If You Seek Emotional Health, There is No Greater Nourishment Than Forgiveness

 If You Seek Emotional Health, There is No Greater Nourishment Than Forgiveness

Stress is responsible for 75 percent to 90 percent of Americans’ doctor visits, according to the American Institute for Stress. It is no mystery why this insidious biological response has been called America’s number one health problem.

Chronic stress — the type that eats away at you little by little over time – is the worst variety. Having no redeeming qualities (unlike acute stress, which may rev you up when you need the extra energy boost), chronic stress has been linked to a host of major illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, depression, autoimmune diseases and reproductive problems, along with more minor maladies like stomach upset, back pain, headaches and fatigue.

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Panic Attacks: What Exactly Are They, How Do You Know You are Having One, What Should You Do?

 Panic Attacks: What Exactly Are They, How Do You Know You are Having One, What Should You Do?About one out of every 75 people may experience a panic attack at some point in their life, but for some, the very fear of having another attack can lead to full-fledged panic disorder, and a number of serious related complications.

Although panic attacks have been associated with major life events (graduating college, getting married, having a child), and your risk increases if a family member has had them, panic attacks often occur without warning, and can happen to anyone — even while you’re asleep.

Experts often compare panic attacks to your body’s natural “fight-or-flight” response. If you were in danger, your heart rate and breathing would speed up, and you’d be prepared to react to the threat. In the case of a panic attack, you experience this agitated state of being, but without any real threat or stimulus present.

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Toothpaste and Mouthwash Used for Fighting Gingivitis and Dental Plaque: Health Risks Plus False Claims

 Toothpaste and Mouthwash Used for Fighting Gingivitis and Dental Plaque: Health Risks Plus False Claims When you go to your local market and take a look at all the toothpastes on the shelves, the choices can be overwhelming. You can choose from tartar control, whitening, sensitivity reduction or total control formulas. Many of these brands are simply cosmetic, while some of the others have been clinically approved by the American Dental Association to improve oral hygiene by reducing plaque, which is one of the major causes of periodontitis.

Quite simply, there is an abundance of dental products available to consumers today and many of them claim to do amazing things to improve your oral health – but can you really trust their claims? And more importantly, are the ingredients really safe?

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Global Outreach Symposium ONLINE !

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common conditions that a primary doctor will see in his or her office. The diagnosis is based on symptoms. It is characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits. Diarrhea or constipation may be the main features or they may alternate.

It is estimated that up to 15% of Americans have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This is reflected by the number of television commercials you see for drugs that help the intestinal tract.

Because the symptoms are so common and can indicate many conditions, often patients will have extensive and expensive workups with colonoscopy and upper G.I. endoscopy before a proper diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is made.

 Irritable Bowel Syndrome Global Outreach Symposium ONLINE !

I am very happy to announce that my colleague Mark Pimentel M.D., and the GI Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai Hospital are sponsoring a 2014 Global Outreach Symposium on Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It is being held this weekend live on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. BUT, more importantly it is also available to you my patients and readers online in a live simulcast as well. The live simulcast will also accept questions from Internet viewers that will be directly answered by the physicians on stage.

****THIS SEMINAR IS NOT FREE!****

[ I've just learned that this is not a free seminar and there is a significant charge for it. If for financial reasons you are not able to make it, I will be giving a summary of the high points that are made at the conference for all to read. ]

 Irritable Bowel Syndrome Global Outreach Symposium ONLINE !You can register for this Conference by clicking HERE

Here is a list of what the lectures will include:

  • IBS – It’s not “ALL IN YOUR HEAD”
  • The last decade – Role of bacteria in IBS
  • Food poisoning and IBS – Is this the real cause of IBS?
  • Microbiome
  • What is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth a.k.a SIBO
  • Treatment for IBS/SIBO
  • Probiotics and IBS
  • Diet and IBS (fodmap)
  • Microbes and Metabolism
  • Is IBS an autoimmune disease?
  • The Future: Exciting New Developments

As you may remember, from my podcast with Dr. Pimentel, he has discovered that a leading cause of the symptoms of IBS, is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). And in this coming symposium, he and his colleagues will be discussing their latest findings in the diagnosis and most especially the treatment of this extremely common disorder.

I’ve been working with Dr. Pimental and his team with my patients for over 10 years. I’ve sent hundreds of patients to his office for what is called “breath testing”. Aside from the inconvenience of taking the morning off work and sitting in a room with 10 strangers were also during the test, it was a hard test for my patients to do.

Now thanks to new technology, I’m happy to let all my patients and readers know that we are able to give you a take-home test so that you may do the breath test in the privacy of your own home on a weekend or day off.

This conference will have the latest information on IBS, it’s diagnosis and treatment from several of the leaders in the field. I urge you to let your friends and family know about this conference so that they may register for it and learn about additional things they may do to help themselves. And even help them teach their own doctors what they need to get well!

****THIS SEMINAR IS NOT FREE!****

[ I've just learned that this is not a free seminar and there is a significant charge for it. If for financial reasons you are not able to make it, I will be giving a summary of the high points that are made at the conference for all to read. ]

Again, Click Here to Sign Up for the conference, in person or by webinar !

I look forward to your feedback about how you like this program next weekend.

Rip Currents & Other Hidden Hazards That Everyone Who Swims and Plays In Oceans or Lakes Needs to Know

 Rip Currents & Other Hidden Hazards That Everyone Who Swims and Plays In Oceans or Lakes Needs to KnowMost trips to the beach are pleasantly uneventful with visitors taking in the sun, sand and surf, and maybe searching for a seashell or two. Assuming you know how to swim, choose a day when the weather is good and the water is calm, and don’t stay out in the sun for too long, the beach hardly looks like a place full of potential hazards … but in this case looks can be deceiving.

Oceans and lakes are home to powerful currents, tides and waves that can come up seemingly from nowhere and quickly devastate the life of someone who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. What makes this issue so crucial is that these potentially hazardous conditions can, and do, exist in seemingly innocent water, and often not far from shore.

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16 Interesting Facts About America’s Most Popular Fruit, Bananas

 16 Interesting Facts About Americas Most Popular Fruit, BananasBananas are not only America’s #1 fruit, they may also have been the first fruit on earth, according to the International Banana Association, which notes that banana plants have been in cultivation since history has been recorded.

Their origins can be traced into the Malaysian jungles of Southeast Asia, but one of the first records of them came from Alexander the Great in 327 B.C. He conquered India, and also discovered a sweet, yellow fruit: the banana!

You may think you know it all about everybody’s “favorite” fruit, but rest assured there’s more to learn.

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10 Top Foods to Help You Fight High Cholesterol

 10 Top Foods to Help You Fight High CholesterolClose to 107 million U.S. adults have cholesterol levels of 200 mg/dL or higher, a level that the American Heart Association says increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. At least 12 million of these people are taking statin drugs to lower their cholesterol levels, but there are more natural options out there.

According to the American Heart Association, “You can reduce cholesterol in your blood by eating healthful foods, losing weight if you need to and exercising.” What follows is a listing of the most potent foods to add to your diet if you want to fight high cholesterol and drive your levels down using your diet as a primary tool.

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How a Healthy Diet Can Reduce Violence and Rudeness, and Increase Your Child’s IQ

 How a Healthy Diet Can Reduce Violence and Rudeness, and Increase Your Childs IQLike a taunting teenager, a nosy mother-in-law or a meddling neighbor, food messes with our emotions. A bowl of ice cream can make you happy. An entire carton of ice cream can make you sad. Just the smell of a home-cooked meal when you can’t have one can make you lonesome and a bowl of chicken noodle soup can make you feel better.

It’s no stretch, then, to think that food can also influence our behaviors — and it does. According to cutting-edge research, eating a healthy diet affects much more than your weight and health. It’s been linked to decreases in violence, rudeness and antisocial behavior and increases in IQs, test scores and grades among students.

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High Cholesterol? The TOP 12 Non-Drug Strategies to Increase Your HDL Levels

 High Cholesterol? The TOP 12 Non Drug Strategies to Increase Your HDL LevelsThink you’ve heard it all when it comes to cholesterol? Well, even the most cholesterol-savvy among us may be in for a surprise … it turns out that perhaps the most important aspect has to do with making sure you have enough of it — the good kind, that is.

Cholesterol, of course, is composed of two types: the good “HDL” (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol and the bad “LDL” (low-density lipoprotein) variety.

Most Americans focus on reducing LDL cholesterol as a key part of their treatment regimen. However, a new study found that having too little good cholesterol is at least as damaging when it comes to heart disease as having too much of the bad kind, and it may even be more damaging.

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The Biggest Firework Display? How Many Used Yearly? And More Fireworks Facts

 The Biggest Firework Display? How Many Used Yearly? And More Fireworks FactsThe Fourth of July is just around the corner, and other than watermelon and barbecued burgers what’s on everyone’s mind is, of course, fireworks.

This American tradition has much older roots than most people know, and actually didn’t originate in America at all. In fact, it’s said that the first fireworks came from China in the 800s, when bamboo shoots were filled with gunpowder and set off at the New Year to ward off evil spirits.

What else do you not know, but secretly want to, about fireworks?

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