Healthy Tidbits


B-12: You Could Be Deficient


B-12 keeps your nerves balanced, your red blood cells healthy, and your energy at peak performance. Some research indicates that B-12 can help defend against dementia and off-set depression. B-12 can be absorbed best sublingually (under the tongue.) The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that 40% of people in a recent study aged 26 to 83 had low levels of B-12 and 16% were deficient.

Probiotics: Pay attention to the flora in your digestive tract

The flora (microorganisms) in your intestines affect your entire digestive system. According to Marcelle Peck OB/GYN, NP, when we are healthy, it is due in large part to the flora in your digestive system being in balance. Called beneficial flora, these small microorganisms digest and help us absorb our food, enhance our immune system and contribute to the manufacture of your vitamins.

Go to your nearest health food store and get a bottle of probiotics. Take them with every meal and see the difference.

Remember: imbalanced intestinal flora are related to heart disease, allergies, asthma, skin disorders, obesity, and many digestive problems.


Blood Pressure Readings: Which number is more important?


Systolic blood pressure, the maximum arterial pressure during contraction of the left ventricle of the heart, is an important factor in predicting mortality risk for heart failure patients.

Systolic blood pressure is typically the first number in a blood pressure reading; for example, 120 when the blood pressure is reported as 120/80.

Heart failure recipients with high systolic blood pressures had lower death rates; those with low systolic pressures may have a more advanced disease and a poorer prognosis. Mortality rates were more than four times higher for those with systolic pressures of less than 120, in comparison to those who had pressure over 161.

These conclusions were gleaned from research on more than 48,000 heart failure patients seen at 259 U.S. hospital between March 2003 and December 2004.


Let’s Juice!


Fruits and veggies juiced have incredible healing properties. Homemade juices are rich sources of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and will increase your energy.

A juicer can be very inexpensive and easy to use. You need a juicer that will extract the pulp from the liquid and can easily be cleaned. The best juicer on the market is the Champion Juicer. But another useful one can be smaller and easier to use like the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer.

The best system is to juice a combination of organic veggies (such as carrots, celery, a little spinach, and a sliver of ginger), strain it, and put into a glass jar. Drink within 2-3 hours (the sooner, the better-enzymes are alive and doing well 20 minutes to 3 hours after juicing).

It is beneficial to add 4-6 oz. of fresh spring water to each glass of juice so it can best be assimilated. Try drinking fresh juice 3-4 days per week and see how much better you feel.

Can You Balance?


Electrical acupuncture lowers high blood pressure.

Electrical acupuncture combines traditional acupuncture needles electrical stimulation by connecting a light wire with a small clip to the needles.

Research found that low frequencies (not high) lowered elevated blood pressure rates by 40-50 percent. A 30 minute treatment was able to reduce blood pressure by 25 mmHg and the effect of treatment lasted 2 hours.

There is new hope for a non-drug approach to correcting high blood pressure-especially when coupled with exercise and a healthy diet.

Reference: Journal of Applied Physiology, March 2006: Vol 89: 872-880

Green Tea and Strokes


A study in Japan has found a significant reduction in the risk of deaths due to strokes among people who drank 5 cups of green tea per day.

Reference: Osaki National Health Insurance Cohort Study

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

February Meditation: Meditation When You Don’t Know What To Do

What It Will Do For You
When you don’t know what to do, try this meditation. It is very simple, but very powerful if done correctly. It coordinates both areas of the brain, gives you powerful insight, and coordinates the mystery of spiritual phenomena into the mastery of the three bodies (physical, mental, and spiritual). Though it looks simple, it solves many complications. It is sometimes called gyan mudra kriya.

How To Do It

Sit straight, cross-legged or in a chair. Relax the arms down by the side of the body. Bend the elbows and raise the hands up and in until they meet at the level of the chest. The fingers of each hand are extended and joined in a relaxed way. Cross the hands with both palms facing toward the chest. One palm rests in the other and the thumbs are crossed. The fingers point up at a comfortable angle. (The position of left and right hands is interchangeable for this exercise.) Inhale and exhale the breath in a slow and relaxed manner before beginning the following series:

Look at the third eye, then bring eyes to the tip of the nose.

Inhale through the nose, then exhale through the nose. Now, inhale through the mouth, and exhale through the mouth. Next, inhale through the nose, and exhale through the mouth. Finally, inhale through the mouth, and exhale through the nose.

Continue this sequence. All breaths should be deep, complete, and powerful. When breathing through the mouth, purse the lips almost as if to whistle.

Start practicing this kriya for 11 minutes and gradually increase the time to a half-hour.

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: Type II Diabetes


Ask Charoula

I’ve recently been diagnosed with type II Diabetes, and my doctor has prescribed drugs which I don’t want to take. Are there natural solutions to Type II Diabetes?


Fortunately for those with Type II, lifestyle choices have a lot to do with stopping and reversing the progress of the disease.

Type II Diabetes is primarily the result of lack of exercise, weight, and eating patterns.

Start keeping a food journal and write down everything you consume daily.

  • Are you eating enough fruits and vegetables, especially green vegetables?
  • Are you avoiding sweets, pastas, white breads?
  • Are you staying away from fats and animal products?
  • Is your alcohol and soda intake low?


  • Are you exercising daily?
  • Are you walking or bicycling at least three times a week for an hour?
  • Are you engaging in any activity, like gardening or golfing?

According to herbalist Michael Castleman, fresh vegetables and fruits help with diabetes because they are low in fat, high in fiber, which helps control blood sugar, and are rich in antioxidants, which improve the body’s ability to use insulin.

And exercise keeps weight down, burns fats and sugars, and oxidizes the blood.

The following herbs are primary in Diabetes II.

  • Bitter Melon, because of its bitter taste, helps break down fats and sugar.
  • Fenugreek and Psyllium have hypoglycemic effects, as well as hypocholesterol effects, and cholesterol is closely associated with Diabetes II. This is probably due to their high fiber content. Fiber helps move sugar and cholesterol from the blood.
  • Ginseng and Garlic have strong blood sugar balancing effects.
  • Gymnema has been used in India for the treatment of Diabetes for 26 centuries. Researchers have speculated that it helps regenerate the pancreatic cells. It is a very safe herb, and I have seen it used in studies alongside insulin or on its own with excellent results.
  • Stevia is a good substitute for sugar and very safe, and may have hypoglycemic effects as well.
  • Chromium is an essential trace element for the maintenance of sugar metabolism.
  • Magnesium seems to be essential in diabetes cases, as it helps reduce insulin resistance.
  • Cinnamon greatly reduces blood sugar.
  • Fiber rich cereals seem to lower sugar in the blood, probably because they are so high in magnesium.
  • Fish oil and Evening Primrose Oil metabolize cholesterol, and possess other anti-inflammatory properties.

Note, however, that because of the possible severity of this disease, you must consult your health practitioner as to the compatibility of the above herbs and supplements and the medicines you are taking, and keep up with accurate testing of your blood sugar content at all times.

– Charoula, Herbalist



Let’s Talk About The Elements


Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth: Balancing the Elements of LifeTM

Ayurvedic Medicine, Chinese Medicine, and all aspects of Polarity Therapy involve understanding how the basic five elements of life affect your health physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Polarity Therapy is based specifically upon the step down theory of energy. Energy moves from source to form and then returns to source. As energy steps down into form it moves through energy centers called charkas (transformers). There are five interrelated energy patterns emerging from each chakra and these are called elements.

Polarity, which is based upon understanding the five element-ether, air, fire, water and earth-will use hands on protocols, energetic assessment, energetic foods, and Ayurvedic lifestyle skills to bring these elements into balance.

The five-element theory of polarity gives meaning to the interconnected nature of life.

In this new section we will explore each element in depth so you will understand all the aspects of how you can apply this information to your health and healthcare.

Lesson 1: General Expressions of the Elements

Basics Qualities:

  • Space
  • Stillness

Manifests as:

  • Physical Body: Throat
  • Emotional Body: Self Expression
  • Mental Body: Open vs. Closed Mindedness

Basic Qualities

  • Lightness
  • Agility
  • Quick Movement

Manifests as:

  • Physical body: Lungs/Chest, Breathing, Quick Response
  • Emotional Body: Desire, Clarity, Compassion
  • Mental Body: Innovation, Problem-solving, Analyzing

Reflexes: Shoulders, Ankles, and Kidneys

Basic Qualities:

  • Heat
  • Focus
  • Radiating Outwardness

Manifests as:

  • Physical Body: Digestion, Moving Warmth
  • Emotional Body: Anger/Resentment, Enthusiasm, Forgiveness
  • Mental Body: Intention, Action-oriented

Reflexes: Head, Solar Plexus, and Thighs

Basic Qualities:

  • Flowing
  • Nurturing
  • Connections

Manifests as:

  • Physical Body: Lymphatic System, Generative Organs
  • Emotional Body: Attachment/Letting Go
  • Mental Body: Inclusion vs. Separation, Relationship Issues

Reflexes: Breasts, Feet, Generative Organs

Basic Qualities:

  • Density, Solidity
  • Organization
  • Structure

Manifests as:

  • Physical Body: Bones, Elimination, Stability
  • Emotional Body: Fear/Courage, Security, Rigidity
  • Mental Body: Details, Practicality

Reflexes: Neck, Bowels, Knees

Polarity Practitioners study each element and how these elements are manifesting on the physical, mental and emotional levels. When the elements are in balance, the body will heal.

Reference: Mary Jo Ruggieri, PhD, RPP, Director of Ohio Institute of Energetic Studies.

Health Quotes Of The Day

“Viewed from the window of the acceptance paradigm, all failures, setbacks and tragedies are simply new opportunities.”
—Ratanjit S. Sondhe

The Elemental Cook


For those of us who are fortunate to have snow in their areas – what a beautiful site. The quiet beauty of a snow fall on a beautiful, clear and sunny day awakens us to experience a peaceful, meditative walk through the woods. There is something so magically spiritual about a winter’s snow and the forest. You can really sense the power of Mother Nature. Please, go for a walk and afterward, come home to this Winter Solstice Soup. “It is definitely a good thing.”

(Use organic when available)
2 tablespoons organic butter
1 tablespoon organic olive oil
2 sweet potatoes – peeled and chopped
1 parsnip – peeled and chopped
1 onion – cooked, peeled and chopped
3 carrots- cooked, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 butternut squash peeled and chopped
4 1/4 cups organic stock (you can use either vegetable or chicken)
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger

Sauté all your vegetables in a combination of 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon organic olive oil. When sautéing – make sure the vegetables still have a nice crunch to them (Do not over cook)!!! Pour in the stock of choice. Reduce heat and simmer about 50-60 minutes or until veggies are soft. Puree with a blender in batches of the soup. Right before serving – stir in your spices.


Recipes from the book Healing Tonics by Jeanine Pollack
101 Herbal Concoctions – to increase energy, boost immunity, enhance memory, ease digestion, and support daily health and wellness.
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Deep Exhalation

Cecilia Rademacher, RPP, CPE


Breathing is an autonomic function of the body and much like gravity it will happen to us regardless of our awareness. But by applying further intention to the exercise, we can make a big contribution towards our health account.

Here are some possible intentions:

  1. We are taking time to care for our internal and private universe – will render us many merits down the road.
  2. We are taking a break in our daily routine – will train our body and mind to go from automatic to manual gear and become more versatile.
  3. We are applying consciousness to such an unconscious exercise of the body – will increase mindfulness and humbleness.
  4. There is nothing more powerful than Conscious Breathing – look at the Buddha.
  5. The yoga of the mind and body in this activity – nurtures the sense of gratefulness causing our brain to release the happy hormone endorphin.
  6. We take the chance to fall in love with ourselves again, because that is what all of the above will do – the most powerful of the intentions.

Having pictured the intention, take a long – deep inhalation through the nose, stop for the time that is manageable for you …and now slightly open your mouth and take a slow – long – deep exhalation. Do this 3 to 5 times only and you will have cleared much of the CO2 from your lungs.

Suggestion for this exercise: do it every time before physical exercise, meditation, yoga or any activity that you are about to perform, as many times in the day that you feel that you need grounding and focusing. In 6 months you will not be the CEO of your company but certainly your lungs are going to be so much happier from not having to deal with that latent toxic air inside. This small yet significant event will have a very positive effect in your blood and the rest of your body.


If you think that the previous exercise was easy and cool let me tell you about a basic Chinese health maintenance technique called 3 – 1 – 2 (yi – er – san). When done in combination with the above exercise, this may make a difference between “carrying a life or being part of Life” and will drive you to celebrate your existence in (almost) every waking moment.

3 – 1 – 2 is an acupuncture meridian exercise, created by Professor Zhu Zongxiang from the Beijing Yanhuang Meridian Research Centre.

3 refers to the massaging of 3 acupoints. This is done by squeezing for 20 seconds and releasing for 10 seconds, without letting go, 4 times.

The 3 acupoints are:

Hegu LI 4, located on the dorsum of the hand, between the 1st and 2nd metacarpal bones, and on the radial side of the midpoint of the 2nd metacarpal bone.

Neiguan PC6, located on the palmar side of the fore-arm [on the line connecting Quze PC3 and Daling PC7], 2 cun (2 inches) above the crease of the wrist, between the tendons of the long palmar muscle and radial flexor muscle of the wrist.

Zusanli ST 36, located on the anteriolateral side of the leg, [3 cun below ST35], 1 inch below tibial tuberosity and one finger breath (middle finger) form the anterior crest of the tibia.

1 refers to concentrating on one area – that of Dantian (hips, lower back and low abdominal)- and performing full abdominal breathing for few minutes in the beginning and up to10-20 minutes after some practice. This can be done in the sitting position or lying down; excellent for doing last thing at night and then going to sleep.

2 refers to medium intensity physical activities with a full leg squatting. Slowly squat down. Do 10 times in the beginning and gradually progress to 20, 30 as fitness improve.

There is no need to perform all 3 of them at once or in the same sequence. This is energy work combined with physical work so the order doesn’t affect the outcome. Nonetheless, you will benefit from setting a specific time within your everyday routine.

Reference: Cecilia Rademacher, RPP, CPE, Trainee in Acupuncture and basic TCM.

Holistic Iridology®

by David J. Pesek, Ph.D.


What is iridology (pronounced, eye-ri-dology)? Many people today are talking about how we can see our level of health through looking at our eyes. This brief explanation will serve as an introduction to the art and science of iridology. The science and practice of iridology is performed by analyzing the iris along with the sclera (sometimes referred to as Sclerology).

From the physiological aspect the eyes are connected and continuous with the brain’s dura mater through the fibrous sheath of the optic nerves. The eyes are connected directly with the sympathetic nervous system and spinal cord. The optic tract extends to the thalamus area of the brain. This creates a close association with the hypothalamus, pituitary and pineal glands. These endocrine glands, within the brain, are major control and processing centers for the entire body. Because of this anatomy and physiology, the eyes are in direct contact with the biochemical, hormonal, structural and metabolic processes of the body via the nerves, blood vessels, lymph and connective tissue. This information is recorded in the various structures of the eye, i.e. iris, retina, sclera, cornea, pupil and conjunctiva. Thus, it can be said that the eyes are a reflex or window into the bioenergetics of the physical body and a person’s feelings and thoughts.

The topographic map of the irises has representation and location for all the structures of the body. This map or chart bears a correlation to the embryological development of the human fetus.

Genetic information about an individual’s strengths and weaknesses can be interpreted through the connective tissue of the irises, including its structure, pigmentations and accumulations. The patterns of the trabeculae that comprise the visible aspects of the iris are unique to the individual. Health conditions that develop over time can be analyzed by changes in the retina, sclera, cornea, pupil and conjunctiva. These changes in health are a function not of genetics alone but also of the ways a person eats, drinks, feels, thinks and lives.

Iris analysis can uncover hereditary predispositions to degenerative conditions and early pathogenesis decades before symptoms occur or diagnostic testing may reveal. Thus, it is a valuable asset for preventive healthcare.

The science and practice of iridology is not new. The oldest records uncovered thus far have shown that a form of iris interpretation was used in Central Asia (Mesopotamia)as far back as 1,000 BC, nearly 3,000 years ago. In the Bible, St. Luke writes that Christ said, “The lamp of your body is the eye. When your eyes are sound, you have light for the whole body, but when your eyes are bad, you are in darkness.”

In the year 1670, the physician Philippus Meyens, in his book, Physiognomia Medica, described the organ division of the iris according to body regions. The Viennese ophthalmologist, Beer, did not know of these old views on iris analysis. Yet, in his 1813 publication, Textbook of Eye Diseases, he wrote, “Everything that affects the organism of an individual cannot remain without effect on the eye and vice versa.”

A Hungarian, Dr. med. Ignaz von Péczely (1822-1911), published a book in 1881 entitled, Discovery in Natural History and Medical Science, a Guide to the Study and Diagnosis from the Eye. This book achieved an international renown and he is considered the father of modern iridology.

During the first half of the 20th century, iris diagnosis (as it was called then) was utilized primarily by medical doctors here in the USA. Due to increasing political and economic pressure upon medical schools by the pharmaceutical industry, the teaching of iridology was removed from the curriculum. Eventually this art and science was lost within the allopathic medical practice. However, it was kept alive by naturopathic physicians in the latter half of the 20th century. Most notably, Bernard Jensen, D.C., N.D., Ph.D. was the champion of this valuable tool of assessment until his passing at 93 years of age. Also of significant import were Hp. Josef Deck and Hp. Josef Angerer of Germany. Today, iridology is practiced worldwide, and in Europe it has been used clinically for generations.

A system of iris analysis, called Holistic Iridology®, includes and goes beyond the traditional physical assessment. Through this advanced system it is possible to understand the whole person. Mental, emotional and spiritual aspects can also be interpreted.

Each eye gives us different information. The left eye correlates with the left side of our body, which is that feminine, creative, conceptual and intuitive side of us. The right eye correlates to the right side of our body, which is that masculine, analytical, linear and practical side of us.

By being made aware of their conscious and subconscious behavior patterns and influences of genetic memory, beyond just physical characteristics, individuals are able to understand the origins of their conditions and afflictions, enabling them to positively transform their lives on all levels. Thus, iridology is an excellent tool of analysis for prevention of illness and disease at the root causes. In many cases, conditions can be detected 20 years or more prior to symptoms or clinical health problems. A high-risk area in the body can actually be observed in an infant. Thus, it is possible to assess potential pathogenesis decades before onset from a holistic perspective.

Iridology provides a painless, economical and non-invasive means of assessing health status. It may be utilized in conjunction with any other system of analysis or diagnostic procedure available. Today, people are in need of preventive healthcare and less complex methods of analyzing their condition. Iridology holds the key to both of these situations.

Iris analysis is most effectively done by imaging both eyes with a specialized microscope and digital camera. The pictures are then enlarged and carefully examined by a qualified iridologist who possesses the highest skills and standards. The iridologist should be certified through the International Institute of Iridology® in Holistic Iridology®. This advanced approach to iridology, which is now being used worldwide, encompasses various systems that are integrated into a truly holistic model.

The eyes are the bridge between the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical aspects of our human nature. This science may seem new and different to you. I encourage you to be open-minded and explore the possibilities.

The eye has been proclaimed through the ages as the “window of the soul” and now we acknowledge it as the window to the physical, mental and emotional characteristics as well.


Reference: David J. Pesek, Ph.D., International Institute of Iridology®, Phone: 828-926-6100, Email: David J Pesek, Ph.D

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.