Healthy Tidbits



  • Increased Energy
  • Stress Buster
  • Increase Mental Clarity
  • Reduce Memory Loss

As we grow older your ability to absorb B- vitamins decreases.

All B-vitamins are important on a daily basis. They are essential for normal and balanced cell function, required for red blood cell health, prevents arteriosclerosis and builds the immune system.

B-12 helps with mood swings, regulates sleep and produces more energy. The best way to take B-12 is sublingual (under tongue) which helps with effective absorption.

 NEWSFLASH: Hypnosis For Surgery!

According to Time Magazine March 2006, hypnosis is becoming a popular alternative to sedation in the operating room!! Can this be attributed to the power of mind over matter?

Since the 1990’s, thousands of patients have opted for hypnosis either as a substitute or as a complement to anesthesia, explains Sora Song of Time Magazine. Hypnosis has been used for hundreds of years. It was used as a surgical anesthetic in 1845 in India. In 1958 the AMA (American Medical Association) approved its use in medical medicine and dentistry.

Good results occur when using hypnosis in surgery. In many cases there is less bleeding, less after effects such as nausea and fatigue, faster recovery and blocking of continual pain.

Hypnosis is another example of mind over matter. We can also see many other benefits of hypnosis, which could prevent drug dependence, help relieve the pain of arthritis and back injuries, reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine headaches and even contribute to permanent weight loss.

Start by learning how to meditate and/or do conscious breathing and relaxation as a first step to prepare yourself for hypnosis (see Mind, Body, Spirit section of this newsletter for more information.)

Reference: S. Song, Time Magazine March 27, 2006.

An Inconvenient Truth

The facts that have been gathered about Global Warming have become an inconvenient truth for us all. It is well worth your time and your energy to go see Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth”.” The movie is shocking, well documented and expertly presented!! Be prepared to take your fair share of responsibility for this serious problem confronting us all.

The scientific community has shown very convincing evidence that thousands upon thousands of people are dying each year from the consequences of Global Warming. Excessive heat, increased frequencies of hurricanes and severe droughts are some of the occurrences contributing to these estimates. The movie suggests that we are going to experience some of the worst natural catastrophes ever faced by humankind, unless we the people do something about it. Why are we not listening?

Please go to ClimateCrisis and find out more about our problem of global warming.

Mary Jo Ruggieri

What Was That? I Did Not Hear You!!

Hearing Loss Is A Major Problem For Baby Boomers

According to a Newsweek cover story last summer by David Noonan, baby boomers that exposed themselves to blasting rock bands are now suffering the consequences. More than 28 million Americans, many in this age group, have a significant degree of hearing loss, and the number is expected to swell to 78 million by 2030. Mr. Noonan reported that more than 5 million children and teenagers between 6 and 19 have some hearing damage from amplified music and the general noise they encounter every day, a good deal of it funneled directly into their ears. “If they don’t take steps to protect their hearing,” he wrote, “the iPod generation faces the same fate as the Woodstock generation. Or worse.”

Source: New York Times

Cosmetic and Body Care Products: Go Natural – For Your Health


Researchers have found the highest rate of adverse reactions to cosmetics are caused by :

  • Deodorant/anti-perspirant
  • Moisturizers/lotions
  • Facial Creams and cleansers
  • Hair dyes/lighteners
  • Nail polish (causes eye irritation)
  • Hair sprays
  • Bubble bath
  • Mascara

AVOID: Mineral oil, glycerin, alcohol, formaldehyde, dyes, and fragrance that are in many cosmetics.

Alternative products are:

  • Deodorant – ½ baking soda and ½ cornstarch. Put in saltshaker.
  • Moisturizers – mix the following oils with water and use on face and body: avocado, almond coconut, canola – any of the lighter cold pressed oils.
  • Hair setting lotion – dissolve 1 tsp. Sugar or 1 tsp. Gelatin in 1 cup water. Pour into pump bottle and spray wet hair.

For other products investigate Allercreme and Almay hypoallergenics (drug store). Clinique is sold in department stores, is more expensive and not rated any safer. Health food stores have a variety of preparations that have fewer chemicals.

For face and body soap try Basis – get the one marked “preservative and fragrance free.” Neutrogena also has a fragrance free, hypoallergenic bar. Allercreme and Almay have unscented soap. Health food stores have a large variety.

“Hypoallergenic” does not assure you there will be no reaction. Try ONE product at a time. Sensitivities also develop after long use. It is a good idea to have one or two or three different soaps and lotions and alternate them.

Men frequently react to scented shaving creams. They should use an electric razor. Replace aftershave with a mixture of one part lemon juice and one part water. This is also an excellent astringent for both men and women.

  • Shampoo: Neutrogena hypoallergenic
  • Johnson’s baby shampoo
  • Allercreme and Almay (not if they contain dye)
  • Amino Pon
  • Castile shampoo (Dr, Bronner’s at health food store – dilute)

Hair care: For dry hair, apply mayonnaise to dry, unwashed hair. Rinse after every fifteen minutes then shampoo thoroughly.

For conditioner, 1 tsp. Lemon juice or vinegar in ½ cup water. Spray on hair after first rinse then rinse again.

Reference: Written by a wonderful woman named Dorothy Schuler Fine who at 75 years old led a movement for holistic health and natural health care for better health for us all. She passed away at the age of 84 years old having written numerous articles and books. She was a model to us all.

Lack of Vitamin D May Be Linked To Muscle Pain


A study in the December 2003 Issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings reported that a lack of Vitamin D may be linked to muscular –skeletal pain. According to the study Vitamin D deficiency can occur if you have limited Vitamin D in your diet, limited sun exposure, if your kidneys are not able to convert Vitamin D, or if you have digestion and absorption problems. Add 400 – 800 IU of Vitamin D to your daily diet and see if your aches and pains go away!

Reference: Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource August 2004.

Health Quote Of The Day

“Disease is not an entity, but a fluctuating condition of the patient’s body, a battle between the substance of disease and the natural self healing tendency of the body.” – Hippocrates

Moral of the story – health is within our system and not an outside force. We all have the capacity to heal and how well our internal system operates is the key to our health. Prevention and Holistic Care is the choice that will prevent diseases.

Instructions For Life

Some Insights From The Dalai Lama

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three R’s:
    • Respect for self.
    • Respect for others
    • Responsibility for all your actions.
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
  7. When you realize you have made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  8. Spend some time alone every day.
  9. Open arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  11. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  12. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  13. Share your knowledge; it is a way to achieve immortality.
  14. Be gentle with the earth.
  15. Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.
  16. Remember the best relationship is one in which you love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  17. Judge your success by what you had to give up to get it.

Reference: Dalai Lama

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids inhibit growth of liver cancer cells, according to two new studies by the University of Pittsburgh research team. The researchers reported that omega-3 fatty acids are not only an effective therapy for liver cancers but could also protect the liver from steatohepatitis, a chronic liver disease. Time to get those omega 3’s in your diet!

Reference: RxPG News

See Also: Omega-3 Fatty Acid Recommendations for Vegetarians

Strawberries – Eat Them Any Way You Can!

“Read On”

Potential Impact of Strawberries on Human Health: A Review of the Science

Hannum, SM

Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois, USA

Epidemiological studies have noted a consistent association between the consumption of diets rich in fruits and vegetables and a lower risk for chronic diseases including cancer and cardiovascular disease. There is accumulating evidence that much of the health-promoting potential of these plant foods may come from phytochemicals, bioactive compounds not designated as traditional nutrients. In strawberries, the most abundant of these are ellagic acid and certain flavonoids: anthocyani, catechin, quercetin and kaempferol. These strawberries have potent antioxidant power. Antioxidants help lower risk of cardiovascular events by inhibition of LDL – cholesterol oxidation, promotion of plaque stability, improved vascular endothelial function, and decreased tendency for thrombosis. Furthermore, strawberry extracts have been shown to inhibit COX enzymes in vitro, which would modulate the inflammatory process. Individual compounds in strawberries have demonstrated anticancer activity in several different experimental systems, blocking initiation of carcinogenesis, and suppressing progression and proliferation of tumors. Preliminary animal studies have indicated that diets rich in strawberries may also have the potential to provide benefits to the aging brain.

Reference: Complete material printed from Pubmed/Meta Press. PMID: 15077879 ( PubMed- indexed for MEDLINE).

Mind, Body, Spirit

Let’s Meditate

This is the third of our new section called “Mind, Body, Spirit” which 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 (see breathing section of last month’s newsletter). Please remember how healing it is to meditate.

JULY MEDITATION: Meditation for Release and Rejoice

What It Will Do For You

This meditation, called seetali kriya, can be practiced whenever you get a fever, sickness or discomfort. It gives you power, strength and vitality. It is a cure from within. It will promote balance in your body’s system.

When you begin this meditation the tongue will first be bitter, then it will become sweet. Once this happens you will have overcome sickness and discomfort.

According to the old masters, if you practice this kriya everything that you need will come to you by way of the planetary ether.

How To Do It

Sit with a straight spine in a comfortable cross-legged position. If that is uncomfortable then sit up straight in a chair. Place thumb over index finger and rest hands on the knees. Take the tongue and roll it into a “V,” with the tip just outside the lips. Inhale deeply through the rolled tongue; exhale through the nose.

Continue for a minimum of 2-3 minutes. You will find this an excellent breath to practice 26 times morning and evening.

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.

Essential Herbs: Tinctures


Ask Charoula


I have been taking your tinctures for a while now, and I am not clear on how to use them and for what purposes. Could you please clarify?


Hi, glad you asked! I will try to tell you about some of the tinctures, their ingredients, their purpose, and proper use.

Please remember that these tinctures are not medicines in the orthodox Western Medicine way. Plants, as opposed to medicines, contain a wide spectrum of compounds. They are in fact small chemical factories. Because of this diversity, each plant may have many different uses. And the way it works is to broadly affect the various physiological systems in a favorable and tonifying way, creating positive changes over a certain period of time.

Let’s talk about Healthy Cell, which I refer to as an Immune Builder. The herbs in Healthy Cell replenish and strengthen the Immune system, our body’s defense against disease. Healthy Cell works most efficiently to tonify the deep immune system, the bone marrow where blood cells, including white cells, are manufactured. It is a long-term tincture: we can safely take this tonic for a long time, six months or longer.

All the ingredients in Healthy Cell are extremely safe and gentle in action, but very effective. Astragalus, Licorice and Reishi contain substances known as Polyssacharides, i.e. sugars, which are very nourishing. Osha, Garlic and Echinacea have antibiotic and anti-viral properties. Cayenne and Ginger are stimulants, Peau D’Arco is an anti-fungal, Milk Thistle boosts the liver, Schizandra and Siberian Ginseng help balance the Nervous System which is most important to the proper function of the Immune System.

I usually recommend Healthy Cell to everyone. I personally start taking it in October and go through March with it. It does not “cure” colds and flu and other such conditions: it helps prevent them so you don’t have to go to the doctor! I also advise cancer patients to take it, as well as anyone who is recovering from illness.

The usual dose is 30-50 drops of Healthy Cell twice a day for at least two months. Then one can take a short one-week break and start taking the tincture again.

Compare this tincture to Winter Care. Winter Care is a Cold Chaser, to be taken at the first sign of a cold, the flu, or after having come into contact with a person suffering from a cold or flu.

Winter Care helps the production of lymphocytes, which attack germs, microbes and viruses. It also soothes throats and lungs, and chases flu and fevers away.

Its ingredients include Elder Flowers and Boneset, herbs that help fight infections and fever, Yarrow which dries up mucus in the sinuses and the lungs, Ginger and Cayenne, for warming up cold conditions, Goldenseal, Echinacea and Garlic, all of which are powerful antibiotics, Licorice and Marshmallow Root to soothe inflamed tissues.

Winter Care works mostly with the Lymphatic system, which is the Surface Immune System. This is the system that moves fluids around the body and in the process cleanses and drains them.

I recommend this as a short-term tincture, no more than one week at a time. The initial dose can be as much as 50 drops, then come down to 30 drops three times a day for a couple of days, then 30 drops twice a day.

Another Lymphatic cleanser, excellent for inflamed sinuses, runny noses and other lymphatic conditions is the Lymphatic Cleanse. It contains Cleavers, a diuretic that helps expel water from the tissues, Calendula, a cleanser, and Echinacea and Golden Seal, excellent astringents and antibiotics.

The use of the Lymphatic Cleanse is also short term, only a week at a time. The dosage is 30 drops twice a day.

I hope this helps a little. I will continue with some more of these tinctures next month. See list of tinctures below.


Herbal Tinctures Available

  1. Bone Builder: Mineral supplement, calcium and magnesium being some of the main ingredients. Borage, Chamomile, Siberian Ginseng, Sage, Peppermint, and Licorice.
  2. Breathe Free: Anti- Hay Fever, anti-asthma and anti-allergy. Nettles, Eyebright, Ephedra, Dong Qui, Golden Seal, Licorice , Chili Pepper, Skullcap, Mullein and Cleavers.
  3. Breathe of Life: Lung Tonic. Soothes, tones and decongests lungs. For pleurisy, bronchitis and other lung conditions. Mullein leaves and flowers, red Clover, Coltsfoot, Marshmallow Leaves and Root, Peppermint, Comfrey, Pleurisy and Elecampane Root, and Ephedra.
  4. Digest It: Stomach/Digestive Aid. Marshmallow Root, licorice, Echinacea, Goldenseal, Fennel, Meadowsweet, Slippery Elm, Chamomile, Peppermint, Valerian, Catnip.
  5. Free At Last: Endocrine Booster. For hormone disorders, either teenage or menopause years. Nourishes and normalizes the endocrine glands. Most of the actual ingredients are precursors of the actual human hormones. Wild yam, Sarsaparilla, Black Cohosh, Vitex, false Unicorn, Dong Qui, Sage Licorice, Dandelion Root.

For more information on our herbal tinctures, go to the herbals section of our online store at E-Wellness Solutions.


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Polarity Therapy and Color

by Shila Wilson

Color plays a large part in our mood and sense of well being. One simple way to bring harmony or energy into our environment is to use color to influence positive change.

RED in polarity therapy is known as an earth element color. It enhances physical vitality, promotes courage. Stimulates sensory nerves, so can aid in deficiencies in sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. Builds hemoglobin.

ORANGE is the water element color. Orange helps increase creativity. It increases the activity of the lymphatic system and the “watery” elements of the body. Anti-spasmodic, relieves muscle cramps and spasms.

YELLOW is the color for the fire element. Yellow “brightens” the mind, helps with mental clarity, and promotes digestion. Stimulates, cleanses the liver. Activates motor nerves.

GREEN is the air element color. Green is the balancing color between warm and cool colors. Green is a balancing, soothing color. It nourishes the nervous system and relieves tension in the blood vessels. Green is the color of new life, growth and youth. Helpful is insomnia, irritability and exhaustion.

BLUE is the color for the ether element. Blue influences the throat and joint spaces. It aids expression and spiritual connection. It helps bring an inner stillness. Slows the heartbeat. Antiseptic and antibacterial affects antidotes inflammatory conditions. Astringent. Color of devotion.

INDIGO is the color associated with the 6th chakra and the third eye center. Indigo enhances intuition. Purifies blood. Relaxes respiratory system. Good for pain relief. Raises consciousness to a higher vibration.

VIOLET is associated with the crown chakra at the crown of the head and is a contact for pure spirit. Build leukocytes. Maintains sodium/potassium balance. Controls excess hunger. Improves ability to meditate.


by Mary Jo Ruggieri

Osteoporosis – is a strange and debilitating disease- One that strikes at any age, any time. It is the primary reason our seniors end up in nursing homes with back, hip, rib or other types of fractures. Although osteoporosis is prevalent in white postmenopausal women the occurrence of the disease is extending to all ages.

According to the National Institute of Health, Osteoporosis is a major health threat. In the United States alone, 10 million people already have osteoporosis and 18 million have low bone mass placing them at increased risk for the disease. Other sources believe there are millions of undetected cases of Osteoporosis because few know that they have low bone mass or any other skeletal disorder until they break a bone. Bone strength, which is the basis of osteoporosis, involves the density of the bone and the overall quality of the bone. The denser the bone is- the stronger it becomes. Think of the difference between a strong oak tree and a weeping willow tree. Homes built out of oak trees last for centuries.

Is Osteoporosis a lifestyle disease or a disease of our modern technology?

We know for certain that adequate Calcium and Vitamin D is critical to bone strength and bone mass. We also know that fast foods, processed foods and non-organically grown foods in soils completely depleted of minerals is a fact of our world today.

We know for a fact that common drugs rob our body of vital nutrients and often cause a deficiency in these nutrients no matter how well we eat.

An article in Great Life, June 199, talks about drugs that create this breakdown. The two major culprits were Diuretics such as Diamox, Midanor and Diuril and NSAIDS such as Advil, Nuprin, Motrin and Aleve! Diuretics, the report suggests, lower blood pressure by removing sodium and fluid from the bloodstream. They also flush out significant amounts of calcium, potassium, zinc, and magnesium.

NSAIDS (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) that are used to relieve pain and inflammation lead to iron deficiency and even worse deplete cartilage. This research has also shown that NSAIDS actually accelerate arthritis and the destruction of joints. Imagine- the therapy we use to supposedly solve the problem creates more of the problem.

The onset of increased Osteoporosis in our society not only has a correlation to lifestyle but it is a direct result of our technology. There is also growing evidence that points out that our culture’s preoccupation to being thin can often cause early onset of Osteoporosis.

In my experience with coaching elite athletes I found, in some cases, a definite decrease in bone mass loss over a four-year period of time and more sustained injuries. The prescribed drug of choice used by most sports medicine practitioners was and still is volumes of NSAIDS. Couple this with athletes, especially women, preoccupation with being thin to the point of restrictive eating and you have a major breakdown in bone strength. This isn’t just a problem with athletes. – young men and women often eat poorly, take Advil or Aleve on a whim of pain and struggle to be thin.


  • Calcium 1,000 – 1,500 MG Daily
  • Vitamin D 400 IU Daily
  • Boron 1 MG Daily
  • Trace Minerals (Important to help absorption)
  • Soy (40 to 80 MG Daily)
  • It is advisable to take a daily dose of acidolophius with one or two meals, which will help with digestion and absorption.
  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin for joint strength, also minimizes pain, which may alleviate the need for Aleve!

Herbs for Bone Health

  • High calcium herbs/bone building herbs – Oat straw, Horsetail, Nettles, Dandelion Greens, Chamomile and Peppermint. Try

Charoula’s Bone Builder Tincture!

Foods For Bone Success

  • Phytoestrogen – rich foods are winners to help offset bone loss. These include soy and all soy products, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rye, flaxseed, clover and garlic.
  • Many plants, which are also phytoestrogens, balance hormone levels. These plants are especially useful if you are menopausal and not sure if you want to take estrogen replacement.
  • Calcium rich foods such as sunflower seeds, green vegetables and grains provide great resources. Dairy products are not always the best sources of calcium but if you consume dairy – due organic due to the growth hormone prevalent in most dairy products.

Bodywork for Bone Strength

  • Any type of bodywork will create strength and extension in the connective tissue of the body.
  • When collagen in the connective tissue is compressed it gains more depth and elasticity.
  • When you connective tissue is strong it supports and strengthens bones – creating a solid structure.

Pump That Iron

  • All weight training creates bone mass to increase and stabilize
  • It prevents bone mass degeneration.

The time is now to begin your process towards a strong and healthy skeletal system. Get your bone mass tested periodically and take the steps necessary to prevent problems associated with osteoporosis. Awaken the knowledge within by awareness and prevention.

May the long time sun shine upon you.

Mary Jo Ruggieri, PhD., RPP

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.