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The Barrel, The Ladder & The Wall

thebarrelBy: Jerry Petermann, 2016

Curious title? Yes, but illustrative for our discussion.

Often an analogy serves best to make a point. We will explore three.

The Barrel
In the world of pickles and whisky, a wooden barrel is the ideal storage vessel. Some people even advertise how their liquor or beer is aged in oak barrels. Laudable, as they even claim to make their barrels for that very purpose.

Now, in the construction of a well-made wooden barrel, the pieces known as staves, must be crafted with perfection to make a liquid tight construction. Even these “perfect” staves must be held in place by some external force; metal bands, to maintain integrity. Should some other external force be placed on the barrel, in most cases these bands will resist catastrophic failure. However, should an external force be applied to a single stave, the entire barrel might collapse, as together all are strong but individually, they are not.

The human body’s complex systems are rather like a barrel of wooden staves held together with “bands” of proper diet, exercise, mental well-being, hydration, supplementation and rest. Continue reading →

Improving Vitamin D Absorption

Vitamin DArticle by: Dr Z

Up until recently, the true significance of vitamin D has been relatively uncovered. Traditionally, because it is well known for assimilating calcium from the foods that we eat, vitamin D is usually associated with being essential for bone health. Today, however, researchers are discovering that it can help protect against a host of other, more serious health problems such as: type 1 and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, glucose intolerance, and even multiple sclerosis!

Common Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency
Relatively unheard of 100 years ago when people regularly spent time outdoors (regardless of the temperature or weather conditions!) vitamin D deficiency is quickly becoming an epidemic.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), hypovitaminosis D (low vitamin D levels) is usually a result of: Continue reading →

What are Cataracts & Some Natural Treatments

cataract1Article by: Dr Axe

What’s it like to have cataracts?
Imagine looking at everything through a fogged-up window and you’ll have somewhat of any idea what a cataract sufferer deals with.

  • The older we get, the more likely cataracts become.
  • Over 22 million Americans who are 40 or older currently have cataracts to some degree.
    Cataracts don’t appear out of nowhere.
  • Typically, a cataract takes several years to slowly develop.
  • Cataracts are not caused by overusing the eyes and cannot be spread from one eye to the other.
  • Most people opt for surgery when cataracts really start to interfere with their vision, but there are natural ways to prevent and slow the progression of a cataract.
  • The majority of studies have been done with foods rather than supplements so fresh, whole foods really are your best weapon against cataracts.
  • Natural treatment can help cataracts stop progressing even if they don’t go away completely on their own.
  • There might soon be eye drops containing an organic compound that non-invasively treat cataracts.
  • A healthy lifestyle, especially a diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, is key to overall eye health.

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A Detoxification Blend of Essential Oils

zendocrinedoTERRA Zendocrine® Detoxification Blend

Article From: doTERRA.com

Primary Benefits

  • Supports the body’s natural ability to rid itself of unwanted substances*
  • Supports healthy liver function*
  • Purifying and detoxifying to the body’s systems*

Ingredients
Tangerine Peel, Rosemary Leaf, Geranium Plant, Juniper Berry, Cilantro Herb essential oils.

Description
Zendocrine essential oil blend supports the body’s natural ability to rid itself of unwanted substances.* It supports the healthy cleansing and filtering functions of the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs, and skin.* This powerful blend combines Rosemary, Cilantro, and Juniper Berry, known for their detoxifying properties and ability to support healthy liver function, while Tangerine and Geranium have purifying effects against unhealthy substances.* Zendocrine helps cleanse the body of toxins and free radicals that can slow the body’s systems down, leaving a heavy, weighted feeling.* Continue reading →

Insulin Resistance and Your Brain

insulinresistanceArticle by: Georgia Ede MD

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease Is Easier Than You Think
Science shines new light on root cause of memory problems.

Do you have Insulin Resistance?
If you don’t know, you’re not alone. This is perhaps the single most important question any of us can ask about our physical and mental health—yet most patients, and even many doctors, don’t know how to answer it.

Here in the U.S., insulin resistance has reached epidemic proportions: more than half of us are now insulin resistant. Insulin resistance is a hormonal condition that sets the stage throughout the body for inflammation and overgrowth, disrupts normal cholesterol and fat metabolism, and gradually destroys our ability to process carbohydrates.

Insulin resistance puts us at high risk for many undesirable diseases, including obesity, heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

Scarier still, researchers now understand that insulin resistance is a powerful force in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. Continue reading →

Healthy No-Bake Cookies

no bake cookiesHealthy No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

From: Mama Z ‘s Kitchen

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup grass fed butter
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened almond butter
  • ⅓ cup raw honey
  • ⅓ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 3 Tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup gluten free quick oats
  • * 1-2 drops peppermint essential oil

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Running Barefoot

barefootMay actually improve your cognitive performance…

Article from: doTERRA Science

Fitness is an interminable series of fads, some backed up by legitimate science, others quickly debunked. The evolution of running is a perfect example of this—a fascinating and completely cyclical evolution. Over the last decade it has become increasingly popular to “run like our ancestors” in very minimalist footwear or even totally barefoot. Like any other craze, there are benefits and disadvantages to so-called “minimalist running,” but science has recently uncovered a fascinating benefit that has nothing to do with your half-marathon time.

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A Protective Blend of Essential Oils

protective blendI want to dedicate my 1st post as a doTERRA Certified Site to this product because it was probably the most influential product for me choosing doTERRA as the Essential oil company of my choice.

dōTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend
As one of doTERRA’s most popular oils, doTERRA On Guard is a powerful proprietary blend that supports healthy immune function* and contains cleansing properties.

Primary Benefits

  • Supports healthy immune and respiratory function*
  • Protects against environmental threats*
  • Supports the body’s natural antioxidant defenses*
  • Promotes healthy circulation*
  • Energizing and uplifting aroma

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Exercise: Good Medicine?

exerciseSee: full Article by Dr Axe

If you’re trying to lose weight, there’s no doubt about it, changing your diet is more important than exercising. (That’s the topic of one of my favorite mythbusters, in fact.) But does that mean you should skip exercising altogether? Absolutely not. Exercise reduces chronic disease and can sometimes even replace medication.

While working out might not be the number one factor in shedding pounds, it’s vital for so much more than weight loss. Not only do the benefits of exercise include feeling happier and boosting energy levels, but it’s a proven way to reduce the risk of chronic diseases and cancer — who doesn’t want that? Continue reading →