Thursday, October 24, 2013

Do Nuts Add to Increased Weight Gain?

I just received this recent study from my colleague and mentor, Dr. Frank Schallenberger that I wanted to share. As you know, most doctors - conventional and alternative - recommend eating nuts. But nuts contain a lot of calories - about 170 calories per ounce. And many people, including me, love to snack on them. So are these tasty treats making us fat?

The interesting thing is that studies using food diaries show that the more frequently people eat nuts, the less fat they are. So what's the deal?

Recently some researchers examined all the literature to date. They were looking to find some studies that put half of the participants on a diet high in nuts and the other half on a diet without nuts. All together they found a total of 33 studies that did just that. Then they added up the results.
They found that there was no difference in the people eating the nuts verses those not eating them. This was true not only for weight, but also for waist size. So nuts are not fattening. 
Most nuts are high in magnesium and vitamin E. Brazil nuts are particularly high in selenium which is often deficient. Low levels of selenium can lead to breast and prostate cancer. Walnuts are the only nuts that are high in the essential omega-3 fats.
The best way to eat nuts is raw. You can soak them overnight to help with optimal absorption. I prefer to eat mixed nuts to get the best balance of the various nutrients. And you can do so knowing they won't pack on the pounds. If you have a nut sensitivity, I can  help you with that using desensitization techniques as well as taking specific enzymes that help with breaking down the fats. If you have been cutting out this important nutrient, I encourage you to rethink it ... and feel free to go a little nutty!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

7 Simple Steps to Vibrant Health: Step 1: Thinking Well

I want my clients to know that achieving optimal, vibrant health can be easy! I have come up with 7 Simple Steps to help them create Vibrant Health and I am sharing them with you. By practicing each step, day by day, you will notice long term results when it comes to your health! I often tell my clients, do one thing, each and every day, and before you know it, you will realize that vibrant health is not so hard to achieve! So let's get ready ....

STEP 1:       THINK WELL          
  1. Set SMART Goals
    1. Specific - Define what Vibrant Health means to you. Does your goal clearly and specifically state what you are trying to achieve? If your goal is particularly large or lofty, try breaking it down into smaller, specific SMART goals. What are your specific goals regarding your health? Write them down. Be very specific so your subconscious mind can go to work on them.
    2. Measurable - A goal needs to me monitored and measurable. You have to know if you are hitting your targets and if not, readjust! How will you (and others) know if progress is being made on achieving your goal? Can you quantify or put numbers to your outcome? 
    3. Attainable - Is achieving your goal dependent on anyone else? Is it possible to reframe your goal so it only depends on you and not others? What factors may prevent you from accomplishing your goal?  
    4. Relevant: Why is achieving this goal important to you? What values in your life does this goal reflect? What effect will achieving your goal have on your life or on others? Knowing how being able to do the things you want to do with the people you want to do them with is a great motivator when it comes to your health goals.
    5. Time-Bound: When will you reach your goal? Again, if your goal is particularly large, try breaking it down into smaller goals with appropriate incremental deadlines. A good goal is something that can be reached, in the amount of time you decide to achieve it. If you have a big goal, like losing 50 pounds for example, then a SMART Goal would look like this: "I will lose 50 pounds" in one year's time". It can also be beneficial to break that goal into smaller increments and measure your successes as you go. For example: "I will lose 10 pounds in 2 months time. I will achieve this by increasing my exercise to 40 minutes, 5 days a week; I will eliminate pop from my diet; and I will increase my daily intake of green vegetables to 4 cups per day.
    6. When you do hit your goal, celebrate it! Celebrate all the win's in your life and in the lives of those you love!
  2. Do Daily Affirmations
  3. Consider your best self hope for it, see it, and believe it!
  4. Be kind to yourself
    1. Incorporate self-loving habits into your life
    2.  Believe in miracles and expect them!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

NAET Overview

What is NAET?


NAET® was discovered by Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad in November of 1983. Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques, also known as NAET, are a non-invasive, drug free, natural solution to alleviate allergies of all types and intensities using a blend of selective energy balancing, testing and treatment procedures from acupuncture/acupressure, allopathy, nutritional, and kinesiological disciplines of medicine.

One allergen is treated at a time. If you are not severely immune deficient, you may need just one treatment to desensitize one allergen. A person with mild to moderate amount of allergies may take about 15-20 office visits to desensitize 15-20 food and environmental allergens.
Basic essential nutrients are treated during the first few visits. Chemicals, environmental allergens, vaccinations, immunizations, etc. are treated after completing about ten basic essential nutrients. NAET can successfully alleviate adverse reactions to egg, milk, peanuts, penicillin, aspirin, mushrooms, shellfish, latex, grass, ragweed, flowers, perfume, animal dander, animal epithelial, make-up, chemicals, cigarette smoke, pathogens, heat, cold, other environmental agents. It may take several office visits to desensitize a severe allergen.

Holistic Family Nurse Practitioner, Martha Bray, received her training directly by Dr. Nambudripad and has taken many andvanced training courses offered by Dr. Nambudripad. Please continue reading the following explanation of NAET by Dr. Nambudripad herself:

Allopathy & Western Sciences

Knowledge of the brain, cranial nerves, spinal nerves and autonomic nervous system from Western medicine enlightens us about the body’s efficient multilevel communication network. Through this network of nerves, vital energy circulates through the body carrying negative and positive messages from the brain to each and every cell in the body and back to the brain. Knowledge of the nervous system, its origin, travel pathway, the organs and tissues that will benefit from its nerve energy supplies (target organs and tissues) and its destination, helps us to understand the energy distribution of particular spinal nerves that emerge from the 31 pairs of spinal nerve roots.


Kinesiology is the art and science of movement of the human body. Kinesiology is used in NAET to compare the strength and weakness of any muscle (also known as neuromuscular sensitivity testing (NST)) of the body in the presence and absence of any substance. A measured weakness in the presence of a substance is due to the effect of an allergy to the item the person is touching. This simple method can be used to detect your allergens.

Acupuncture /Oriental Medicine
Yin-Yang theory from Oriental medical principles teaches the importance of maintaining homeostasis in the body. According to Oriental medical principles, “when the body is in perfect balance, no disease is possible.” Any disturbance in the homeostasis can cause disease. Any allergen capable of producing a weakening muscular effect in the body can cause disturbance in homeostasis. Hence, diseases can be prevented and cured by maintaining homeostasis. According to acupuncture theory, acupuncture and/or Acupressure at certain acupuncture points is capable of bringing the body to a state of homeostasis by removing the energy blockages from the energy pathways known as meridians. When the blockages are removed, energy can flow freely through the energy meridians, thus bringing the body in perfect balance.


You are what you eat! The secret to good health is achieved through right nutrition. What is right nutrition? And how do you get it? When you can eat nutritious foods without discomfort and assimilate their nutrients, that food is said to be the right food. When you get indigestion, bloating, or other digestive troubles upon eating the food, that food is not helping you function normally. This is due to an allergy to the food. Different foods react differently in different people. What is food for some may be poison for others. You've probably heard the expression, “one man’s meat is another man’s poison.” So it is very important to clear the allergy to the nutrients. Allergic people can tolerate food that is low in nutrition better than nutritious food. But upon clearing the allergy, you should try to eat more wholesome, nutritious foods. You should avoid refined, bleached food that is devoid of nutrients. Many people who are feeling poorly due to undiagnosed food allergies, may take vitamins or other supplements to increase their vitality after they get treated for the specific allergy. If they happen to be allergic to the nutritional supplements they are taking, this can actually make them feel worse. Only after clearing those allergies, can their bodies properly assimilate them. So nutritional assessment should be done periodically and if needed, appropriate supplements should be taken to receive faster results.

NAET does NOT claim to cure allergies or food, chemical and environmental sensitivities. NAET does not support the use of lasers in lieu of acupressure and acupuncture modalities. Do-it-yourself, at-home type kits can be extremely dangerous or harmful. Laser devices to treat allergies are currently being investigated by the FDA for inappropriate activities and claims. NAET is not responsible for any damage that is done by the use of such devices attempting to mimic NAET techniques. Any and all allergy treatment must be supervised by an approved and licensed health professional. Practitioners and programs that use words such as “distance treatments”, “JMT”, “BioSet”, “ByeBye Allergies”, “Berg technique”, “Advanced Allergy Elimination Technique”, “Allergy Pathways”, “Allergy Elimination Technique”, “the allergy kit”, and “A/SERT” do not perform Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET) and are not sanctioned by NAET. NAET cannot be held responsible for any harm that may come from receiving such treatments or techniques that mimic or try to copy NAET.