10 Ways to Make Your Marriage Last–Even Get Stronger–During a Recession And a Great Recovery!

Money is at the root of many marital arguments, even in a normal economy. But right now especially, as high unemployment rates sustain and savings accounts are dwindling, the heightened financial stress is taking an extra toll on many relationships.

In fact, according to a Harris Interactive poll, 38 percent of men and women said that money was the number-one cause of marital conflict … and that was in 2006 — before the economy really got bad. The bottom line is when finances get tight, an issue many couples are dealing with right now, it puts extra stress on your marriage. But that doesn’t mean your happiness or intimacy has to suffer. With the tips that follow you can be sure your marriage will survive these tough times, and may even come out stronger.

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Have You Ever Gotten Dizzy and Felt Off Balance? You Could Have Vertigo BPPV …

dizzyAn All-Natural, Simple and Fast Treatment is Available! When Done by a Doctor Your Insurance Likely Covers

More than 42 percent of Americans experience dizziness or vertigo during their lifetimes. Many suffer in silence, assuming there is nothing that can be done for the disarming feeling of spinning or falling off balance.

However, in about 20-50 percent of cases dizziness is actually caused by a disorder that’s incredibly easy, and fast, to treat — once it’s diagnosed. If you currently struggle with dizziness, you owe it to yourself to explore this condition, as it’s actually one of the most common causes of vertigo there is.

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Free Online Integrative Dental Seminar Just Announced!

I am happy to announce the upcoming online Integrative Dental Summit. I have just learned about it and it actually starts today, the day you are getting this newsletter September 28! I am sorry I did not let you know about it sooner.

As many of my patients and readers know, I was one of the speakers at a online detoxification seminar last year. This was very well received by my patients and readers. I know everybody learned a lot.

Now I have come to learn about this online dental health Summit.

You can click here to learn more about it.

I will say that I do not like the tagline of the summit. Unless you have an incompetent dentist, one visit is not going to have devastating effects on your health! I suspect that like most online advertising these days, they have to have a strong tagline to get any attention.

Integrative doctors have known for a long time that dental health is important for overall body health. Inflammation of the gums, called gingivitis, creates inflammation molecules that do NOT stay in the mouth! But rather go through the body contributing to inflammation in other places in the body.

This seminar will address all aspects of biological dental health and its contribution to whole body well-being.

I am especially interested in day 4 which is on October 1. My friend, Dr. Tom O’Brien, who is one of the foremost authorities on gluten and its effects on the body is one of the speakers that day.

I am also very interested in Dr. Boyd Haley Ph.D. and his talk on mercury exposure and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Haley is one of the world’s experts in his research on the effects of mercury on the human body, and I am looking forward to his talk.

Chris Shade, Ph.D is also talking on that day about mercury poisoning and the signs and testing for it. Since I do a lot of work helping my patients clean mercury out of their body I am especially curious as to what he’s going to recommend. I know I’ll have some commentary on that!

One of the free Lectures that you get for just signing up is the role of essential oils for oral health. Another free lecture is the relationship between leaky gut and tooth decay.

Overall, I am very much looking forward to listening to many of the lectures in this summit.

If you are interested, you may click my affiliate link HERE and learn more about about it.

This summit works the way most of the online summits work. The talks are audio, and some of the talks have slides but not all. You sign up and get to watch/listen to each day’s lectures for free for that day only. If you want to be able to watch/listen to these lectures again, or catch up on the ones you have missed, then you have to pay them to have access to the lectures for the future. I do not know what they are charging to have access to this summit after it is over, but it is usually quite reasonable.

I look forward to your comments about this summit! Please leave me your comments on Twitter or Facebook!

You Really Can Die From a Broken Heart

While the idea of dying from a broken heart may strike some as nothing more than folklore — Shakespearian even research has proven the reality of such an occurrence.

When people encounter certain distressing situations, a flood of stress hormones are unleashed, taking a drastic toll on the heart and causing sudden life-threatening heart spasms in otherwise healthy people. Such situations may include:

  • A traumatic romantic breakup
  • The shock of a surprise party
  • The death of a loved one
  • Being in a car accident

One woman experienced sudden, intense chest pain after giving an emotional talk about her son’s battle with mental illness. After being rushed to the hospital and treated for what doctors believed was a heart attack, it was discovered the woman had instead experienced an unusual heart malfunction … otherwise referred to as broken heart syndrome.

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Grapes: A Primer on the Different Varieties, Healthiest Types & Other Important Grape Facts

health benefits of grapesGrapes have been a part of human civilization since ancient times. They’re mentioned in biblical stories as “the fruit of the vine,” are featured in Egyptian hieroglyphics, and were treasured for winemaking in ancient Greek and Roman civilizations.

Today, grapes are the sixth most popular fruit in the United States (after bananas, apples, watermelon, oranges and cantaloupe). Though there are thousands of different grape varieties, about 20 of them represent the majority of table grapes consumed.

Table Grapes Vs. Wine Grapes

Table grapes refer to those that are traditionally eaten as is, as a snack, in salads or entrees. Wine grapes are the varieties used to make wine, and there are also raisin grapes, which are primarily used to make the dried fruit.

Grapes are classified as either American or European, with American grapes having skins that are looser than European varieties, which are known for their tight skins.

In the United States, the most popular table grapes are the Thompson Seedless variety, which are the red or green seedless grapes that you’ve probably seen at your local supermarket.

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Mercury and Fish- What are the Facts?

As most of my patients know, I am very concerned about the amount of mercury in fish and its effect on human health. Mercury is now associated with many diseases including lupus and autoimmune thyroid conditions as well as IQ damage and epilepsy in children.

Exposure in the womb to mercury from the fish the mother is eating or the store in her body, has detrimental effects on the IQ of the child as multiple studies have shown. Most recently mercury exposure in children is associated with epilepsy.

In addition, flame retardants such as PBDE have been found in fish living in areas as isolated as the Arctic.

I was going to put together a list of articles and papers that document all these things. However, I recently discovered that my good friend Michael Greger M.D. put this information together with full references in 2 videos on his nutritionfacts.org website. So I want to share those videos with you here!

With regards to pregnancy, DHA, an essential fatty acid is very important for the brain development of the child in uterus. There are one or two articles which look at the relative benefit of eating fish because it contains DHA, and compares it with net loss of IQ in the child because of the mercury in the fish that the mother was eating.

For me, there is something intrinsically wrong with this logic. Vegan sources of DHA are readily available as pills. So why would a mother eat fish during her pregnancy just to give the child DHA, when she knows she’s exposing the infant mercury which is going to harm the IQ of the child? She can easily not eat fish, and take one of dozens of vegan sources of DHA that are readily available in the market.

The other issue which is not addressed in the medical literature at all yet, and which I hope will soon be addressed there is the body burden of the mother with mercury and other toxins. For women who eat fish regularly before pregnancy, the mercury accumulates in their organs and muscles. But then it comes out during pregnancy and goes into the fetus. This is another way the fetus can be exposed to mercury.

The important thing to understand is that the fetus has no blood – brain barrier, and so all the mercury in the blood, circulates through the child’s brain and nervous system during pregnancy.

Mercury can easily be cleaned out of the woman before she conceives so she does not contribute this burden to the child in the womb as well as avoiding fish during the pregnancy itself.

Imagine a mother who is cleaned out of mercury and perhaps other toxins as well, along with taking DHA during pregnancy! The benefits for the child’s IQ can be enormous! From my perspective with the way of the world today, we need a lot of very bright children to solve the problems we have.

The sad part about all this is that the obstetricians who are caring for the women during pregnancy by and large are not even aware of this issue. In fact, many of them are probably recommending fish to women during pregnancy to get the DHA.

Please share this information with your friends and relatives who are soon to get pregnant or who are pregnant now.

And read this article entitled “Salmon May Be the Greatest Source of Dietary Pollutants”, before you give your children salmon for dinner tonight!

Please watch these videos and let me know what you think.

The first video is entitled “The Problem with Organic Salmon”

The second video reviews the data of the information I mentioned above about the benefits of DHA versus the damage from the Mercury on children’s IQ.


Fish consumption during child bearing age: a quantitative risk-benefit analysis on neurodevelopment

Dose-response relationship of prenatal mercury exposure and IQ

Relationship between the prenatal exposure to low-level of mercury and the size of a newborn’s cerebellum.

Evidence on the human health effects of low-level methylmercury exposure

Abnormal neuronal migration, deranged cerebral cortical organization, and diffuse white matter astrocytosis of human fetal brain: a major effect of methylmercury poisoning in utero.

Functional MRI approach to developmental methylmercury and polychlorinated biphenyl neurotoxicity.

Reducing the staggering costs of environmental disease in children, estimated at $76.6 billion in 2008.

Sensitivity of continuous performance test (CPT) at age 14 years to developmental methylmercury exposure

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The Major Health Benefits of Going Barefoot (Really!)

“Set your feet free and your mind will follow.” So goes the logo on the Society for Barefoot Living homepage. Why, you may be wondering, is there a society devoted just to people who love to live barefoot? If you ask the barefooters of the world, chances are the first thing they’ll say is that it just feels great.

“We enjoy walking barefoot as nature intended, taking delight in feeling the many textures the world has to offer — ” says the Society.

Not convinced that you’re ready to throw your shoes away just yet? Well, going barefoot doesn’t just feel good–it’s really proven to be good for you! Here are some reasons why:

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Oral Cancer is Easy to Miss: Must-Know Facts That Could Save Your Life

Oral cancers can be easy to miss, as they usually begin as very small white or red spots or sores inside your mouth. It can affect your lips, tongue or the floor of your mouth, although the tongue is most common. Statistics show that around 25 to 30 percent of oral cancers are found in the tongue, 15 to 20 percent in the tonsils and 10 to 20 percent in minor salivary glands.

In some instances, however, oral cancer can even occur inside your cheeks, on your gums or in your palate. If left alone without treatment, oral cancer can cause severe damage, even death, which is why early detection is critical.

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Simplify Your Life: Audit for Better Health and Happiness in 15 Easy Steps

staying healthyIn our pursuit of the American Dream, most Americans are willing to put up with quite a bit. Very long work hours, sacrificing vacation time, missing out on milestones in their kids’ lives … and maybe even suffering from a few stress-related illnesses.

You may very well have enough activities crammed into each day that you barely have time to think … let alone to eat healthy, exercise or (gasp) relax — and that is just from the external pressures.

On the inside all of this stress and 24/7 lifestyle can leave you with racing thoughts so severe you have trouble sleeping or, on the flipside, feeling like your brain is completely fried, numb and on the verge of a complete meltdown.

And for all of this strife, many of us are still spending our free time worrying about finances, the state of the economy, terrorist threats or coming down with a bout of flu.

This begs the question: for all that we’re sacrificing, how many of us feel truly happy? And could it be that the quest for happiness lies not in how many hours we can work in a week, but in how many we can thoroughly enjoy?

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Why You Gain Weight by NOT Sleeping! How to Sleep Away the Pounds

sleepYou know a sound night of sleep can do wonders for your energy levels, your appearance and even your outlook on life … but did you know it might also be instrumental in keeping you trim? Accumulating research is showing that getting enough shut-eye is crucial for your waistline, and if you’ve been skimping on sleep — even by just an hour or two — it could be making you fat.

Case in point, a study published in the journal Sleep confirmed that those who got five hours or less of sleep a night gained more abdominal fat than those averaging six or seven hours of sleep a night. The findings support the theory that when you skip out on sleep you risk weight gain and place yourself in a higher risk bracket for diabetes and heart disease, two health conditions that go up in risk as your middle section expands.

The study participants reported their sleep habits, diets, exercise levels and other lifestyle factors while researchers measured their abdominal fat at the onset of the study and again after a five-year time span.

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