Arthritis: Will it ever go away??

When aches and pains persist and it hurts just
to move, we know our bodies are communicating to us. Inflammation is our body signaling to us that an area is not doing well. Arthritis is a form of this communication indicated by inflammation of our joints. This is a more common condition than one might think. There are over 100 types of arthritis but osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are the two most common. It
is seen mostly in people over the age of 65 and is a silent creeper, but some children and younger adults do have problems. It is the loss of cartilage that
protects and lubricates your joints that causes arthritis. Areas usually affected by arthritis include fingers, toes, wrists, knees, and elbows.

In our everyday living, we constantly use our joints. When it comes to osteoarthritis, this daily normal wear and tear causes OA, one of the most common forms of arthritis. Cartilage tissue naturally breaks down, but an infection or injury to an area can cause OA to really strike. Developing OA comes with a higher risk if it runs in your family. Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain, stiffness, tenderness, loss of flexibility, bone spurs, or even feeling a grating sensation when the joints are at use.

Rheumatoid arthritis has more severe pain associated with it. It is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. This condition can also damage some of the body’s systems, as well as a person’s skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels. RA occurs when the immune system attack synovium which lines the joints. Inflammation causes synovium to become thicker. As a result, cartilage and bone within a join can become destroyed. Tendons and ligaments that hold the join in place and together become weaker and stretch. The joint starts to lose its shape as well as alignment. The signs and symptoms include joints becoming tender or swollen, stiffness of joints, and/or feeling fatigued, having fevers, or even experiencing weight loss.

Arthritis comes and goes. The pain can flare up
unexpectedly or be constant for a period of time before it subsides. Family history, age, smoking, and weight all are risk factors.

There are natural preventative and treatment
options to mitigate the pain associated with arthritis. Keeping a healthy weight is very important because added pounds adds stress to the joints constantly. The work of wear and tear from bearing excess weight eventually takes its toll. To do this, being mobile and exercising is critical. Resistance training can help strengthen the muscles around the joints which can assist with movement patterns. A healthy diet goes hand in hand full of nutrition to help boost immunity. Plant based has been found to reduce inflammation in the
body. Adding turmeric to these healthy food choices is also recommended because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant power. Herbal supplements such as
ginkgo and Boswellia have also been found to fight pain. Sometimes treating yourself to a massage can alleviate pain too.

Every day functioning shouldn’t be done in pain. To a certain degree it can feel as if our joints have expiration dates, but we can do our part to extend their quality years. Listening to your body when it whispers to
you before it screams with pain, is very, very important. Sometimes ignoring and pushing through only comes back later with vengeance.

https://www.healthline.com/health/osteoarthritis/arthritis-natural-relief#herbs

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20350772

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases conditions/rheumatoid-arthritis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353653

https://journals.lww.com/nursing/Fulltext/2015/11000/Understanding_the_effects_of_rheumatoid_arthritis.9.aspx

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Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

About the Author

Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

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Thirdhand Smoke: Harmful residue

We all know the hazards of smoking. The person actually smoking is at risk for
many health problems. Second hand smoke can lead to emphysema and lung cancer.
But have you heard of 3rd hand smoke (THS)??
This is the less visible type which consists of all the particles and chemicals
that land on basically every surface in the smoking area. It can be on the
person’s clothes, in their hair, on the floor, and on the furniture.

There are 11 types of
chemicals that when left on surfaces, are considered carcinogens. They’re is
all bad because these are cancer causing. “Off-gasing” is the terms for when
the chemicals have landed on the surface but then release back into the air as
gas. It seems toxins are released everywhere from cigarettes. These toxins can
then interact with other chemicals in the environment. Toxins then are either
inhaled, ingested (they land on food), or absorbed through the skin. Overtime,
the toxins continue to accumulate and become more and more harmful. Let’s say a
person smokes in their car, obviously these chemicals just keep piling up.

Children are the biggest
victims of THS. Children sit and play on the floor. They put their fingers in
their mouths and touch surfaces.

It is important to be
adamant about not smoking in your home or vehicle to avoid THS. Studies have
shown in a house left unoccupied for 2 months, these chemicals were still
present. Acidic cleaners, especially vinegar, can help with some of the
cleaning.

So what is the best
solution to avoid third hand smoke?? Well, quitting smoking. Nicotine is highly
addictive and studies have shown it is nearly as addictive as heroin.

Smokers enjoy the “kick”
from inhaling nicotine. The head change from nicotine entering the bloodstream,
releases adrenaline and creates a euphoric feeling with dopamine.

Smoking doesn’t just affect
the smoker. The cigarette residue remains on clothing, drapes, furniture, just
to name a few surfaces. Opening the windows or turning on a fan don’t eliminate
the problem. You don’t want to serve a nice dinner on a thirdhand smoke residue
kitchen table. The best solution is to maintain a smoke free lifestyle. Even stepping
outside to smoke is not the right answer. It is polite to share, but not when
it comes to smoking and it’s plethora of harmful side effects.

https://academic.oup.com/mutage/article/28/4/381/2459888

https://academic.oup.com/her/article/28/5/923/617816

https://www.aappublications.org/content/30/11/8.2

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Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

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Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

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Best Ways to Boost Your Immune System

With the Corona virus shutting down many countries in 2020, individuals with health challenges have chosen to limit social contacts and shutter in. Health organizations have focused prevention on social distancing, hand washing and face mask wearing.

We have an immune system which has successfully fought off illnesses throughout history. The famous germ theory versus terrain debate is what divides integrative medicine from more conventionally practiced medicine. Those in the terrain health camp know the immune system is the key to fighting all viruses and illness, including the most recent covid-19 virus.

While washing hands, limiting contact with sick individuals and quarantine of ill persons has been successfully used historically, what also makes sense is building one’s immune system. There are many steps one can take to do so. These include sunbathing, outdoors activity, exercise, good sleep, earthing, positive outlooks, healthy diets, and taking targeted nutritional supplements, vitamins and herbs.

By increasing one’s self care protocol, you can take charge of your health and feel safer when venturing out during the current pandemic. There are also steps one can take if symptoms of illness arise like sore throats, runny nose and coughing for extra boosting and healing.

Benefits of Sun

The benefits of sunshine to health are well established. Only recently have individuals been warned to limit sun exposure. Sun is now well known to help create vitamin D, but natural light has many more health benefits, including increasing immune function, improving eye sight, increasing mitochondria and creating healing. Sunbathing for a minimum of 20 minutes daily is recommended during warmer months, but exposure of eyes and skin throughout the year is beneficial.

Exercise

Excersing is another way to boost one’s immune system and mood. Exercise is a well established activity that improves sleep, mood, heart and lung health. Every organ of one’s body benefits from movement.  Both cardiovascular and strength training activities are beneficial. Interval training exercise for just 12 minutes daily create tremendous health benefits.  Dr. Al Sears has done tremendous research documenting the health benefits of interval training exercise for 12 minutes.

Walking and spending time outdoors

Walking outdoors is a safe activity most can engage in to help with mood and overall health. During these times of limited social activity, it is especially important to get outdoors and enjoy the healing benefits of sunshine, fresh air and the sounds of nature. Walking outdoors barefoot, with one’s feet touching the ground, is even healthier, because the earth’s electrons are anti-inflammatory and healing. Spending time in nature is also known to be calming and beneficial to health.

Sleep

While sleeping our bodies heal and rejuvenate. Seven to nine hours is recommended and earlier is better if possible. Listening to your body and getting adequate sleep is essential for good health. Natural supplements which can help with sleep include GABA and L-tryptophan. If needed CBD oil is another safe supplement which can enhance sleep. Epsom salt baths, minimizing blue light exposure in the evening and developing  good sleep hygiene habits are important steps toward improving and maintaining good sleep.

Positive Attitude

Fear damages one’s immune system. The power of a positive attitude is well established to promote healing and boost one’s immune system. Using cognitive therapy strategies can help improve one’s thinking. David Burns MD has many excellent books and resources on the easy use of cognitive therapy strategies to improve one’s outlook.

Nutrition

The Weston Price Foundation is a powerhouse of information detailing nutrient dense foods that can boost the immune system. Dr. Weston Price studied endemic cultures for 10 years in the early 1930’s discovering that these people enjoyed superior mental, physical and dental health by eating unprocessed foods available to them, including raw foods and healthy animal fats. These cultures consumed 4 to 10 times more water and fat soluble vitamins compared to the average American diet at that time. They enjoyed a natural immunity to tuberculosis which was common then. They also had perfect teeth, with no cavities or need for orthodontia.

An easy way to remember these dietary principles is to eat foods the way your great grandparents ate them, before the advent of fake, highly processed and unhealthy non foods. Every culture has traditional, healthy and delicious foods for both daily eating and special occasions.

Eating sunny side up pastured eggs with true sourdough bread toast with raw butter for breakfast, along with some fruit is nutrient dense. Old fashioned chicken soup, made from simmering pastured chicken or chicken bones with added vegetables, is full of vitamins. Organic fruits and vegetables, raw whole organic milk, pastured butter, wild salmon, oat porridge, soaked grains and legumes, and pastured beef, chicken and liver are traditional health foods. Preparation can be easy. My site Holistic Health to Go has many easy, delicious and healthy recipes.

Best Supplements

A good multi vitamin is essential now because our soils are very depleted of nutrients. Cod liver oil and K2 are important immune boosters. Cod liver oil contains vitamins  A and D in a perfect ratio. For virus prevention, vitamin C is a true superpower. Liposomal vitamin C is best absorbed and 1-10 grams can be taken daily. Tremendous research shows vitamin D is essential for our health and protective for Covid. Zinc combined with quercetin are also good for viral protection. B complex vitamins help mood and immunity. Omega 3 fish oil is a good overall supplement. Iodine, magnesium, glutathione, berberine, goldenseal, echinacea, Reishi mushrooms, colloidal silver, Kaolic garlic, ginger and selenium are other immune boosters.

Important supplements to treat a viral infection

Vitamin C is magical and high dosages can greatly help the immune system fight the cytokine storm resulting from a viral infection. Zinc and Quercetin can also greatly reduce a viral load associated with an infection. Increasing or maintaining other immune boosters is also beneficial when fighting any type of viral infection. Taking up to 100mg zinc daily along with upwards of 1,000 mg quercetin daily are considered safe dosages. Elderberry is considered beneficial for treatment of viruses, along with colloidal silver and raw Manuka honey.

Take Charge of Your Health

Taking responsibility for one’s health is an empowering step.  We have always had an immune system which fights disease. At the end of the day, it is only our bodies’ immune systems which are capable of healing of any kind. For viral illnesses, along with other contagious diseases boosting our immune system with the above strategies will help empower us to face the world with less fear.

Disclaimer: If one it taking medications of any kind or has any special health considerations, it is recommended to consult a physician prior to taking any supplementation. The information in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Please consult your personal healthcare provider before making any healthcare decisions for yourself.

Sources for this article and further research:

Curing the Incurable by Thomas Levy, MD

Mood Cure by Julia Ross

HolisticHealthToGo.com

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/04/20/zinc-dosage-for-immune-system.aspx

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/08/24/quercetin-and-vitamin-c-synergistic-effect.aspx

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Michelle is a mental health therapist who incorporates holistic principles into her full time counseling practice. She is passionate about holistic nutrition, natural healing and food/ medical health freedoms. After immersing herself into alternative medicine, seeking answers to a family health crisis, she discovered that conventional healthcare recommendations often contribute to illness. She has written for Natural News, Vac Truth and other health news sites, beginning in February 2013. All of her articles and recipes to date can be found at her site Holistic Health to Go, http://holistichealthtogo.com/.

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Michelle is a mental health therapist who incorporates holistic principles into her full time counseling practice. She is passionate about holistic nutrition, natural healing and food/ medical health freedoms. After immersing herself into alternative medicine, seeking answers to a family health crisis, she discovered that conventional healthcare recommendations often contribute to illness. She has written for Natural News, Vac Truth and other health news sites, beginning in February 2013. All of her articles and recipes to date can be found at her site Holistic Health to Go, http://holistichealthtogo.com/.

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Cholesterol: More H less L

So what is cholesterol?? When we go get our
yearly physicals and the doctor tells us our LDL and HDL levels what do these
numbers really mean?? We need cholesterol for bodily functions, but our
interpretation is that cholesterol is ALL bad. So let’s take a look at the role
it plays in our bodies.  

Cholesterol is found in all cells of the body.
It is a wax-like substance that travels in the bloodstream. Furthermore, it
travels through the bloodstream in small packages that are called lipoproteins.
These are packages consist of lipid (fat) in the inside and protein on the outside.
There are two types of packages which include low-density lipoproteins (LDL)
and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). When your blood is drawn, the doctors is
checking your lipid profile. Another part of this blood panel includes checking
your triglycerides. These carry fat to your blood. Sugars and alcohol are
converted to triglycerides and then stored in the body as fat.

Here’s the scoring:

Total cholesterol scores are
considered best at 200 mg/dL or below

Borderline from 200-239 mg/dL

High at 240 mg/dL or above

Having high cholesterol in your blood doesn’t
necessary have any signs or symptoms. However, having high cholesterol can lead
to coronary heart disease. The higher your LDL, the higher the risk for heart
disease. The higher the HDL in your blood, the lesser the risk is for heart
disease. Plaque builds up in the arteries which
is made up of cholesterol, fat, and calcium. This plaque can break open and
cause a blood clot, which then can block blood flow to the heart, which then
can cause a heart attack. 

The following are some tips for
lowering your cholesterol…

Obviously, food choices come
into play. Keep an eye out for red meat and dairy products. Fried foods and
snack type foods like crackers have quite a bit of trans fat which increases
the bad cholesterol. Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial. These omega-3 fatty acids don’t affect LDL
cholesterol and help to increase HDL. Certain types of fish such as salmon,
mackerel and herring, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Other good include walnuts,
almonds and ground flaxseeds. Soluble fiber helps lower LDL levels. Good
sources of this include lentils, vegetables, fruits, and brans. Whey protein
helps to lower LDL levels too. 

Exercise is extremely important as well. Even
moderate levels of physical activity can help raise HDL (the good kind). This
sums up to about thirty minutes per day (at least).

Smoking is not good for cholesterol levels.
Quitting this habit becomes necessary and will help reduce blood pressure,
better your HDL level, and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Excess weight is also associated with higher
cholesterol levels. Shedding pounds can improve cholesterol levels. Finally,
regular alcohol consumption is associated with heart problems, so drinking in
moderation or less can help lower cholesterol as well.

Making the appropriate lifestyle changes
becomes important when trying to keep a healthy total cholesterol reading. Making
sustainable lifestyle changes is advised. Having good cholesterol is a benefit
that is not determined by that scale. Small changes do add up. If you haven’t
lately, you should have your yearly physical done and make note of your HDL and
LDL levels so that you are more aware of your body, its internal health, and
what changes you may need to make to better improve not only your healthy but
your quality of life.

https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/about.htm

https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/JAHA.118.008819

http://www.jofamericanscience.org/journals/am-sci/0201/05-mahongbao-0105.pdf

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/blood-cholesterol

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Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

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Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

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Liver Health: Naturally taking care of your body

The liver is the largest internal organ in the body. This
organ has so many important jobs. Some of these include processing nutrients,
medications, hormones as well as helping prevent infections by removing
bacteria and toxins from the blood. The liver weighs about 3 pounds and is
located on the right side of the stomach. Think of the liver as about the size
of a football. It is protected by the rib cage, so we aren’t able to touch or
feel it. This organ is composed of two large lobes on the right and left sides.
The liver is assisted by the gallbladder and pancreas to perform its functions
which includes the digestion, absorption, and processing of food. Along with
its role in the digestive tract, the liver filters blood before it travels to
the rest of the body, metabolizes any medications we take, and make proteins
for our blood’s health.

As important as the liver is, there are a number of
disorders than can disrupt its functioning. Some of these conditions include
hepatitis which is inflammation of the liver, cancer, cirrhosis which is
permanent scarring, liver failure, and gallstones, just to name a few. This
dysfunction can be due to genetics, viruses, alcohol use, and obesity. Signs
that the liver is poorly functioning include jaundice (yellowing of the eyes
and skin), dark urine, chronic fatigue, easily bruising, abdominal pain, itchy
skin, and swelling of the legs and ankles. Factors that can put one at
increased risk for these symptoms includes unprotected sex, diabetes, obesity,
heavy alcohol use, drugs injected by needles, and tattoos or piercings. It is
important to find the cause and extent of liver damage upon any of these signs.
Alcohol use inflames the liver and excessive drinking leads to scarring. Treatment
is determined by these results, but always starts with lifestyle modifications
including stopping the use of alcohol and losing weight.

There are plenty of self-care approaches that can improve
liver health. This starts with detoxifying the liver. One of the main jobs of
the liver is to rid the body of toxins, so it is important to not have alcohol,
smoke, or excessive amounts of sugar including sucrose and fructose. Milk
thistle is associated with improving liver health. This herbal remedy can help
reduce inflammation. Green tea and vitamin E are also beneficial. Curcumin can
also help protect the liver. It is easy to take advantage of what our body can
do, especially when we don’t see these functions happen. Don’t take for granted
what your liver can do and is mean to do. As it works in silence, this organ is
critical for our health. Don’t toxify the detoxing organ in your body.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/liver-problems/symptoms-causes/syc-20374502

https://academicjournals.org/journal/JMPR/article-full-text-pdf/F13391C16262

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/detoxing-your-liver-fact-versus-fiction

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-dubious-practice-of-detox

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Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

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Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

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DASH

Eating Pattern Series

This week I will be covering a lesser-known eating pattern, DASH!

The Basics: DASH is an acronym for dietary approaches to stop hypertension. In the early 1990s, the National Institute of Health allocated funds for research to see if there were specific eating patterns that could reduce hypertension (blood pressure) and risk of diabetes over time. The original study only changed the eating patterns that subjects followed, leaving other lifestyle factors unchanged such as sleep and exercise habits. Interestingly, the eating pattern change was enough to lower most participants’ blood pressure by about 6 to 11 mm Hg on average. This study was later replicated many times by different researchers and produced similar results each time. This significant finding was enough for the National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute to heavily promote this eating pattern since the original findings in the early 1990s.

This eating pattern is very similar to the plant-based pattern we covered last week. Similar to plant-based, DASH heavily promotes fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and dairy products. There is also a recommendation to reduce intake of processed foods. The only difference between the two is the recommendation for daily sodium intake. With DASH, it is recommended to only consume up to 1500 mg of sodium per day.

Around The World: As this eating pattern was originally developed in the United States, it is most common in the U.S. Over time, the World Health Organization saw the tremendously successful results in lowering blood pressure and now promotes it all around the world. Currently, DASH is ranked as the “best overall diet” to follow for weight loss, decreasing blood pressure, and reducing risk of diabetes.

Pros: With a heavy emphasis on fruits and vegetables, going DASH is going to increase your intake of vitamins and minerals, strengthening your immune system and improving your overall health. There is also an increase in fiber intake, which can improve your gut health.

Cons: Due to the heavy emphasis on fruits and vegetables, access to fresh produce may be difficult for people who live in colder climates. If people decide to reduce their sodium intake when following DASH, it may be difficult at first because sodium is in a lot more foods than you may think. It might also be difficult to keep track of sodium intake if people do not know how to properly read a “nutrition facts” label.

Potential Health Benefits: Time and time again, DASH has been shown to decrease blood pressure levels even if there are no other lifestyle changes made. There are even more health benefits shown when there is a reduction of sodium intake and an increase in physical actiity when following DASH. Some of these health benefits include lower risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease; there is also a potential for weight loss.

Recipe: Check out this recipe for shrimp orzo with feta cheese! This recipe only calls for a few ingredients and can be made in less than 30 minutes. This would be a great dinner on a busy weeknight.

Resources To Learn More: Marla Heller, a registered dietician and author, has written many bestselling books about DASH. Check out her most recent book, The DASH Diet Mediterranean Solution, to learn more!

Be on the lookout for the next eating pattern, Mediterranean!

Sunglasses: Wear those shades

By everybodysfit

Posted Friday, August 14, 2020 at 10:28am EDT

Keywords: Eye Damage, eye protection, eyes, Polarized Sunglasses, sun, sun exposure, sunburnt, sunglasses, sunshine, uva, uvb

We wear sunglasses to keep the bright sunshine out of our eyes. Besides this reason, many wear them as a popular accessary. The truth is that besides what brand or what style, we need to be wearing these shades. Whether the cheapest one-dollar pair or the most expensive brand in the store, sunglasses should be part of your attire.

Our eyes are actually sensitive. Their exposure to the sun’s rays can be damaging. The best eye care is wearing high quality glasses that protect 100% UVA and UVB. Glasses should also fully cover the eye area, with wrap around lenses being the best type. Polarized glasses should be worn when out around water. This will help protect against the glare. The skin around the eyes is especially sensitive and nearly 10% of skin cancer is near the eye area. Sunglasses also protect the skin around the eye. Cataracts and glaucoma can also be the result of long-term eye exposure to sunlight. Sunlight worsens the symptoms of these conditions, which could lead to blindness. UV rays can also speed up the process of developing macular degeneration. This occurs when the retina (specifically the macula) starts to degenerate. Even on cloudy days, sunglasses should be worn. Even when the sun isn’t visible, UV rays aren’t still in full force.

The sun glaring into the eyes can also cause and trigger migraines. Wearing sunglasses helps reduce eye strain and fatigue. You don’t have to squint which means you can see better. Sunglasses should be worn anytime outdoors. This is true around water, snow, and sand. Snow reflects 80% of UV rays. Getting sand in the eyes can cause scratches and permanent damage. Being exposed to wind can also irritate the eyes.

About 73% of adults wear sunglasses and about 58% of them make their children wear glasses too. It is the cumulative exposure that eventually leads to damage. Some people never leave home without them, while others don’t really mind the sun. Some people just simply forget. We are all at risk to eye damage from the sun, however, those with blue eyes even more so than those with brown eyes. Even the eyes can get sunburnt, which happens when the eyes are bloodshot after the day at the beach or in the snow. Surfer’s eye can happen when out on the water too long and the eyes itch and swell. Depending on where you live can also contribute to extra UV exposure. San Juan, Puerto Rico has the highest number of days with the most sunshine while Honolulu, Miami, Tampa Bay, and New Orleans follow after.

Add a little style to your ambience and wear a pair of sunglasses. You can add some zest to your attire while doing something good for your eyes at the same time. We want to live to see what life has to offer, and our eyes are the windows to that goal.

https://academic.oup.com/jtm/article/20/2/108/1881585

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2410206/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3872277/

https://www.healthline.com/health/eye-health/sunburned-eyes

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Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

Freckles, Moles, and Skin Tags

Everyone has different types of skin lesions that are common and benign, meaning not cancerous. The most common are freckles, moles, and skin tags. Some people embrace these skin markers while others would rather do without and even try to get rid of them.

  1. Freckles: These are small brown spots found face, neck, arms, and chest. They are very common and threat to one’s health. They are typically more common in the summertime and are more readily found on lighter skinned toned people. They are caused by sun exposure as well as genetics. It is always best to avoid excessive sun exposure and use protective sunscreen. People who develop freckles more easily are at increased risk for cancer. For those who don’t like the appearance of their freckles, they can be covered up with makeup.
  2. Moles: These are brown or black growths that can appear anywhere on the skin and sometimes are found in groups. They usually develop during the first 25 years of a person’s life. Some people can have up to 40 moles by adulthood. Over time, moles can slowly change by becoming more raised in shape, growing hairs, changing color, or they may not change at all. Some might even disappear over time. Moles are a result of the cells of the skin growing in a cluster instead of spreading out along the skin. These cells are called melanocytes. They can darken over time due to sun exposure and sometimes during pregnancy. The majority of moles are not dangerous. However, one should be mindful and their check moles for any changes in height, size, color, or shape. Upon concern, a dermatologist can help determine if the mole is cancerous. Moles that are more often exposed to the sun should be checked often. Checking moles and using the ABCDE method is recommended.

Asymmetry: One half of the mole doesn’t match the other half.

Border: The edge of the mole is jagged or irregular.

Color: The mole has different shared throughout and not a consistent tone.

Diameter: The diameter of the mole is larger than a pencil eraser.

Evolution: The mole is changing in color, shape, and size.

  • Skin tags: These are a small flap of skin that hang off by a connecting stalk. They are usually found on the neck, armpit, chest, back, under the breast, or near the groin. They are more common in women and arise when weight gain occurs or sometimes more often with age. They are not painful but might be irritating to the person if they wear jewelry or with some clothing. They can be cut off or burned off.

Our skin is our outer later and what we should take care of to protect. Afterall, our skin is our protective layer. Take time to take care of yourself and your body will reward you with radiating beauty and a great reflection you like to see.

https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/traits/moles

https://www.healthline.com/health/skin-disorders/remove-skin-tags

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/moles/multimedia/moles/img-20006828

everybodysfit

Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

Body Hair: Your own fleece

Body hair, termed androgenic hair, develops on the body during the years of puberty. We need this hair to regulate our body temperature. When it’s cold, the hairs stand up because the tiny muscles surrounding the hair follicles are trying to trap more heat. This is when we see goosebumps on our skin. Hair is all over our bodies. We have eyebrows, facial, arm, leg, chest, and pubic hair. Fine hairs found all over the body are called vellus which comes from the Latin word “fleece”. Larger more coarse hairs found on the eyebrows, eyelashes, armpit, facial, and pubic areas, are called terminal hairs. The cells of the hair follicles are constantly regenerating. We aren’t wooly mammals with constant hair growth. Hair growth actually goes through active and resting periods. The duration of growth varies on certain parts of our bodies, which is seen between the difference of our head hair and leg hair (for example).

The amount of hair on your body is determined by a number of factors. The amount of hair you have can be based upon your ethnicity. Different ethnicities have different amounts of terminal hairs. Hispanic and Middle Eastern people have the most hair while Asians have the least. Hair growth can be influenced by hormonal imbalances. For example, an increase in testosterone can cause an increase in hair. This testosterone growing hair is an unwanted condition called hirsutism. Women with irregular periods and polycystic ovarian syndrome are also more prone to an increase in hair growth. Autoimmune conditions can result in hair loss which is the case with types of alopecia. Being iron deficient or having an underactive thyroid can also cause hair loss.

There are certain home remedies that can help stimulate hair growth. Eating a high protein diet can help due to the amino acid called keratin. Cysteine is another type of amino acid that can help grow hair faster. Sources of vitamins are a popular method because they contain biotin, folic acid, and iron. Less hair washing can help preserve the natural oils of the hair needed for hair health and growth. Less stress is also important which will help reduce disruption to the hair-growth cycle. It is also important to regularly trim the ends of your hair and brush it when it is wet to help prevent damage that can affect hair health. Apple cider vinegar can also stimulate hair growth by helping to balance pH levels effecting the hair follicles. Aloe-vera and onion juice can also remove sebum from the hair which slows hair growth.

Hair is everywhere and we tend to value it in certain places on our body than others. Hair is our skin’s protector. We shave it and remove it, but always expect it will come back. Don’t take for granted your hair follicle health and a natural layer of our body that we need.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3250022/

https://journals.lww.com/jdnaonline/Fulltext/2011/07000/Anatomy_and_Physiology_of_the_Skin.3.aspx

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hirsutism/symptoms-causes/syc-20354935

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/expert-answers/stress-and-hair-loss/faq-20057820

everybodysfit

Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

Corona Virus-Research the “experts” know but won’t tell you that could save your life

The fear is palpable. The Corona virus has divided and paralyzed the entire world. This has been such a sad and troubling realization to me. Despite the confusion and inconsistencies of the so-called “experts”—people continue to follow their every word. People have no faith in the innate, God given intelligent design of the human body that knows perfectly and exactly how to fight off disease.  And yes—this includes corona. Corona viruses are not new—just our perception of them.

Who will give you permission to feel safe again? Your governor? The President? The CDC? Dr. Fauci? People who are most susceptible to this virus are the ones with comorbidities. This isn’t new. Viruses have been around longer than humans. On any given day—you harbor 380 trillion viruses; far more than your 6 trillion human cells.

Sadly, everything new is well forgotten old.

Fear is what motivated me to become a naturopath. I saw the absolute terror that the diagnosis of cancer can do to a person.  It did this to my husband. In 2001, he was told the treatment for his salivary gland cancer required surgery to remove his cheek, sew on a patch of skin from his back, sew his eye partially shut, and possibly go through radiation. I didn’t like that option. I had left that world behind long before. This journey is detailed in my book.

It’s a big leap of faith to trust anything outside the “norm” of western medicine. They have purposely indoctrinated us to believe that we are helpless victims of disease. This disempowers us. The fact is–we are overweight, and over medicated but hey it isn’t our fault–we just have bad genes. Thanks to our unhealthy lifestyles and reliance on the medical system to “fix” us, the US is ranked dead last in the world in terms of health outcomes. These are the people you trust to tell you when you’ll be safe? They can’t even save themselves.

Meanwhile McDonald’s is giving away free junk food to the first 100 people to get tested for Covid. Such irony. Get junk food and get tested!  While we remain isolated, sedentary and afraid, the junk food industry and the pharmaceutical companies make billions for their investors. 

Hook up the oxygen tank, grab the hover round, and let’s go snag a free Big Mac and get micro chipped!  Don’t forget to wear your mask!  We must be socially responsible!

It wasn’t until many years after my husband’s cancer that I learned that chemotherapy originated from a secret stash of mustard gas from a blown up WWII ship. In a “rush” to come up with a cure for cancer—Western medicine promoted an agent as a cancer treatment that destroyed human DNA and was designed to “kill our enemies.” Early chemotherapy treatment killed more people than it saved.   Never take my word in place of your own research. This information is right there on the American Cancer Society Website.

But I saw this first hand while working on an oncology floor in a hospital in the late1970’s. First hand knowledge from experience can’t be sanitized or erased.

The same “rush” to develop a treatment occurred with the AIDS epidemic. I was working as an RN at a VA Hospital. We were trained by “expert” MD’s on how the “acquired immune deficiency syndrome” affected the body and how to protect ourselves from AIDS. We were told at the time that the virus originated from a gay airline steward having sex with a monkey. We were told it was a “blood to blood” transmission disease that mostly affected gay men and IV drug users who shared needles. We even got these cool pamphlets with “Mr. Condom” on the front. Condoms were made available in public restrooms and sterile needles were given away at free clinics.

We later learned that there was no such single causative viral agent as AIDS.  It couldn’t/still can’t be cultured and does not meet the six laws of virology or Koch’s Postulates. Instead, the causes of HIV were overuse of toxic legally prescribed drugs like the failed cancer drug AZT –as well as illicit nitrite inhalant drugs (poppers) that enhance sexual performance. These drugs, combined with having multiple sexual partners, sharing needles, and contracting repeated venereal diseases–caused immune deficiency. The people who died from AIDS were the people whose lifestyle toxified their blood and destroyed their immune system. We’ve been hearing a lot about “comorbidity factors” these days.

In his book, “Inventing the AIDS virus, Dr. Peter Duesberg presents a massive amount of documentation showing that the CDC needed an epidemic to justify its continued existence, and by playing on the public fear surrounding HIV–ensured increased funding and power to come up with a vaccine. Those government safety organizations with three letters (CDC, NIH, etc.) had tried to push cancer as a virus so they could develop a vaccine for it. Vaccines get billions of dollars in funding.  Cancer isn’t a virus. Dr. Duesberg believed that the pharmaceutical companies cashed in on the epidemic by bringing back the highly toxic cancer drug AZT, as well as DDI and DDC—which destroyed the immune system and, as is often the case—actually caused the AIDS like symptoms.   Despite the fact that Dr. Fauci secured massive funding for these drugs to fight HIV —no vaccine is available.  In fact Fauci has held his job through six Presidential administrations–every epidemic since Reagan; and still there are no vaccines for AIDS, Ebola, SARS, or Zika.  The AIDS budget?  Seven billion dollars $$$.  

What do we currently know about Covid-19? What are the comorbidity or contributing factors to be aware of? Could your lifestyle choices put you more at risk than my choice not to wear a mask? Here are a couple clues. Do you have COPD? Do you take Statin drugs? Do you take ACE inhibitor drugs for blood pressure?  Did you get a flu shot last year? Based solely on those four cofactors alone—millions of Americans are sitting ducks.

We know that this virus, as well as the common cold and the more severe versions of it (SARS, MERS) bind to a receptor in the lung called ACE 2. Once the virus enters the body, it begins a rapid response process of replication, which causes massive endothelial cell membrane deterioration. Endothelial cells line your blood vessels. The blood can’t get into the pulmonary vein and into the tiny pulmonary capillaries to dump carbon dioxide and pick up oxygen and return back to the blood. The blood is coagulating and sticking together forming clots. When ACE 2 reduction or loss occurs, general inflammation in the body increases and vascular walls become more permeable—resulting in edema, leaking blood vessels and diminished lung function. This results in the symptoms of dry cough, fever, and inflammatory conditions due to oxygen depravation.

Ventilators are needed when oxygen saturation is low. But in order for a vent to work –blood vessels and lung alveoli must be intact. In the case of Covid—the integrity of the blood vessels is compromised and the inflammation causes excess fluid in the alveoli. You can’t push gas past fluid or the pressure will blow apart the fragile tissue of the alveoli.  Ventilators are not a good choice when the integrity of the lungs is compromised. You destroy the lungs and the person will most likely die. Ask any nurse anesthetist.  It’s the law of physics.

Imagine the terror of dying alone of oxygen depravation (hypoxia) and carbon dioxide build up. It’s very similar to High Altitude Sickness.

If you look at comorbidities that people are dying from, and their relationship to the ACE 2 receptor—it all makes sense at the cellular level. COPD is the only lung condition that puts you at increased risk of dying from COVID. COPD has very high ACE 2 expression, which means lots of channels in. All the other factors are vascular in nature, but only if you add two drugs: Statins and ACE 2 inhibitors.

Statin drugs block a very important enzyme called CoQ10. CoQ10 is a fatty molecule found in all cell membranes. It is responsible for ATP (energy) production and also functions as an antioxidant in cell membranes. When statins block CoQ10, all the cell membranes increase ACE 2 receptors. When you add an ACE 2 inhibitor like Lisinopril or Losartan—it also up-regulates ACE 2 receptors which give the virus more cellular doorways to gain entry.  The leading number one drug recommendation from western medicine if you have heart disease, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease is an ACE inhibitor.

So when these two drugs (statins and ACE inhibitors) increase ACE 2 receptors in the lungs—you change the balance of their reactivity to their environment. Many people develop a side effect of ACE inhibitors, which is a dry cough. So if they develop a dry cough–they are put on an ARB (Angiotensin receptor blocker) which –wait for it—increases ACE 2 receptors. Ace 2 inhibitors, statin drugs and ARB’s are now seen as a major risk factor in death from COVID. If you KNOW that this is the case, why not take your patient off statins and switch to a different blood pressure medication. Calcium channel blocker perhaps? How many people in the US take statin drugs?  40 million. How many take ACE inhibitors? Lisinopril alone in 2017: 104,779,319

So, if you truly had a medical system that cared—and they knew that this many people were prescribed meds that are putting them at risk of dying from COVID —why wouldn’t they change your meds? Teach you about healthy lifestyle choices?  If they would have done that alone—from the beginning (because they knew this years ago) imagine the potential deaths they could have prevented.

And they did know; “they” being the CDC and NIH—they’ve known for a long time that these drugs bind to and increase ACE 2 receptors because this knowledge is based upon research of the common cold, SARS and MERS. They also know that if you get a flu shot—your risk of getting corona and six other common respiratory viruses goes up the following year. The “experts” knew right from the beginning that this virus was not going to be a massively fatal event unless we mismanaged it. And they DID mismanage this. The mindset of physicians was that this is respiratory failure and we need to ventilate patients. This mindset was killing people. If you are in pathological coagulation, the ventilator will cause you to succumb to the disease because the problem is not the lung—it is the toxic blood. Hydroxycloroqine works because it raises the pH of the blood, which then provides more nascent oxygen, which in turn, breaks up the coagulation.  

We’ll have one more season of Corona in the environment. It takes two years for these viruses to exit—so next summer it will be gone. Will you take the time to get your lifestyle in order now or will you chose to get your Big Mac, untested vaccine, and microchip later?

My purpose is always, always to empower you to seek health beyond danger. Please do your research. The choice is yours.

Resources: *You may need to copy and paste these links

380 Viruses in my body?

https://www.genome.gov/human-genome-project/What

HIV, Dr. Fauci, and the drugs used to treat it.

https://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2010/09/a-brief-history-of-azt.html

https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-06-29-covid-19-and-the-hiv-connection-revealed.html

Happy “Hypoxia”

https://www.today.com/health/happy-hypoxia-meaning-experts-discuss-coronavirus-symptom-signs-t181080

Chemotherapy and mustard gas

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-basics/history-of-cancer/cancer-treatment-chemo.html

Flu Shot and Corona Virus

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X19313647

ACE 2 and corona virus connection

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32660650/

https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/view/evidence-continues-link-ace-inhibitors-severe-covid-19-symptoms

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600(20)30116-8/fulltext

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Thomasina Copenhaver is a naturopathic doctor and registered nurse with over 30 years experience in the healthcare profession. Her passion is writing, researching, and empowering all humans with knowledge of healing at the cellular level; to enable them to make educated and informed choices regarding their health. For more information visit her website: notesfromanaturopath.com or to buy her book, “Notes from a Naturopath” visit Amazon or Barnes and Noble.