Stop Poisoning Our Children

personal-care-productsMany parents would likely take umbrage at the suggestion that they were willfully poisoning their children, yet according to recent findings by The Center for Environmental Health, which found that nearly 100 name brand shampoos and soaps included the known carcinogen, cocamide DEA (cocamide diethanolamine) in their formulas.

The Centre — an Oakland, California advocacy centre, started in 1996, which has helped lead the growing, nationwide effort to protect consumers from toxic chemicals, filed a suit after discovering the presence of cocamide DEA, which is a violation of California’s Proposition 65. Prop 65 requires manufacturers to warn consumers over the risks of certain substances. Cocamide DEA is on that list because it is a suspected carcinogen. It was banned in the state last year after a study found it caused cancer in laboratory animals.

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Dynamic Wellness – Staying Informed

2013-04-08 13.39.52It’s not something I’d ever given much thought to, as a naturopathic physician. Dynamic wellness requires vigilant study of the latest scientific research, and staying informed so that my patients, clients and the medical professionals who come to me for consulting could be sure they were getting the very best products, information and technology for their needs.

But I’ve realised that for some folks, the idea that I might recommend something new is somehow unsettling and confusing, so I thought we would talk about that here.

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The Magic Pebbles

decorated_pebbles_1Because you matter to us… I thought I’d share the story of the Magic Pebbles. as told to me by my dear friend, Mr. Jim Rohn long ago:

Long ago, there lived in the mountains of Tibet, a nomadic people, who were preparing to retire for the night, when suddenly there appeared a dazzling light in the sky, which descended, until it completely surrounded them. The nomadic people immediately recognised that they were in the presence of Primordial Wisdom. And so they sat attentively, awaiting whatever incredible message would surely be forthcoming.

Finally, out of the light, there came a voice, “My friends, gather as many pebbles as you can. Put them into your saddle bags, your coat pockets and your travel chests, and then travel one day’s journey toward the East. Tomorrow night will find you happy and sad.” With that, the celestial being departed, leaving the people somewhat frustrated and grumbling.

“Surely the great being would have had a more important message for us… the secret to prosperity, or a better life… some treasure or great revelation… not this absurd menial task that made no sense at all!” But as they retired, believing that there might have been something to what the great Primordial Wisdom being said, each of them picked up a few pebbles, putting them in their pockets, all the while voicing their displeasure.

And so it was that, like most other days, they traveled a day’s journey, and as they began to encamp for the night, they discovered that each of the pebbles had turned into a diamond!

Indeed they were happy to see this good fortune and miraculous gift, and they were likewise sad that they only picked up a couple pebbles.

Your life is like that, and so is your health. Each day, you have the opportunity to pick up as many “pebbles” as you can.

Every time you take just one step toward a healthier, more vibrant life, you are picking up a pebble. Every time you let someone know about the wellness services and protocols we make available throughout the world, you are picking up a pebble.

And guess what, every time you take a few moments to be kind and gentle to yourself… every time you allow yourself to relax and recharge, you are picking up a pebble.

And I will promise you this…

One day, those pebbles will become diamonds for you! The question is, how many will you have accumulated? How long will you wait before you begin picking up the pebbles in your day?

Live with Passion!

gianmichael


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Knowing Your Body’s pH Level

Knowing your body’s pH level could save your life. Let me explain why…

Few people would disagree that clean, purified water is essential to good health. And we all readily agree that our water sources in the Western World are becoming increasingly dangerous and polluted.

Not only are harmful bacterial levels and contaminates a serious concern, but neurotoxins, like fluoride, and pharmceutical drug residue from the world’s reliance on drugs, such as Xanax, Prozac and sleeping pills are beginning to find their way into our water supplies.

Even water supplies that have no pharmaceutical residue are loaded up with disinfection byproducts (DBPs), chlorination chemicals and fluoride.

alkalinebodyBad quality of water, and a Western diet that’s chocked full of chemical-laden meats, sugars, preservatives and other chemicals leads to a condition in the body known as acidosis.

Acidosis is an increased acidity in the blood and other body tissue. Acidosis is said to occur when arterial pH falls below 7.35. The pH level of our blood affects every cell in our body. Chronic acidosis corrodes body tissue, and if left unchecked, will interrupt all cellular activities and functions.

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Organic Living – Creating the Results We Desire

w20753treasure2As with gardening, creating the results we desire is simple, when we ensure that we’ve planted in fertile soil.

The ancient wisdom tells us, “Don’t store up for yourself mundane treasures, which moths and vermin can destroy. These things a thief can steal in the night. Instead, store up for yourselves the Treasures Within (heavenly treasures). For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

The Great Teacher understood that until we’ve built up that Divine Treasure… that Inner Wisdom, Compassion and the Pure Motivation of the true Servant Leader… that our worldly attainments would be fleeting.

Like a house built on sand, it would easily fall.

But when we give attention to what Dr. Stephen Covey calls “First Things First“, then our houses are in order, and we can organically begin to attract and manifest the results we week.


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Meditation and the Use of Essential Oils for Better Health

Research shows that regular practice of mindfulness/meditation and the use of essential oils can be an effective means of reclaiming better health.

MINDFULNESS

mindfulness“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says the study’s senior author Sara Lazar, a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology.

Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.

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Organic Living – Get Out & Walk

ORGANIC LIVING TIP #1 – No matter how busy or limited your life might be, you can always make time to walk. You don’t need any special equipment or training to get out and walk each day, and yet it gives you everything—health, clarity, fun, creativity, productivity, a connection with your environment, the history of your surrounding, and your community.

According to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the closer you live to nature, the healthier you’re likely to be.

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Core Principles of Natural Health

The goal of all health care and bodywork is to “do no harm”, and that should also be the approach we take, in my opinion, when it comes to our nutritional approach to a healthy body. That’s why I decided to share these Core Principles of Natural Health with all of you.

Humanity seems to have evolved as a direct result of the lifestyle, including types of foods that the earliest human predecessors began to consume. Their diets were more balanced, organically, and consisted largely of whole grains, raw vegetables, fresh fruit and occasional animal products, rather than the typical Western diet, which consists largely of red meat, other animal products, processed grains and sugars, chemically engineered foods, and pseudo-foods.

caduceusAt the Abundant Life Network, we affirm what we call the Core Principles of Natural Health:

  • We recognise that good health is the body’s natural state.
  • We recognise that the body works to maintain balance (homeostasis) and is capable of healing itself.
  • We recognise that acute illness is a manifestation of the body’s struggle to heal itself, and that chronic dis-ease is a sign that healing has failed.

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Diabetes Awareness Month

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November is Diabetes Awareness month, and there are a number of people I love, who are living with diabetes today, so I thought it was important to share this information with you.

Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes, from the American Diabetes Association:

  • Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Another 86 million Americans have prediabetesa condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. People with prediabetes are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes and for heart disease and stroke. Other names for prediabetes are impaired glucose tolerance and impaired fasting glucose.X and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.

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Essential Oil Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

The pain of Parkinson’s Disease or any movement disorder can be debilitating, but there are several studies which indicate possible relief through complementary medicine approaches, including essential oil therapy for Parkinson’s Disease.

For almost twenty years, I’d dismissed it as being just “one of those things” that came with being a successful, busy, hard-working entrepreneur, who often put in 12-18 hour days. The loss of balance, muscle stiffness, and mild symptoms of dystonia once concerned my doctors, who originally thought I might have Multiple Sclerosis, but over the years, I just learned to manage and work with the symptoms, and gave them very little attention.

All of that changed on the 29th of November, in 2007.

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