Healthy Tidbits


Skin Brush for Your Health


Using a vegetable fiber brush with a long wood handle, slowly dry brush every part of your body before showering. A youthful glow will appear.


According to Dr. Linda Berry from Internal Cleansing, the basic principle is to brush from the outermost points of the body (hands and feet) toward the center. Do the upper body toward the heart and the lower body toward the abdomen. Begin with gentle strokes. Use a softer brush for your face. If vegetable brush is too hard at first, put a thin nylon stocking over the the brush and use.

What does skin brushing do?

  • Improves your lymphatic system
  • Helps remove toxins from the body
  • Stimulates the sweat glands
  • Increases circulation
  • Rejuvenates the skin
  • Aids weight loss and loss of cellulite

Reference: Yerba Prima

Skin brushes are available for purchase in our online store.

Diets Rich in Omega-3 Oils Prevent Heart Attacks

Omega-3 fatty acids are lipid structures found abundantly in cold water fish and flaxseed oil. According to Jade Beutler RRT, RCP, they have been extensively researched for their ability to treat cardiovascular disease.

Scientific studies also show normalization of blood lipids (fats) in hyperlipidemic problems when using Omega-3. Decreases in harmful LDL cholesterol, increases in good HDL and reductions of triglyceride levels have also been shown in studies of Omega-3’s.

Omega-3 oils get the Academy Award for their performance in prevention of heart attacks and strokes! So, what are you waiting for?

Reference: Barleans

Keep Your Liver Healthy

To Do:

  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily
  • Consume good fiber
  • Eat fermented foods: miso, sauerkraut…
  • Do daily with meals:
  • Probiotics (see last month’s newsletter) & digestive enzymes
  • Exercise and use a mini trampoline
  • Drink Essiac Tea-best gentle liver cleanse
  • Do a liver flush (consult with a holistic health practitioner

Herbs for a Healthy Liver

  • Tumeric-good for inflammation
  • Green Tea-aids digestion
  • Milk Thistle-great for a healthy liver
  • Dandelion-digestive aid
  • Blessed Thistle-blood purifier

Reference: Dolores Ballinger, Vol. I, Essential Cleansing

Cancer Research

with Dr. Ralph W. Moss, PhD

Horseradish-Scientists at Michigan State University found horseradish and Japanese wasabi contained ingredients called monogalactasy/diacylglycerides.

Both were found to restrict the growth of cancer cells.

Feverfew-A 2006 study from Clemson University showed that parthenolide, a primary compound in feverfew has anti-tumor activity.



Sleep controls the aging process!

Melantonin, referred to as a sleep hormone, is useful in promoting a safe level of sleep and improves falling asleep.


Mushrooms, Mushrooms Everywhere

Sautee them in butter, wine or garlic and olive oil. Mix them in spaghetti sauce, or put them on your favorite pizza. Doesn’t matter how you do them, but just eat them!

Mushrooms just beat out wheat germ and chicken liver as the best source of an antioxidant called erothioneine.

According to Sarah Keough, researchers at Penn State found white button mushrooms to have 12 times more of this antioxidant than wheat germ.

PS-Mushrooms do not lose any of those antioxidants when cooked!

Reference: Alternative Medicine

Winter is Here-Time for Colloidal Silver

A Natural, Powerful Antibiotic that Prevents Infection

Acting as a catalyst, colloidal silver reportedly disables the enzyme that one-celled bacteria, viruses and fungi need for their oxygen metabolism. In essence, colloidal silver destroys disease-causing organisms in the body and in food.

Take one tablespoon daily, then after 4-6 weeks, take a week off. Colloidal silver can also be used to treat cuts, scrapes, itches or acne. Safe for use on pets as well!

For quality colloidal silver visit our online store.

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 email Mary Jo Ruggieri

March Meditation: A Transcendental Meditation-Maha Shakti Chalnee Indra Mudra

How To Do It

1) Sit in easy pose. Inhale deeply, whistling through the mouth. The lips should be puckered like a beak. Exhale through the nose. Concentrate the sound at the third eye and point for 5 minutes. Listen only to the pure sound. Continue for 2 more minutes, mentally inhaling “Sat” and exhaling “Nam” with the whistle. (Satnam means “truth within”)

2) Come into cobra pose. Arch the neck back and look up. Fix the eyesight at a point on the ceiling straight up. Inhale through the nose and whistle out through the mouth for 3 to 5 minutes. Inhale and slowly relax down out of cobra pose. Rest for 2 minutes.

3) Lie on the back with knees pulled to the chest. Hold them there with hands and fingers interlaced over the knees. Lift the head up putting the nose between the knees. With the mouth closed make the sound “hunnnnnnh.” The vibrations will be felt in the nose and throat. Continue for 3 minutes.

4) Relax on the back with legs crossed on the ground as in easy pose. This creates a delicate pressure in the lower spine. Maintain the position for 5 minutes.

5) Sit in easy pose, hands on shoulders, thumbs behind and fingers in front. Swing from left to right, inhaling left and exhaling right (5A). Synchronize the motion with the breath for 1 minute. Then sit on the heels and continue the exercise for 1 more minute (5B). Inhale and hold briefly.

6) Still sitting on the heels, lean forward and put the forehead on the ground. Rest completely in this pose for 3 to 5 minutes. (Baby pose)


This real transcendental meditation, as it was originally taught centuries ago. Transcendental meditations always have a breath rhythm and a hand mudra linked to the mantra. The benefits of this single kriya are that it allows you to control the senses and thoughts and also balances the life nerves of prana and apana so that your health is improved and the lung capacity is increased. The extra capacity sends an increased vital force to the nervous system with each breath. Nerves hat are strong give you patience. In this exercise, the body maintains a perfect equilibrium in the CO2 and O2 exchange.

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)

Let’s Talk About The Elements

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

You’re only as healthy as the amount of energy you bring to your life. Energy blocks and disruptive imbalances to the free flow of energy in our system are the underlying causes of dis-ease. By understanding the five elements of life (all biological forms are made up of these five elements)–ether, air, fire, water, and earth-and their respective chakras or centers of manifestations we can get a clearer understanding of where potential imbalances may occur.

Lesson 2: Mental & Emotional Qualities of the Elements



Ether Air Fire Water Earth
Overview This is the most encompassing element. Inner attraction and aesthetic sense are its natural expression. This element relates to our sense of beauty, hope, and movement. It is the flexibility of our body and the ability to bend. This element conveys the fire of life and enthusiasm. It is the motivation and vitality of the body. It can also be seen in the drive for power or self-knowledge. The water element is responsible for the generative impulse. For intuition and nurturing. This element represents the field of completion. Form and crystallization are manifestations of the earth element. This is the final stage in the descent of energy.


Peaceful, thoughtful, still, neutral, self-esteem, I AM, ego Ideas, active, attentive, quickness, integrity, moderation Enthusiastic, self-centered, willful, honest, direct, expressive, compassionate, I Care Sensitive, intuitive, unconscious feelings, patient, fluid, flowing, receptive Steady, practical, grounded, prone to inertia
Neutral Self esteeming, accountable, humble, conscious choice, humility Honest, content, moderate Warm, responsible, respectful, enthusiastic, forgiving, compassionate, letting go Changing, accepting, receptive, nurturing, creative, self care, I Need Protective, stable, supportive, accepting limits, good boundaries
Expanded Arrogant, better than, shameless, tyrant, pride Pumped up, speedy, impatient, greedy, dissatisfied, addicted Raging, blaming, resenting, explosive, controlling Isolated, anti-dependent, passionate, sex addict Walls, invulnerable, paranoid, defensive, hyper-vigilant
Contracted Worthless, less than, victim, doormat Tuned down, immobile, depressed, jealous, hopeless Self blame, apathetic, resenting, controlled Enmeshed, dependent, needy, possessive, love addict No boundaries, too vulnerable, oversensitive, anxious, self-doubt
Emotional Grief, joy, longing, pride, humility, return to spirit Desire, love/hate, push/pull, greed, aversion, charity, compassion, unconditional love, judgement Anger, frustration, powerful Attachment, lust, holding on/letting go, moderation, chastity Fear, self-protection, anxiety

Reference: Mary Jo Ruggieri, PhD, RPP

Health Quotes Of The Day

“The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid”

—Lady Bird Johnson, Former First Lady of the United States

The Elemental Cook

As an energetic food awareness junkie, I am continuously looking for ways to make my favorite foods healthy. Well I have come up with a wonderful way to give the element of fire (grains, beans and legumes) a new twist. I love potato chips, corn chips – just general crunchy stuff – but energetically those foods do not vibrate well with any of us. No one should be eating corn for sure. So here is my recipe for a new style of chip. Sure to satisfy the crunchy, salty urge:

Ezekiel Chips:
Set oven to 375 degrees.
You will need 4 Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Tortillas
Take each tortilla and cut them into small sized pie pieces(triangle cut).
Place them on a cookie sheet that has been brushed with olive oil or grapeseed oil.
Brush each individual piece of the Ezekiel chips with olive oil or grapeseed oil.
Sprinkle the chips with a generous amount of coarse sea salt – you may also add the following to make up any flavor chip you desire.
Remember always sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
Additions: cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, italian seasonings, dill, mexican spices, etc. Be creative.
Bake at 375 degree for about 15 minutes or until very crisp.
Keep an eye on these because they tend to bake quickly. Serve with your favorite dips.

About Ezekiel: Ezekiel is a 100% flourless, sprouted, complete protein grain, It is a certified organic grain, It is a live grain, No yeast – no baking powder. A true energetic food.
Antonia Rankin, APP – Cleveland, OH

Health Freedom Comes to Ohio

Hello Members of the Ohio Health Freedom Coalition:

My name is Carrie Haughawout (pronounced How-out) and I am going to be helping to coordinate the activities of the Ohio Health Freedom Coalition. I’d like to take a minute to tell you a little about myself. Just prior to accepting this position, I was employed by the Ohio House of Representatives for six years- the last three years I worked for the speaker of the House. I am confident that my experience with the Ohio Legislature will be helpful as we continue to try to get the law in Ohio changed.

We are working on getting a new bill drafted for introduction in the Ohio Legislature in the next couple of months and also contacting a few key members that have been supportive of our cause in the past to become the primary sponsor of our bill since Rep. Reidelbach is no longer in the Ohio House.

In the mean time, we’d like to work on building our membership. Ideally it would be great to have one person designated as a chair in every single Ohio Senate district. This person would be a point person for all information regarding Ohio Health Freedom and help us become a stronger organization by soliciting new members and coordinating letter writing to legislators. If you are interested please let me know.

We also have a new address and phone number. Our new address is Health Freedom Coalition of Ohio 510 E. Wilson Bridge Road, Suite F, Worthington, OH 43085. Our phone number is (614) 888-7351. The email is still the same, but those emails will come to me and will be monitored daily.

Last, we will be doing some work on the website so please bear with us as we update the website- but also don’t forget to check it for new information!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email. We’ll be in touch soon.

Best Regards,


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


By Dr. Pam Popper

I’ve been receiving lots of emails and voice mail inquiries about stevia. Apparently, a recent guest on the Oprah show announced that stevia is harmful to health, and many of you are concerned. So, here’s the real story about Stevia.

Stevia is a small shrub native to Paraguay. The native Indians there have used it for over 1500 years as a sweetener, a digestive aid, tonic, and as a topical aid for wounds.

Stevia is non-toxic and nutrient-rich, containing substantial amounts of calcium, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, zinc, Vitamins A and C and over 100 phytonutrients.

Stevia has been used to reduce cravings for alcohol and tobacco, to normalize blood sugar levels, and to regulate blood pressure. According to research conducted at The Hiroshima University School of Dentistry and the Purdue University Dental Research Group, Stevia retards the formation of plaque and suppresses the growth of cavity-causing bacteria.

Topically, Stevia has many healing capabilities. Applied to a cut or scrape, it stings, but a significant reduction in pain follows, with accelerated healing and reduced scarring. Whole leaf Stevia extract can be used as a face mask – it tightens the skin, smoothes wrinkles and heals skin blemishes and acne. It can also reduce symptoms of dermatitis and eczema as well. Adding Stevia concentrate to shampoos, or applying it to hair after washing, conditions the hair.

Stevia can be purchased in a number of forms – dried leaf form, leaf powder, tea, liquid tincture, extract or concentrate. The less refined the Stevia is, the better. Read labels carefully, as some varieties have additives including alcohol.

The refined form of Stevia, labeled as isolated steviosides, comes in a white powder or liquid extract. These forms are fine and perfectly safe for sweetening, but do not contain all of the health benefits discussed previously.

Stevia makes an excellent sweetener for tea and coffee. It can also be sprinkled on cereals, fruit, added to smoothies, etc. Because of its concentrated sweetness, it is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar, and is therefore difficult to use in baking and cooking at home, although there are conversion charts available. The problem is adjusting the ratio of wet and dry ingredients in a recipe to account for the use of Stevia.

The taste may take a little getting used to, but most people who have tried it really like it.

Stevia was commonly used in the U.S. in the 1980’s as a sweetener. In fact, it has been used for centuries around the world quite safely. Celestial Seasonings used it as a sweetener in their tea products until 1986, when without warning, the FDA raided their warehouse and seized the company’s entire stock of Stevia. The FDA gave no reason for the raid, but the company was told it could no longer use Stevia in its products.

Prior to this event, Stevia was on the FDA’s GRAS list (generally regarded as safe). It was removed from that list at the same time that Aspartame was placed on the market. In 1991, the FDA issued a report stating that Stevia was an unsafe food additive, ignoring the fact that it had been used extensively in other countries without incident.

In 1994, the FDA was forced to lift the ban on Stevia due to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).

There has been a lot of speculation about the FDA’s actions, but it is interesting to note that the attempts to remove it from the market coincided with the introduction of artificial sweeteners by a major corporation.

The bottom line is that unrefined stevia is not only safe for use as a sweetener, but has nutritional value as well.

Reference: Pamela A Popper, Ph.D, N.D.,, phone 614.841.7700.

Law of Attraction: It’s All About Vibration

by Mary Jo Ruggieri, PhD, RPP

The term energy and its relationship to all facets of life and lifeforce has become a household word. Energy is diverse and energy is perpetual-it cannot be created; it cannot be destroyed. It can only be manifested. For energy to manifest into form or to become a useful system, it must have movement. Franklin Sills in his book, The Polarity Process, says that energy can mean specific types of energy such as electrical energy, x-rays, atomic energy, sun energy. It can also refer to the movements of subtle pulsations. Sills continues by saying that it is with these subtle pulses (vibrations) that many Eastern traditions approach their healthcare and their healing work.

All energy follows the basic laws of movement.

“It’s All About Vibration”

Movement in essence is all about vibration, according to one of the oldest laws on record, The Law of Vibration. This law states that nothing rests, everything moves, and everything vibrates. This old Hermetic Principle was enunciated thousands of years ago by the masters of ancient Egypt.1

The law of vibration explains that the differences between different manifestations of matter, energy and even spirit, result largely from varying rates of vibration. From the All (or Source) that is thought of as pure spirit, down to the grossest (solid) form of matter, all is in vibration – the higher the vibration, the higher the position in the scale.2 It seems strange that over 10,000 years later a scientist named Albert Einstein said the same thing indicating that all energy reached a vibratory rate faster than even the speed of light. E=mc2. Matter is energy and energy is matter.

From electron, atom and molecule, to worlds and universes, everything is in vibratory motion and also on the mental planes whose states depend upon vibrations.3

One interesting variable about the concept of vibration is that like vibrations will attract. According to Dr. Masaru Emoto, author of the New York Times best-seller, The Hidden Messages of Water, all existing things have vibrations. This energy is often positive or negative and it is easily transmitted to other existing things. Dr. Emoto’s many studies show that through his various experiments that water can actually respond to information. Water attracts and absorbs various vibrations that will then be displayed as formed or deformed crystals when the water is frozen.4

Emoto continues to explain how like vibration attracts by showing that tuning forks will resonate. He works with three tuning forks. Forks 1 and 2 have a frequency of 440Hz and Fork 3 has a frequency of 442Hz. Forks 1 and 2 are designed to vibrate 440 times per second, while Fork 3 vibrates 442 times per second. If you hit Fork 1 with a rubber hammer, Fork 2, having the same frequency, will immediately vibrate and give off a sound. However, Fork 3 will not. Therefore, when two things have the same vibrations they resonate with each other.5

It can also be concluded that as humans we can create different vibrations mentally, physically, and emotionally and other things or events or people who have similar vibrations will resonate with the signals we are sending out. Attraction!

Pure and Simple – Vibrations Create Your Reality

One can quickly see why and how we attract into our field whatever we are giving energy to on a consistent level.

Whatever You Give Energy To Flourishes

Due to electro-magnetic force, vibrations move when they have two poles: a positive pole that projects energy and a negative pole that will attract energy. The Law of Attraction is really the Law of Polarity. The Law of Polarity states that everything is dual, everything has opposite poles, and for movement to occur there must be a positive, neutral, and negative pole. The Law of Attraction and Repulsion or the Law of Projection and Reflection (Polarity) truly is how we manifest energy. According to the Law of Vibration you will attract what you vibrate and you vibrate what you intend and/or desire.

So it is wise to say: be careful what you ask for because you will receive it!

Application of the Law of Attraction

  1. How one feels actually creates the vibration.
  2. The Universe will correspond to the vibration created by these feelings.
  3. Everyone is the co-creator of his/her own life.

The Secret, a new feature-length film from Prime Time Productions (available on DVD at quickly motivates us to understand the Law of Attraction by becoming aware of the following realities:

  • One attracts what one thinks and feels
  • One gets what one asks for
  • Words are important-they have energy!
  • Passion creates energy and a lot of passion attracts even more energy
  • One personally draws everything to oneself
  • Affirmative thoughts attract 100 times more than negative thoughts-choose your thoughts carefully6

The fact that we can manifest what we give energy to, what we consistently think about, and what we truly feel in our body and in our emotions is our reality. This concept that we attract into our lives what we desire and what we feel is not a new revelation. Scientists have known and proven this theory over and over again. We bring into our field (a region of influence) whatever we vibrate.

Modern science shows that we are all made up of molecules and atoms and that these molecules and atoms have their own communication system and their own unique set of frequencies. Lynn McTaggart in her book, The Field, says that each molecule has its own frequency and its receptors that tune into this frequency, much like your radio tunes into a particular station. This can occur, she says, even over vast distances and that the vibration of one body will be reinforced by the vibration of another body at or near its frequency.7

Research again has shown over and over that molecules and inter-molecular bonds emit specific frequencies that can be detected billions of light-years away by the most sensitive of modern telescopes.8

We Attract What We Think-We Attract What We Feel

The Law of Attraction is Always Working

Your life as you believe it to be is a physical manifestation of all your thoughts. The more energy or focus you give to something, negative or positive, the more of that will be attracted into your life.

The moral of the story is simple: what we dwell on is manifested, what we give energy to flourishes, and we can always change what we attract into our lives. We create our own reality.

The Secret

The Law of Attraction has many specific steps that should be considered when deciding how to attract what we really want into our lives – good health, prosperity, and abundance are a few ideas.

A summary on how to do it:

First and foremost: ask clearly for what you want. Be very clear-no “ifs, ands or buts!”

Trust the process. Be still. Believe it will happen.

Feel deeply that you can receive what you need and want.

Have an ´attitude of gratitude´ and focus on what you already have that is positive

Focus on good health, abundance and prosperity

Remember: change is always there-how one reacts to change is how it is manifested

Spend an evening with friends and family watching the The Secret. Join a discussion group to study these concepts. Understanding the Law of Attraction will open up a new consciousness for understanding that everything in your life you have attracted and everything coming into your life you will also attract.

There are opportunities to attract abundance, prosperity, and even world peace. It is but for the asking.

1 The Kybalion, pg. 30.
2 Ibid.
3 Ibid.
4 Emoto, M. (2005). The True Power of Water. Beyond Word Publishing, p. 21.
5 Ibid, pg 22.
6 TS Production, LLC (2006). The Secret. DVD available at
7 McTaggart, L. (2002). The Field. Harper Collins Publishers, p. 45.
8 McTaggart, L. (2006). Living the field: The science of the field three. Available at The Living Field, p. 5.

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.