes before dinner or at bedtime if you prefer. If it gives you excess energy and keeps you awake at night, take it earlier in the day. This product gives your body an alkaline environment where cancer does not grow, balances the digestion system, detoxifies your body and tends to make you regular. You can work up to 3 spoonfuls a day.

Max Plus, their premium product, is for professional athletes and is good to take before exercise or sports. Take before lunch or before exercise. Do not take with coffee.

Active gives you more energy and helps you lose weight. It should be taken before 4:00 pm and is good before a workout.

Kids is a great way to get vegetables in children. It is high in vitamin C, B, and Folic acid.

If you have cancer, start out slowly. Begin with Protect and Green, 1 spoonful at first and work up to 3.

If you are ill or have chronic illnesses like arthritis, new problems or high blood pressure, work up to 4 spoons a day. If you are ill, you should try to take one box a month.

If you break out in a rash at first, it means things are pouring out of your skin because it is detoxing. It will clear up.

If you have more energy at first and then have a period where you are more tired, it means your body is detoxing and you will eventually return to the energy you felt at first.

COST

Each bottle costs $45.00. You can only purchase four at a time in one box for $180 plus $9.95 shipping.

If you think the product is expensive, consider that it would cost hundreds of dollars to buy the 80 lbs. of vegetables that are in one bottle and only 20% of the benefits would end up in your blood system.

If you want to register to try it, you need a sponsor.  My Sponsor number is M-424980, the website: www.flavonmax.com. I advise starting with the Orac box: 2 Protect and 2 Green. The website isn’t easy to navigate. If you want help to order or to know more, please email or call me.

Barbara Hattemer                                      barbhat@infionline.net

207-367-5506 Until October 15

239-594-7754 October 15 to June 15.

Next blog, I will include testimonials and more information about ingredients.

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A Winnable War

Barbara with Long Time Porn Fighters

Barbara with Long Time Porn Fighters
Left to right: Robert Peters, Past MIM President; Bruce Taylor, Justice Department Prosecutor of Pornography Cases; Pat Trueman, Present MIM President

Last month I attended the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation in Washington, D.C. where Morality in Media’s new president Patrick Trueman and assistant Dawn Hawkins gathered anti-pornography leaders from all over the country for the first time in 27 years. They have ignited a fire in anti-pornography fighters and have achieved outstanding successes this year.

As the rape rate between men and women in the military soared, Morality in Media convinced the military to stop selling pornography on all their bases and Google to drop all pornography ads. Google has implemented a new advertising policy which eliminates pornographic and sexually explicit ads and they will no longer link to sites that contain such materials. When the Federal Communications Commission decided to lower standards on television, MIM visited the FCC and convinced its new head not to do it. They also publicize a Dirty Dozen List of organizations that promote pornography. Listed organizations are asking what they must do to be removed from that list.

With these successes behind them, MIM convened the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation. Opening the summit at the National Press Club, they presented pornography as a Public Health Crisis and caught worldwide attention. News articles appeared on every continent.

The energy of the conference was electric! Young leaders with full technical know-how are producing movies, videos, and YouTubes about the horrors of pornography and writing helpful books. Good Pictures Bad Pictures by Kristen A. Jenson and Gail Poyner teaches adults how to talk to children when they are exposed to porn and how to resist the temptation to look at pornography when they see it. What Can I Do About Him? Me? by Rhyll Anne Croshaw tells those struggling with sexual addiction how couples can work through the long recovery process to heal both the betrayed wife and the addicted husband. My easy-to-read novel An Island Just for Us educates women about the effects of pornography and encourages them to start talking about it in book club and church groups. Covenant Eyes and Net Nanny described technology that protects children from seeing porn on the Internet, Ipads or Iphones.

Radical feminists spoke passionately and eloquently about what the porn industry is doing to women. Thirty percent of visits to Internet porn are from women. Formerly addicted women are working to rescue female consumers and those who work in porn films.

PornProofKids.com offers a Smart Plan to deal with exposure to porn and trains the whole family to reject it. Their helpful website offers tips and tools to protect young minds and prevent your children from using porn when they are bored, lonely, angry, stressed and tired. Suggestions for how to talk to your children about pornography are invaluable.

Ministers are being called to fight this issue. They find that 40% to 80% of their men secretly look at pornography. Jay Dennis, a minister from Lakeland, Florida, has written a book to help ministers tackle the issue in their own churches. He tells fellow ministers how to free men from dependence on pornography and become the spiritual leaders they are meant to be. He is seeking one million men and one million women who will commit to leading a porn-free life and respond to requests for action. These contacts produce results that tell us pornography can be beaten back. I returned home full of optimism that this war is winnable.

A former porn producer told us he walked the malls looking for pretty women who were alone. When he approached them, he told them how beautiful they were. By the way they responded he could tell which ones he could flatter and lure into his studio. Once they walked through that door, they were captives who were held prisoner.  Drugged, filled with alcohol, often beaten, they were forced to perform on film until they were broken, contracted a disease or became physically unfit to perform. It is such a dark world we find it hard to believe that such cruelty exists today, but we must all work to bring it out in the open where healing can begin.

So much porn is now free on the Internet, the pornography industry would fail financially without human sex trafficking. We must realize that different types of sexual exploitation are thoroughly intertwined. Pornography is a major factor in creating the demand for trafficked women and children. Until we curb the demand for pornography, we will not solve the problem of trafficking. I encourage you to join the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation. Please email me for further information: barbhat@infionline.net.

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The Epigenetic Revolution

The new science of Epigenetics is leading to discoveries that altering a person’s lifestyle and environment can dramatically alter the expression of his or her genes. Having written about this regarding Alzheimer’s disease on my blogs in 2011, I want to pass on new research in this important and fascinating field. Researchers are learning that problems previously thought to be inflexible, like an individual’s sensitivity to pain, can change and improve as a result of genes being switched on and off.

There is still no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease but more is routinely being discovered that is promising for the future. The disease is characterized by the accumulation of two different deposits in the brain: ameloid beta and rolled tangles of tau protein. From studying thirty thousand molecular switches that turn genes on and off in the brains of Alzheimer patients, researchers have learned that a particular gene regulates tau protein and as the disease progresses, that gene switches off. They can now begin research to determine whether or not epigenetic inactivations of this particular gene causes the accumulation of tau protein and if it is possible to reactivate the gene.1

Until the last 15 years, it was believed that people are born with a finite number of neurons that diminish as we age or are injured. Now Brainstorm, a biotech company involved in stem cell research, has successfully introduced stem cells into the brains of mice. This has resulted in positive behavioral restoration in the areas of depression, loss of inhibition, delusions, agitations, anxiety and aggression, all characteristics that accompany Alzheimer’s disease in addition to memory loss.

Scientists have found that a simple change in diet may turn a gene on or off. They can also determine whether or not it will be activated and whether or not these simple changes can be passed from one generation to the next, sometimes to several generations. It has been established for some time that environmental effects like radiation can leave a mark on subsequent generations just as the environment in a mother’s womb can alter the development of a baby.

“What is eye opening is a growing body of evidence suggesting that the epigenetic changes wrought by one’s diet, behavior, or surroundings can work their way into the germ line and echo far into the future. Put simply, and as bizarre as it may sound, what you eat or smoke today could affect the health and behavior of your great grandchildren.”2

Up to the present time, it has been conventional wisdom that our genetic legacy is our fate. Now scientists are learning that we have a measure of control over how much our genes are activated. This is good news because it means we can actually change our fate. It is good news for many problems, but it is especially good news for members of Alzheimer’s families who live in fear that they may be next. As I have said before, it is possible to take control of your health and lifestyle and change your fate. (See former Blogs on my Website: A New Science Offers Hope, July 6,2011; Epigenetic Science Explains Hereditary Change, 7-26-2011; More About Epigenetic Science, October 12, 2011)

Scientists once thought that genes were firmly established in early development and that they were for life. Now we know that our epigenetic code that controls our DNA is changing a little all the time and that cumulative changes can have a major effect. In addition to lifestyle changes, there are already at least nine new epigenetic drugs that are being developed to mutate our genes.

The instructions for what genes should do are found in chemical markers and switches, known as epigenome. They switch on and off the expressions of particular genes. Therefore the new science of epigenetics rewrites the rules of disease, heredity, and identity. That is good news for all of us. 3

Studying molecular sequences and patterns that determine which genes can be turned on and off, researchers are finding that very simple things can alter the software of our genes: an extra bit of vitamin, a brief exposure to a toxin, an extra dose of mothering. These seemingly small things can affect our bodies and brains for life!

Once we believed genes determined outcomes. “Now everything we do—everything we eat or smoke—can affect gene expression and that of future generations.” Although much is still firmly established during early fetal development, epigenetics tells us we can take charge of our environment and make a series of small changes that will have a very large impact on our health. 4

There are many positive factors that epigenetic science has found affect our lives: our faith in God, an active prayer life, an overall positive attitude toward daily life, a healthy diet, vitamin and herbal supplements, exercise, and an active mind. Cumulative changes in several of these areas may well enable you to experience longer life and pass on genes that produce health rather than disease.

1 Researchers Discover an Epigenetic Lesion in Hippocampus of Alzheimer’s as explained in Science Daily 1-21-2014. Source: IDIBELL-Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute

2 Restoring Order in Brain as reported in Science Daily 3-11-14. Source: American Friends of Tel Aviv University

3 DNA Is Not Destiny by Ethan Walters, November 2006 issue of Discover

4 Ibid

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The Positive Power of Empathy

I have been learning much about the importance of a positive mindset on our health in general and on healthy brain function in particular. A relational experience I’ve had in the last several months has made this especially vivid to me.

I was having difficulty with a relationship with a family member. Another daughter described it as, “She has taken her position and won’t budge and you, Mom, have taken an opposite position and you won’t budge either. One of you must see things differently.”

As my daughter tried to help me understand the whole picture, we had many deep conversations, which I found helpful. As I contemplated the situation, I saw that my desire was not to be right, but to bring about reconciliation. My goal was to leave a legacy of harmonious family relationships, not severed relationships.

Trying to understand each other’s motivation in the struggle enabled me to change my thinking. I realized that she and her husband truly had my best interests at heart. I felt threatened by their attempts to help me, but at the same time, I realized I had attitudes that needed to be changed. As I prayed about the problem and asked God to show me what I needed to learn, I saw where I was off base. I needed to stop responding as a victim and to recognize that I tend to over react and dramatize a situation. I recognized the destructive nature of my tendency to rehash words that led to confrontations. That alone could make me sick. There must be no more acting like a victim. My desire became solely to put the offending confrontations behind me and to move forward. As the clutter that had filled my mind dissipated, I relaxed and began to feel renewed.

Having just gone through this process, I received an issue of Dr. Gary Small’s Mind Health Report entitled Empathy Enriches Our Lives. Dr. Small seeks to find cures for problems of the mind and prevent neurological diseases. He defines empathy as “the ability to imagine and understand what someone else is feeling.” He sees empathy as essential in bringing people together but he warns that the capacity to empathize is declining as our lives are filled with too much activity and too many technological distractions. College students are reporting lower levels of empathy. Many people today focus on messages pouring in from the latest box of technology rather than look you in the eye and identify with how you are feeling.

Research has found that young people who spend 11 hours or more a day using these gadgets demonstrate limited eye contact. They often fail to recognize the emotional content of a facial expression. And they miss nonverbal cues when they are talking to others. College students are themselves aware of these deficits because 75% of them rate themselves as less empathetic than college students did in the 1980s.

The loss of “bedside manner” by doctors today can leave patients confused and unhappy and likely not to follow their recommendations. Medical schools have recognized their need to teach empathy to their students because it enhances the healing of patients.

When man first learned to come together in groups to increase chances of survival in harsh environments, the frontal lobe of the “thinking” part of the brain increased. This allows us to experience how others are feeling to the point of experiencing their pleasure and pain. For instance, research has measured the pain of a married couple when one of them is pricked. The partner who watches, experiences almost identical pain. I recently had a very painful experience of skin scraping and burning in the dermatologist’s office. As I grimaced and writhed in obvious pain, my husband said he could feel my pain himself.

In like manner, Dr. Small’s research has found that “when we observe another person experiencing happiness, sadness, pain, embarrassment, or almost any emotion, it can activate the same neural networks in our own brains and cause us to feel the same emotion.” He describes this in everyday language as our brains being “there” for others.
When our brain’s neural circuits work correctly, we can connect with others and experience love, intimacy, and attachment. When they malfunction, people begin to feel isolated from other people. Loneliness can be the result of lack of or low empathy skills. Humans need to feel that others understand what they are going through. Without the closeness that is triggered by empathy, we would feel solitary, lonely and misunderstood. On a positive note, Dr. Small explains that it is possible to increase your mind’s ability to empathize. This can lead to greater mental health for you as well as for others.

If a parent never learns to express his or her feelings openly, children do not develop the empathy skills to notice their parent’s nonverbal clues. When family members learn to talk openly about negative feelings like anger, guilt and resentment, they are better able to connect with each other and develop closer relationships.

Dr. Small states that three skills are essential for connecting with others:

1. Learn to listen by putting aside distractions, both external (email, text messaging, games) and internal (worries and thoughts) and focus attention on the other person.

2. Recognize how other people are feeling by studying their non-verbal communication. Communicate that you are there for them by making eye contact and touching them appropriately, like a reassuring hand on their shoulder.

3. Let others know you understand. Restate what you hear them saying to you. Ask for additional details.

Be encouraged as you try to increase your empathy skills by the fact that our brains are programmed to bring us together as social beings. A little effort on our part can both diminish the current trend toward greater isolation and improve our relationships with others. This can enhance both our mind health and our quality of life.

Except for the personal experiences included, all of the ideas detailed in this blog have been taken from Dr. Gary Small’s Mind Health Report, Vol.5, Issue 9 / September 2013: Learning to Care—Empathy Enriches Our Lives.

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Breaking the Artificial Barrier Between Medicine and Religion

Dr. Chauncey Crandall once kept a strict line between his religious world and his scientific world. He no longer does. Years of medical practice have shown him clearly that patients who follow religious paths fare better and have less anxiety, depression and loneliness than those with no religious beliefs. When he prays for his patients, they not only welcome it, they benefit from it. In general, praying relieves stress that is destructive to health, induces a calm state and causes unhealthy hormones to dissipate.

A study published in the Southern Medical Journal found that patients who were prayed for by others fared better as well. They had fewer complications and required less drug treatment. A recent study at Duke University Medical School found that patients who received intercessory prayer had lower complications and quicker recovery rates than patients who received other non-medical therapies.*

I would like to add a personal experience that is taking place as I write. Last week my husband Bob had open heart surgery for replacement of an aortic valve and two by-passes. We are grateful that God gave him a warning just in time to stop irreversible heart damage. All of our children prayed for him, our ministers prayed for him, our elders anointed him as they laid hands on him and prayed and an enormous number of friends here and around the country prayed for him. He came through the operation extremely well and is recovering much faster than many heart patients half his age. We believe all these prayers are being answered as we watch him recover well ahead of schedule.

When he was released from the hospital last Sunday, he slept a few hours, then insisted I take him to church for our evening Bible Study. Members of our congregation were totally surprised to see him. His experience lines up with the findings of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine that those who attend church at least once a week and pray and study the Bible regularly have a 40 percent lower diastolic blood pressure than those who attend less frequently and pray less often. There are now multiple research studies that have found that both prayer by the patients themselves and intercessory prayer from other people help patients recover faster from illness and help them live more satisfied lives.

A recent special issue of the Mind Health Report listed 47 Health Benefits of Prayer. It was a compilation of major studies of the effects of prayer and religious practice on various illnesses and physical conditions. Dr. Andrew Newburg, the founder of neurotheology, concluded that religious beliefs and activities such as prayer “have a profound impact on our mental and physical well being by reducing stress, improving resistance to diseases, enhancing memory and mental function, and helping us to lead longer lives.” **

Study after study proved that belief in God and regular prayers help people get through a wide range of diseases, endure pain well, and predict a longer and healthier lifespan. Prayer affects regions of the brain that improve self-control, increase a person’s ability to forgive and therefore have greater satisfaction in life, increases gratitude and reduces the impact of financial difficulties, helps victims of abusive relationships to recover a positive view of themselves and reduces emotional pain.

It helps cancer patients experience greater well-being and a far better quality of life; traumatic brain injury victims experience a better recovery; heart surgery patients have fewer complications and shorter hospital stays. Prayer helps calm the anger of high blood pressure patients and fosters positive emotions such as compassion. Caregivers experience improved moods and stress reduction, and Alzheimer’s patients experience a significantly slower progress of the disease. In addition to more rapid recovery from illness, research has found that couples who share religious beliefs, who think, discuss and practice their beliefs in the home as well as church are happier than those with no religious orientation or those who only attend church services. ***

Scientific research has made it clear that those who pray seriously and frequently affect their own lives and the lives of those they pray for in a multitude of positive ways.

*Dr. Chauncey Crandall, M. D., Heart Health Report, Vol.3, Issue 12, December 2012
** Special Report, Mind Health Report, 47 Health Benefits of Prayer, page 1
*** Ibid, Taken from studies throughout the report.

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More Great Ways To Improve Your Memory

Do you experience “senior moments?” It seems like all our friends are having them these days. No, they don’t have Alzheimer’s, but they are having trouble recalling names, finding their keys and glasses, remembering their appointments, and coming up with the right word at the right time.

Dr. Gary Small, Professor of Psychiatry and Aging and Director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, offers simple tips to improve our memories. He has also written a book, The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program. I am finding his suggestions very helpful and I am eager to read his book.

Dr. Small tells us that almost everyone has some memory decline by age 45 and our memory sharpness continues to decrease. However, if we exercise our memory, it will improve right away.

In the February Mind Health Report*, Dr. Small gives us a list of ten words, asks us to spend 1 minute memorizing them, then see if we can remember them 5 minutes later. The words appear totally unrelated. My first reaction was, “No way,” but the thought came to me that I could make up a story about them. I did and I not only remembered all ten of them after 5 minutes, I remembered them the next morning and the next night as well. I had stumbled onto Dr. Smal’s strategy of making a connection to each word and it was so simple. Here are the words. Try it yourself and see how easy it makes the task.

Umbrella Pasta
Banker Coffee
Poodle Wallet
Concert Nurse
Baseball Taxi

All kinds of people are encouraging us to keep our minds active: learn a new language; play bridge, sudoku, Scrabble, and cross-word puzzles; and memorize scriptures. My doctor has recommended that I memorize multiple telephone numbers.

Dr. Small recommends a focused technique that he has named “Look, Snap, and Connect.” Look stands for “focus our attention.” I am guilty of thinking of many things when I am introduced to a new person, but I fail to really focus on the person’s name. Snap tells us to “create a mental snapshot.”  This is important because our brains are wired to remember things visually. Connect those mental images so they have meaning. By creating a visual picture of each of the ten words and “linking them together,” it was surprisingly easy to remember them.

The more detailed our images, the more unusual they are, and the more active they are, the more memorable they will be. Dr. Small urges us to keep to-do lists, but if we leave them behind, we can still make up a story with vivid images of each errand and connect them together so we can remember them.

When we meet someone for the first time, we must pay attention and stay in the moment. Search for a facial detail, a unique gesture, posture, or walk and find a way to connect it to the name.

Create memory places and be consistent about putting our keys in one, our glasses in another, but each place should be logical and convenient.

Final tips from Dr. Small were to practice deep breathing exercises to calm ourselves when we become anxious about failing to retrieve the name or word we are looking for. When it is “on the-tip-of-our-tongue,” we should jot down as many associations as we can to the word, title, or name that we are searching for. When we finally recall the word, we should write it down next to the associations and link the associations to the word.

Since my success in recalling the list of ten words and success in remembering telephone numbers that I have been looking up for years, I feel so much better about my ability to remember and I am excited about creating good memory habits for the future.

*Dr. Small’s memory exercises are detailed in The Mind Health Report, Vol.5, Issue 2/ February 2013, which is published by Newsmax Media, Inc. Their e-mail address is mindreport@newsmax.com.

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My Amazing Live Blood Analysis Results

When I returned home from my summer in Maine, the first thing I did was make an appointment with my Health Coach for a live blood test. I have stayed on the Plant-based Alkaline Diet for two years now. When I first went to her, I had all kinds of parasites and bacteria in my blood and an excessive amount of fungus, Candida, and heavy metals. My red blood cells were stuck together in unhealthy spirals, and my white blood cells were not moving. She gave me a grade of F on my blood condition.

This time I received an A. My blood looked nearly as healthy as hers and she said I could now occasionally enjoy some of the foods I had given up. Every red blood cell was floating freely and my healthy white blood cells were moving nicely. The fungus and Candida were gone as were most of the heavy metals. The parasites were so diminished they were no longer a problem. On top of that, I had lost 34 lbs. without even trying. Happy Day!

I give you these personal details in an effort to convince you that healthy eating really does make a difference. It can add years of activity to your life and help you maintain a healthy brain as well.

Picture of my blood the end of 2010 Picture of my blood now in 2012

My Health Coach, a live blood analyst, had just returned from a major international conference of Alternative Medicine Experts that was put together by an American M.D., Dr. Edward Kontrot. He is an ophthalmologist and has spent 20 years searching for safe alternative treatments that can improve vision without drugs and surgeries. His website is www.healingtheeye.com.

When she presented her findings on the effects of healthy eating on a person’s blood, she captured the attention of the entire conference and received the first prize for making the greatest contribution to the conference and the advancement of alternative health practices.

Her knowledge comes from studying under four different microscope doctors. She has a machine that multiplies the size of your blood 18,000 times so you can clearly see everything in it. Unfortunately medical doctors do not receive this training in medical school and do not believe that all these things are in our blood. Their training is to name a disease and prescribe a drug for it. Very often they suggest that it is an inherited disease when it could just as well be the result of your unhealthy drinking and eating habits. Just this past week I read in our local newspaper that deaths caused by medical drugs or a combination of drugs are increasing. How much better it would be to change to a healthier lifestyle than to put so many harmful chemicals and toxins into your body.

One of the things she presented was a chart taken from The Fungal/Mycotoxin Etiology of Human Disease, Vol.2, 1994.

Pathogenic Microorganisms
Honey 5 million per cup
Milk 5 million per cup
Butter 7 million per cup
Eggs 37 million per egg
Cheese 100 million per serving
Ice Cream 225 million per serving
Beef, Poultry, Fish 336 million per serving
Average American Meal 750 million to 1 billion per meal
Average Vegan Meal 500 per meal

Pathogenic Microorganisms are basically the same as parasites and bacteria of varying sizes and maturity. Large numbers of them in the blood can lead to many different illnesses. We take them into our bodies primarily in the food we eat. The above chart is hard to believe, but you can clearly see the advantage of a plant-based (Vegan) diet. Even after eating this way for two years and having seen the dramatic decrease in the parasites in my own body, I still find it amazing that so many parasites find their way into our bodies through what we eat. Seeing your own blood magnified 18,000 times on a screen is all it takes to become convinced that your body is full of them.

Alternative practitioners believe that toxins in the blood, heavy metals, lack of oxygen, and poor diet lead to neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, diabetes, and many other diseases. What has worked for me is eliminating animal products and flour products. Dr. Young, the best alternative doctor in the United States recommends eating primarily the following and has given us an easy way to remember it:

C Green chlorophyll products – green vegetables
O Oxygen and good oil – coconut, grape seed, and olive
W Water – clean with minerals in it
S Himalayan Salt or sea salt, not American salt

You can read the book The PH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health by Drs. Robert and Shelly Young (order the updated 2010 version from his website rather than Amazon) or call them in San Diego. Their phone number is on their website: www.phmiracleliving.com. A second book that you may find helpful is Rainbow Green Live-food Cuisine by Gabriel Cousens, M. D.

Dr. Raymond Hilu is considered the top alternative M. D. in the world. He presently operates a clinic in Europe but may soon open one in the United States.  He uses live blood analysis to diagnose your condition and create a program to correct imbalances. He believes that poor diet and the build up of toxins are the root causes of all disease. His website is fascinating and particularly informative if you have cancer.

As I read a wide variety of medical newsletters, I see that more and more physicians and organizations are promoting a plant-based diet. Have any of you tried one and had good results?

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The Incredible Benefits of a Positive Attitude

Dr. Paul Nussbaum, a clinical neuropsychologist and professor of neurological surgery, believes a positive attitude is the best treatment for disease. A leader in the area of brain health lifestyle, he believes flooding our bodies with positive feelings can promote health and produce miracles of healing. The brain, he says, has the “ability to be shaped by environmental input throughout a person’s lifetime.” This means simply that positive input has a positive effect and negative input has a negative effect on the brain regardless of age.

The medicines he prescribes are love, laughter, forgiveness, compassion, and spirituality. His good news is that it is never too late to increase the plasticity of your brain. It wants to be stimulated and built to be healthy. Engaging in novel and complex activities helps to grow new brain cells at any age. They will fight off disease. He is an advocate of socialization and believes that working together people can do great things. He encourages quiet time and recommends walks on the beach or in the woods. All of these things help eliminate negative stress which destroys both our bodies and our minds.**

It is the brain that begins and maintains our body’s homeostasis (internal stability). It reacts positively to good nurturing, sending cascades of good feelings throughout the body. These good feelings over time promote the development of brain reserve, which enables the brain to delay the onset of diseases like Alzheimer’s. Brain reserve is responsible for many qualities that promote health and well-being: compassion, forgiveness, and love in addition to a general positive attitude.

It is now well-known that chronic stress has a negative impact on our lives. New research has established that parental nurturing has an enormous effect on how children relate to stress. By measuring children’s hippocampi, the area of the brain critical for new learning, researchers have found that children of nurturing, caring parents have significantly larger hippocampi than those whose parents are poor nurturers. Having a larger hippocampus from positive input can influence health later in life and can delay the onset of diseases and dementia.

It is easy to react negatively to stress, but if you want to stay well or to overcome an illness, you must resist the build-up of toxic and negative thoughts and flood your mind instead with positive thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Dr. Nussbaum believes there is no better treatment.

He emphasizes “the importance of stimulating and taking care of your brain throughout your life.” He believes that a disease like Alzheimer’s begins much earlier in life, long before symptoms begin to appear. Prevention through a lifelong pursuit of brain health would include, in addition to good parental nurturing, “ongoing mental stimulation, good nutrition, regular physical activity, socialization,” and stress control.

Dr. Harold Koenig, M. D., director of Duke University’s center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health, has written several books on the relationship between faith and healing. He believes that the power of prayer can actually heal the body. Scientific studies are accumulating that find that a strong spiritual belief system makes people healthier and happier, and helps them live longer. They recover more quickly from certain forms of cancer, coronary heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis and they have more hope and optimism, less depression, and lower rates of suicide. Overall they experience a greater sense of well-being. This correlates with Dr. Nussbaum’s advice to flood your body with positive feelings. Having a strong faith and strong friendships and being immersed in a supportive community, enables a person to handle stress better and avoid the breakdown of the immune, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems. These are vital to maintaining health and help the body recover faster from disease and illness.

These findings agree with the thesis of Epigenetic Science: that a strong faith, an active prayer life, and a positive attitude and lifestyle leads to a happier, healthier life and can even alter the way our genes activate. Dr. Nussbaum recommends a lifelong pursuit of brain health and believes the earlier it starts, the better are our chances for preventing serious neurological disease later in life.

When asked if the mind has the power to make the body healthier, Dr. Henry Grayson, author of the book Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind, cites a case where a patient suffering with terminal lymphoma, was saved just from believing that a new drug would work, even though medically it was found to be worthless. He recommends that we reprogram our brains by clearing out all of the negative beliefs and replace them with healthier, more positive thoughts and beliefs. He likens it to plucking the weeds and planting new flowers.

As more and more doctors come to believe that it is possible to prevent disease by a positive, healthy state of mind, we should all be encouraged to make the effort to focus on positive, rather than negative things. Once you become aware of stressful, unhappy thoughts taking over your mind, you can choose not to entertain them. What an easy thing to do when you consider the likely consequences of hanging on to them!

*The ideas in this article are taken from The Mind Health Report, vol.4, Issue 6, June 2012 and vol.4. Issue 7, July 2012.

**For more information on Dr. Nussbaum’s work and the brain health lifestyle, visit his website: www.paulnussbaum.com

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Improving Your Memory

As statistics soar on the number of people who will suffer short-term memory loss in the future, fear about the debilitating disease of Alzheimer’s increases. Recent surveys have found this disease causes the greatest fear among older adults. At the same time articles are appearing in diverse publications encouraging people to take a pro-active stance against memory loss. It is exciting to learn that what we do on a regular basis can actually improve our memory function.

While some degree of memory loss is common as people age, it is not universal. Memory involves learning information, storing it, and pulling it out from storage at the proper time. If any one of these steps fail, the whole system breaks down, but there are specific steps we can take to help our recall and preserve and strengthen our memory:

  • Sufficiently focus on information to be able to store it. It helps to prioritize and do only one thing at a time. When you are reading or listening, concentrate on the information being presented. Address a person by name shortly after being introduced. Learn small chunks at a time. Designate special places for important items. Use calendars, schedules, lists and other organizers to help you retain the information.
  • Form healthy lifetime habits, especially eating a brain friendly diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables whose antioxidants protect the brain from free radicals. Consume omega-3 fatty acids in such things as walnuts, flaxseed and coldwater fish to protect the brain against oxidative stress and to help signaling between nerve cells. One study found that berries such as blueberries and strawberries delayed cognitive decline. They are rich in flavonoids, plant compounds that have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Challenge your mind continually. Exercise your brain with challenging mental tasks to form new connections between nerve cells and help old ones function efficiently. Even for those with mild cognitive impairment (beginning stages of Alzheimer’s) reading mentally stimulating material, playing new games such as chess and bridge, learning a new language and doing crossword or Sudoku puzzles can produce substantial improvements. A variety of mentally stimulating activities may cause new brain circuitry to grow.
  • Exercise your body regularly—even brisk walking enhances the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.
  • Remain socially active. Engage in conversations that challenge your mind. Maintain social support and connection rather than withdrawing when you feel your memory slipping. It can reduce stress that compromises memory and improve brain function even in people with mild to moderate dementia.
  • Allow adequate sleeping time. This allows you to retrieve information more efficiently. Regular sleeping and awakening times, avoiding caffeine late in the day, eating light in the evening insure a good night’s sleep.

All these things taken together help to better overall memory function.

Research has found that depression and dementia often occur together. A long term study of 13,535 people found that being depressed late in life increased the risk of developing dementia by 70%. The risk rose to 80% for those who suffered depression both in mid-life and late in life. Although there are many other causes for depression, researchers believe depression may actually be an early sign of Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Gordon and Dr. Grossberg caution against a long list of memory thieves. Some of these include head trauma, stress and anxiety, sleep disorders, diseases such as COPD, kidney disease, diabetes, and excessive alcohol intake. Both medical conditions and medications for them can affect your memory function. They advise taking as few medications as possible.

Alzheimer’s is a medically defined disease. If you are experiencing short-term memory loss, you should see a doctor. But don’t jump to conclusions prematurely. There are many causes of memory loss that are not connected with Alzheimer’s. And start early taking care of your brain. Remember that it can be strengthened. Promote the development of brain reserve—which is the neurophysiological explanation for how the brain can delay the onset of diseases, such as Alzheimer’s dementia. And don’t worry about your future. Dr. Paul Nussbaum believes a positive attitude is the best treatment.* More about this next time.

*The Mind Health Report, Vol. 4, Issue 6, June 2012

The material detailed in this article is taken from 5 Strategies for Saving Your Memory, the Mind Health Report, Vol.4, Issue 8, August 2012 which consulted George T. Grossberg, M. D., Samuel W. Fordyce professor and director of geriatric psychiatry in the department of neurology and psychiatry at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and Barry Gordon, M. D., Ph.D., a professor of neurology and cognitive science at the John Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore.

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