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We declare 2007 the year for Abundance and Prosperty for all!

Healthy Tidbits


Time to Get on Board with Enzymes

The role of enzyme therapy in restoring and maintaining health and wellness is profound. The choice of a longer and healthier life depends upon understanding enzymes as a key factor. In essence, enzymes are the brains of your body. They are the catalyst that drives the engine and substances that cause a chemical reaction to move faster. Enzymes are the worker bees or the tools you need to get the job done. Unfortunately, the older we get, our enzymes begin to slow down and years of unhealthy habits cause enzymes to become ineffective. Let’s explore enzymes:


  • They either start chemical reactions or make them run faster.
  • Composed of two parts
    • Protein portion – apolyenzyme
    • Non-protein portion Coenzyme
  • Present in Every Cell!!
  • Regulates Biochemical reactions necessary to sustain life!!
  • Enzymes break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats – Hydrolases


  • Metabolic Enzymes – your body produces – work in blood, tissues and organs.
  • Digestive Enzymes – Break down food into usable material
  • Food Enzymes – Contained in Raw food.

Vitamins, minerals nor hormones could do any work without enzymes

As we grow older, the body produces fewer enzymes.

Modern diet, consisting of cooked and processed food is DEVOID of active enzymes.


  • Improves absorption
  • Utilization of Nutrients
  • Better Elimination
  • Prevents cell deterioration
  • Less energy expended by the body to break down food
  • Helps with weight management
  • Protlolytic Enzymes act as a natural anti-inflammatory!
  • Less fullness after meals
  • Decreased Gas

Material from creative Health Institute, Creative Health Institute
References: Howell, Edward. Enzyme Nutrition the food Enzyme Concept. Avery publishing.
Check with your Holistic Health Practitioner for advice on Enzymes best for you.
Good book to read: Enzymes: What the Experts Know by Tom Bahager, One World Press, 2006

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise


The physical benefits of exercise are very important but many studies are now showing incredible emotional and psychological benefits as well. Dr. Andrew Weil in his newsletter “Self Healing” states that regular exercise can have the following benefits:

  • Increase flow of oxygen-rich blood to the brain
  • Reduces cortisol levels (a stress hormone)
  • Offers distraction from worries
  • Boosts self-esteem and confidence
  • Feeling more control over your life
  • Decrease in mild to moderate depression

The next time you are feeling down and out, jump on that tread-mill for twenty minutes instead of eating that Dove® Bar.

Reference: Dr. Weil

Use a Sauna for Detoxing


Winter is a good time to slowly detox and rejuvenate! Sweating is one of the best systems for detoxing and for helping the body eliminate deep-seated toxins. It is most effective to skin brush before jumping into a sauna. Also, drink a lot of water during and after a sauna.


  • Cleanses the skin (largest organ of the body)
  • Improves circulation
  • Inhibits bacterial growth in the body
  • Weight loss
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Increases joint mobility

Include a sauna as much as possible in your healthcare program. (Once per week minimum.)

Medical Errors in the News Again

Doctors have become increasingly reliant on high-tech diagnostic equipment, but it’s so inaccurate or used so badly that it accounts for 59% of all insurance claims against doctors. Of these, 30% of patients died as a result of a delayed or wrong diagnosis. Out-patient diagnostics that harm – or kill – the patient are common, a study that analysed the results from four US insurers concluded. Sadly, the doctor can’t blame it all on computer technology. Claimants complained that doctors failed to take a proper history and examination, ordered the wrong test, or didn’t follow-up properly. In all, 99% of all claimants said, as part of their claim, that doctors were not thinking straight, or were making bad decisions, or forgetting things or “not knowing them in the first place.”

The diagnostic process sometimes stretched into years, and involved a range of healthcare staff. The most likely to suffer from diagnostic failures were people with breast or colorectal cancer, whose illness was invariably not detected in time, if at all.

(Source: Annal of Internal Medicine, 2006; 145: 488-96
Reference: What Doctors Don’t Tell You

See our Infrared Saunas.

Another Vote for Veggies


Eating two or more servings of vegetables per day may slow a person’s mental decline by 40% compared to people who rarely eat vegetables. This was reported in a six-year study of participants of 65 or older, conducted by Martha Care Morris from Rush University Medical Center. The study also revealed that consuming lots of fruit did not appear to offer the same mental protection. (Although fruits have many other benefits.) Eating vegetables seem to be a must. One should carry a small baggie with fresh cut veggies and snack on them through out the day. Also, having one serving of steamed greens per day can be extremely beneficial.

Source: R. Katulak, Tribune Science Reporter
Study: Scientific Journal of the American Academy of Neurology, Brain Protection

Eat Apples for the Holidays

Prepare them 100 different ways! Eat them raw, eat them steamed, make applesauce or apple butter, but eat apples daily!

What is it exactly that makes apples important in our diet?

  • Pectin – apples contain an incredible amount of pectin which aids function and protection and protection of the colon.
  • Quercetin – apples contain a potent antioxidant, Quercetin, which also helps prevent heart conditions, asthma and allergies. Quercetin is also a natural anti-inflammatory.
  • Fiber – apples contain rich fiber that helps colon and intestinal health

So, truly, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away.”

Source: Youthful Aging Health Newsletter, Dr. Norman Shealy, MD

Mind, Body, Spirit

Let’s Meditate

This section of our newsletter “Mind, Body, Spirit” will focus on a meditation or visualization per month. It is intended to give the reader a choice of meditation techniques to help with stress reduction and disease prevention. Please try these meditations daily to see how they work for you. Always start with some controlled breathing. Please remember how healing it is to meditate. For more information on meditation and visualization classes email Mary Jo Ruggieri

DECEMBER MEDITATION: Meditation for Tremendous Strength

What It Will Do For You

This meditation alters the super-consciousness, present in everyday consciousness. A simple self-created magnetic field with a polarity opposite to the normal function is created. The meditation will bring you an experience of tremendous strength and can trigger new life in you. If your breath is controlled, meditated upon, and kept long and slow enough it will not enter the diaphraghm. The eighth vertebra will start secreting. The pituitary gland will then pulsate differently than normal.
When pressure is put on the sun and mercury fingers, the action of the earth element on the parasympathetic nervous system will balance the id. For the first 3 to 5 minutes you will experience nothing but irritation. If you can go through it, a relaxation never before experienced will come.

How To Do It

(Remember to start each meditation with controlled breathing. Try for 5 controlled inhalations and slow exhalations.)

Sit in an easy pose with a straight spine. Relax the arms down with the elbows bent. Draw the forearms up and in toward each other until the hands meet at the level of the throat. Separate the fingers and thumb of each hand and point the palms at each other with the fingers pointing up toward the ceiling. Press the corresponding fingertip of the opposite hands together forming a teepee-like structure. The thumbs do not touch at all and the middle and index fingers maintain only light contact. Apply maximum pressure on the little and ring fingers.

Close the eyes. Breathe very slowly, very long, and very deep. Focus on the various pressures on the different fingers and on the long, slow, deep breathing. Concentrate very deeply.

Upon completing the meditation, deeply inhale and stretch the arms high over the head. Hold the Breath in and stretch as hard as possible. Completely exhale and leave the hands up. Deeply inhale, hold, and stretch. Completely exhale and relax down.

8 minutes is all that is necessary for this meditation.

Reference: Survival kit, Meditations and Exercise for Stress and Pressure of the Times by Yogi Bhajan, complied by S.S. Vekram Kaur Khalsa, edited by Mary Jo Ruggieri (Hari Kaur).

Essential Herbs: Sinusitis

Ask Charoula

Question: The minute cold weather sets in, my sinuses begin to suffer. Any suggestions??


Sinusitis involves the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory system. When these get inflamed, we get sinus headaches, sinus congestion, and runny noses. Viral infections are often a cause of sinus inflammation. Toxic particles in the air we breathe can inflame the sinuses. Also, allergies. But cold weather and humidity aggravate all sinus symptoms.

What to do for congested sinuses:

  • * Nasal washes with Neti pot are strongly recommended. Nasal washes cleanse the sinuses, carry toxins out of the system, and cool down the membranes.
  • * Take lots of Vitamin A, B and C. Vit. A — or, better yet, Beta Carotene, is specific for the healing of tissues. Vit. B srengthens the nerve endings. Vit. C builds up the immune system and increases immunity.
  • * Do Herbal Steams: Drop about ten drops of Eucalyptus and five drops of Wintergreen Essential Oils into a pot of hot water simmering on the stove, lower face towards the pot, and place a towel over the head. Inhale several times. Eucalyptus and Wintergreen are specific herbs for stimulating and cleansing the sinuses.
  • Inhalants: Make an oil using one ounce of Grapeseed Oil into which you will drop about ten drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, ten of Tea Tree Essential Oil, 5 of Peppermint Essential Oil, 5 of Thyme Essential Oil, and 3 of Wintergreen Essential oil. Shake well, and place a few drops of mixture on the forehead, and underneath the nose. Inhale the oil often.
  • Whole body baths: Fill tub with hot water, get in, and add a few drops of the above oils, plus a few drops of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil. Relax and inhale the essential oils.
  • Golden Seal snuff — not for the squeemish! It is strong and bitter smelling, with a bitter aftertaste. But it is wondrous in clearing out even the strongest bacteria. Or you can make a tea consisting of an infusion (in hot water) of Golden Seal powder. Let sit for at least ten minutes. Then strain, and use with a Neti Pot.
  • Hot Herbal Foot Baths –Heat draws down the fluids from congested areas. Add a pinch of dry mustard and a pinch of cayenne pepper to heat and stimulate the membrane reflexes. Finish with relatively cooler water, to reproduce the effects and benefits of Hydrotherapy.
  • Strong Nervine Teas made with Skullcap, Valerian, Passion Flower, Oatstraw, Nettle, Comfrey and Horsetail will help relax the system.
  • Seaweeds and Spirulina nourishes and cleanses the tissues.
  • Stress Reduction reduces strain on tissues. Try Polarity Therapy. Great for stress release.
  • No alcohol, caffeine or cigarettes.
  • Fresh air and exercise.
  • Horseradish paste (grate Horseradish and mix with apple cider vinegar and honey to taste) Take a very small amount and place on the tongue. Savor it and let the stimulating taste penetrate the sinuses and open them up.
  • A strong Tincture of: Goldenseal, Echinacea, Cleavers and Calendula will boost the immune system and kill viruses, thus reducing infections. Cleavers will help drain the sinuses. Calendula will heal the membranes.

– Charoula


Health Quotes Of The Day

“We only think more highly of ourselves when we selflessly make a difference in the life of another.”

—Ratanjit S. Sondhe

The Elemental Cook


Hail the arrival of the Winter Solstice!!! Now is the time to gather friends, family and extended family to celebrate the season of lights. This is a great time to experiment with “non traditional” foods when entertaining. Choosing foods from the air and water elements can be especially effective energetically during this time. Fire foods i.e., grains and legumes are harder to digest and take a lot of energy. I have enclosed a recipe for Holiday Greens – it is a beautiful combination of air and water foods.

Holiday Polarity Greens

The vinaigrette:
2 teaspoons organic balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon raspberry vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed
Organic lemon juice
1/4 cup organic virgin
Olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

The Salad:
4 blood oranges (1 1/2 pounds)
1 organic fennel bulb, trimmed – fronds minced (save for garnish).
10 oz spinach leaves (we prefer baby spinach leaves)
1/2 small red onion – cut crosswise into very thin slices.

Wisk all the ingredients for the vinaigrette into a small bowl. Combine well. Cut off the top and bottom of an orange down to the flesh. Cut off the peel in vertical strips to the flesh. Cut the flesh crosswise into thin slices and remove the hard white center and any seeds. Repeat with the remaining oranges. Cut the fennel bulb in half lengthwise and cut out the core. Cut each half lengthwise into thin slices. Place the spinach (or other greens of your choice) into a large bowl. Add the blood oranges, fennel, and red onion. Whisk the vinaigrette and add most of it to the salad – toss well to cover. Serve immediately.

As you know we eat with our eyes and believe me this salad is stunning. Choose the brightest greens, whether you are using spinach, romaine, Swiss chard or red leaf lettuces. The blood oranges speak for themselves – their color is fantastic. You can garnish with roasted pine nuts or walnuts. I use roasted pistachios – their color adds to this salad

Wishing you all a frosty, twinkling and magical winter solstice. Antonia Rankin.

Health Freedom Comes to Ohio

Protect your rights as a consumer to choose the type of healthcare you want. For more information please visit our website at www.ohiohealthfreedom.org, call 614-841-7700 or email pampopper@msn.com.

Breast Cancer: Treatment Debate

By Pam Popper

Traditional medicine offers a fairly standard approach to treating breast cancer that usually includes surgery and some form of follow-up treatment. For some time, the approach has been that over-treatment is better than under-treatment, essentially a “better safe than sorry” position. Today, treatment guidelines include chemotherapy for almost all of the 200,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Patients are beginning to question this approach, which is evidenced by the number of people who are using tools like The Moss Reports to source alternatives to traditional therapy.

Now, doctors are acknowledging that this area needs further investigation and that treatment recommendations may need to be revised.

According to a new report, chemotherapy may only be beneficial for 30% of women with breast cancer, which means that the other 70% suffer from the side effects of it needlessly. I’m not convinced that the 30% benefit either, but this does represent a major departure form the party line as it pertains to cancer treatment.

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the issue. Based on the size of the Times’ audience, this is a positive step, but the article was peppered with references to how difficult it is for women to make treatment decisions based on this new information. “Faced with a disease that already causes indecision and anxiety,” the Times article says, “they are now confronted with incomplete data, differing opinions from different doctors, and a choice that can seem almost impossible.”

Actually, the data is not incomplete, if one sticks with the scientific literature instead of the pharmaceutical propaganda. I have written about this many times before – the pharmaceutical companies practice an interesting sleight of hand when reporting the benefits of chemotherapy – using relative rather than absolute numbers to show benefit. An examination of most of the clinical studies involving the use of chemotherapy for breast cancer patients shows that it confers a 2-3% survival advantage at best. This information and analysis has been available for years through sources like cancerdecisions.com, but now doctors are starting to embrace an objective look at the numbers.

The Times, however goes on to paint a terrible picture as to the choices to be made by the average medical consumer today. “I’m really glad I was diagnosed 13 years ago,” one patient told the reporter, “when there were fewer choices.” What a terrible attitude to have about your health – I don’t know about you, but if I had cancer, I would want as many choices as possible!

The issue that is causing this discussion among medical professionals is that the decision to use chemotherapy on most breast cancer patients was made at a time when the 70% of women with hormone-positive breast cancers were not differentiated from the 30% whose cancers were not. Research seems to indicate that women with estrogen positive breast cancers do not benefit from chemotherapy. I must add that there is significant evidence that chemotherapy does not even benefit the 30% of breast cancer cases that are not estrogen=positive.

Certain segments of the medical profession hang on to old beliefs, however. “I don’t know that many doctors who are comfortable giving women an option about chemotherapy,” says Fran Visco, president of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. This language really disturbs me…doctors are not comfortable giving women options? Whose body is it anyway?

The Times article finishes with a contrast between two women, one who opted for chemotherapy even though her doctor suggested that she may not require it and the other who felt she was railroaded into having the treatment. Mary Peelen of San Francisco, was told she had estrogen positive breast cancer that had spread to only two lymph nodes. Her oncologist, she says, was adamant that chemotherapy was her only option. “I felt frightened and coerced,” she says. She had an aggressive regimen that resulted in nerve damage to her arms and hands that prevents her from performing routine tasks like opening jars and using scissors.

According to Dr. Francisco Estiva of MD Anderson, he now presents a choice to women in his care as to whether they want to “take something potentially toxic when you have a 90% chance of being cured without it.” He goes on to say that more women opt for chemo than not. How unfortunate!

Reference: Pamela A Popper, Ph.D, N.D., pampopper@msn.com:  www.wellnessforum.com. PH 614 841 7700.

The Other Medicine: A user’s guide to homeopathic remedies

by Mary Jo Ruggieri, PhD, RPP

Homeopathy, often called “the other medicine,” reaches across the world. It is used in many villages in the Middle East, hospitals in India and Greece and all through Europe. A homeopathic remedy, when prescribed correctly, will act as quickly as an antibiotic (maybe faster) with no side effects.

Dr. Kathleen Jones, a teacher, practitioner and specialist in homeopathy, will share her expertise with us as we follow the yellow brick road to understanding classical homeopathy:

Homeopathy began with Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German chemist and medical doctor who discovered the “laws of similars,” or “like cures like.” He discovered that by treating patients with very small amounts of substance (homeopathic doses), he could cure in very small doses. A good example of this would nitroglycerin, which given in small amounts treats angina but in large amounts will cause angina.

Hahnemann continued his study by using himself and other volunteers. The would take small quantities of substances and report their symptoms—and cures resulted. Hahnemann lived from 1755 to 1843, and by the end of his life, use and acceptance of homeopathy spread throughout Europe. Homeopathy then became popular in the United States; in the 1800s through early 1900s it was the most widely used form of medicine in this country.

In the early 1900s, allopathic medicines were introduced. Chemically based drugs were developed and large companies began to push aside the simpler and less expensive homeopathic remedies. Medical colleges were forced, for financial reasons, to remove homeopathic courses and allopathic-based medicine was born.

In Europe, freedom of choice continued and to this day you can walk into any pharmacy and see half of the store filled with homeopathic remedies. With the recent movement toward more natural approaches to many of life’s problems, homeopathy has made a comeback in the U.S.

Dr. Jones suggests that to get the best results from homeopathic remedies, one must first understand the way they are made and sold. We may get closer to Oz if we use our brains to understand this concept!

You will often see remedies listed as a “10c” or a “12x.” Each number and letter signifies the potency and the dilution to which the remedy is made. The original formula (mother tincture or mother solution) is made out of herbs, animal, or mineral substances and prepared in alcohol. It is diluted successively in water by a factor of 10 each time. If we use 10 milliliters of mother solution and add 90 milliliters of water, the resulting solution is called IX potency. In Britain, the commonly used scale is the X scale, but in other European countries they use the C scale, which uses a factor of 100. Some practitioners use the M scale, a factor of 1,000. Most newcomers to homeopathic medicines use the 6C or 6X potencies; if you need to explore higher potencies, it is best to see a qualified practitioner.

Remedies are usually sold in the form of tablets, pills or capsules. These are made of a simple harmless carrier substance such as lactose and are easy to take and pleasant tasting.

Homeopathic remedies are usually selected by a symptom picture and can be used for mental, emotional and physical problems. In acute situations, you can take one dose every half-hour for up to six hours and then hourly for six doses, then three times a day. You can take a remedy for about two weeks; after that time, for a chronic condition, you should consult a practitioner.

Remedies should be taken within 15 to 20 minutes of food and drink. Allow the remedy to dissolve under the tongue and do not wash it down with water. Also, avoid coffee and peppermint as they can nullify results.

Homeopathy as system of medicine has many advantages. Jones explains that homeopathic remedies are easy to administer, readily available, cost-effective, suit a wide range of people and they can treat the symptoms before developing into a major problem. May the longtime sun shine upon you.

Reference: Mary Jo Ruggieri, PhD

Disclaimer: The information in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat illness or prescribe any type of medication or treatment. For medical needs, consult your Medical Doctor, Dietitian, or Mental Health Practitioner.