What knowing your DOSHA might help you understand.

An Introduction to Your Mind-Body Type

Could learning a little Ayurvedic tradition guide you to a better life? Is it possible that a pearl of ancient wisdom has enough merit to make a difference in our modern world lifestyle? Perhaps learning HOW we interact with the elements might hold the key.

The 3 Doshas Elements and Attributes

The Ayurvedic Institute explains this way: “We know that fire is hot and that water and earth are cold. It is these ELEMENTS that act upon us. The way we each experience these elements is unique to each of us.” These earth elements are labeled attributes. They are air, water, fire, earth, and ether. They are described as “states of matter.”

Simply put, the quality of the aforementioned states of matter.” is experienced differently by each your Dosha or type. These three main types are called Kapha, Pitta, and Vata. These mind-body types or Doshas possess unique emotional as well as physical characteristics.

Ancient Wisdom

This 5-6,000- year-old practice of Doshas is still practiced in India but is becoming a tool for people today who want to gain knowledge and insight into HOW they should be living their lives. There is much to learn from age-old practices. From the foods that should be eaten for your best energy to how to obtain your highest level of personal enlightenment. All of these might be clues that lie in your mind-body type.

The wisdom lies in knowing what elements a substance is made of. It is in this way that we can understand the effect it produces. The effects ARE the attributes. The message is that we can optimize our health by knowing how we respond to these elements.


WHAT DOES YOUR DOSHA REVEAL ABOUT YOUR PERSONALITY?

VATA

The Vata dosha governs your heartbeat, breathing and all movement which would include bodily functions. The elements represented are air and ether. In Hindu philosophy, Prana or life force comes into the body with each breath, the food we eat, and from the earth and ethers. Deep breathing is important for everyone but especially important for the Vata type. This air and ether are related to as ‘wind.”

When a Vata type is in balance they are creative, adaptive and full of vitality. Energy bursts are not uncommon. Movement helps them to stay in balance and tend to be slim and slender. There is also an appreciation and affinity for warmer climates. This type really does not like the cold. Vatas frequently have cold hands and feet as well as dryer hair or skin. You might also notice the Vata dosha when agitated, is much like a hurricane. A good example of the air/wind that it represents.

When not in balance the Vata type can easily be anxious and fearful. To stay in balance the Vata type must breathe, minimize stress and find something that fuels their creativity. Movement and change are part of the nature of your type. An imbalanced Vata dosha may find themselves with digestive challenges or weight loss. You will find an ULTIMATE GUIDE for Vata here.

PITTA

Pitta represents the elements of fire and water. They have a fiery nature. in both body and mind. If you add fire to water is easy to understand that the Pitta type means “that which cooks.”

Pitta controls metabolism, body temperature, nutrition, and digestion. A Pitta type also typically has an athletic nature with a sturdy frame and medium build. The governing organs of the Pitta body are the small intestine, stomach, liver, spleen, pancreas, blood, eyes, and sweat.  The Pitta dosha nature is quite intense. Most Pitta types are sound sleepers and have a strong sex drive.

Speaking of digestion, you might find a Pitta gravitating toward hot spicy foods akin to their nature. This can lead to an imbalance and too much heat. Cooling foods are a fast fix. You see many Pitta types as entrepreneurs. And don’t expect a Pitta to give it to you gently. They will eagerly speak their mind. These traits when imbalanced can cause them to be a little overbearing or demanding.

Mostly, you will find the Pitta dosha to have great intellect and a buoyant personality. If they are not balanced, they will make your life miserable. You will be showered by bitterness and rage.

Learn more here about Pitta.

KAPHA

The elements of earth and water describe the Kapha dosha. Kapha is the representation of everything that is dense in the body such as bones, teeth, and muscles. Kapha means “that which sticks” and makes sense considering that our bones and other connective tissue are what hold us together.

Kapha is typically a very grounding and nurturing soul if you find them in balance. Love and compassion are the strong suits of Kapha. They like the lighter side of life and enjoy frequent relaxation breaks. You will find this much more opposite than the other two doshas which like to go, go, go.

Kapha is the dosha that is most affected by digestion issues if they are not careful with what they eat. Especially too much salt. They don’t really DO stress. But when not balanced it can become a bit stagnant or even lazy. When this happens it is similar to a swollen, boggy swamp. Sluggishness and depression occur. Kapha types like to have a routine to follow and that routine does not need to include excitement. Kaphas are ok with that.

To learn more about which dosha you might be (or a mix of ), you can take the quiz below.


Dosha Quiz link HERE.

Chart courtesy of FABIO De GIOVANNI

Outsmarting the Cancer Process

Cancer:  Can we outsmart it?

Outsmarting the cancer process is a never-ending journey of understanding and action..

It was empowering to realize that research shows that we all have some control over getting it. It seems that the same protocol for preventing cancer is its cure. For a preventative measure, we need to understand a few factors that have a profound effect on whether or not you put yourself in the path of cancer. Or not.

Having struggled with Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and insulin resistance, All of these conditions are tell-tale signs that you are in the path of a storm called cancer.

Autoimmunity is one of the first steps on the path. A wake – up call that offers a shot at redemption. An opportunity to right a few wrongs.

Sometimes small changes add up to significant results. I am not referring to making up missed workouts or getting in more veggies. I am talking about “gene speak.” What am I telling my genes?

Don’t our genes dictate who gets cancer, and who does not?  Let me break it down. Hey, I don’t get the moniker of “GPS for your DNA” for nothing!


 Outsmart cancer by considering these FACTORS.

Let me make it simple from the get-go. To beat cancer at its own game, you need to understand what fosters it. These factors below determine whether cancer cells will go rogue and turn into disease, or shrivel up and die.

 THE METABOLIC FACTOR: The consensus is clear if you ask a metabolic specialist such as Dr. Jason Fung. There literally is “NO SUCH THING AS AN ESSENTIAL CARBOHYDRATE.” We thrive with very little. IF we need it, we can make it. With sugars low, our body would kick into “fatty acid metabolism” mode by producing ketones from body fat.  All of our body systems run better on fat than they do on carbs. Especially, the mitochondria.

Our mitochondria are responsible for making 90% of our energy. It stands to reason that proper fueling of our mitochondria makes a lot of sense. Metabolic sense for us, but, it is metabolic suicide for cancer.

Fact: we increase our ATP (cellular energy) by about 30% using ketones as fuel over glucose. Consequently, we increase the amount of oxygen available for our healthy cells. So fat-fueled = more energy + more oxygen = less fuel for cancer to grow.

Consuming less sugar means that you also are at less risk for oxidative stress. There is less damage to TELOMERES  –  the protective caps on the ends of our DNA. For each insulin spike, you are eroding those precious protective caps on your DNA. There is no such thing as a harmless “carb loading” session

Dr. Thomas Seyfried is a strong proponent for the metabolic theory of Cancer. Listen to his interview with “The Quantified Body” here:  Podcast: Quantified Body – guest Dr. Thomas Seyfried

Dr. Otto Warburg ( The Warburg effect ) came decades before Dr. Seyfried and won the NOBEL PRIZE in 1931 for his early recognition of the metabolic theory of cancer. Read More about Warburg’s theory .


THE OXIDATION FACTOR:  You really cannot blame a cancer cell from doing what it does.  Cancer also has a set of  “instructions” encoded in its DNA. Cancer cells – like healthy cells, work off their own “programming.”   You just have to be smarter than a cancer cell.

  We must learn to outsmart cancer by living a lifestyle where by we are  increasing oxygen, keep insulin spikes at a minimum, , reducing oxidated stress and, finding ways to end emotional stress.

Kick cancer while it’s down.

To do this, we must address increasing oxygen within our cells.  Home ozone units for water are prevalent.  Increased uptake of oxygen in the mitochondria is measurable after such treatments

. Perhaps you also may have heard of hyperbaric oxygen therapies. Hyperbaric O2 is not just for divers anymore. Remember, cancer hates oxygen-rich environments.

Or, why not try a structured water bottle? A super simple option.

Structured water is another tool in the arsenal to increase the oxygenation of your cells.  Read Dr. Jack Kruse’s post on structured water to hit cancer cells where they live.  Higher oxygenation of cells from diet and therapies once again shine a light on the power that the human body has to heal itself.  Or, to prevent sickness and disease all together.

You have the power to beat cancer at its own game. You have to know how it plays.


Cancers Traveling Partners.

THE INFECTIONS FACTORYou might be surprised to learn that 90% of humans carry some form of the herpes virus. Understand there are eight different strains of herpesvirus. Each of them can be tied back to a particular type of cancer.

For one example, herpes simplex #1. This virus, which causes cold sores, has been implicated in not only oral and cervical cancers but also colon cancer.  In men, we have now seen links to prostate cancers as well.

This information makes it pretty easy to understand how infections could tie to a cancer diagnosis. A Florida researcher has his solution for infectious agents down to a science. Literally.The science is age-old, and NikolaTesla himself made it famous.

Researcher Tom Paladino has developed an instrument that is generating reviews from all over the world. These stories claim hope and healing.

They are healing from infections that medical science currently cannot cure. There are stories and testing showing freedom from herpes, Epstein-Barr, and even Lyme Disease.

Paladino says his instrument called SCALAR LIGHT, is “breaking apart the DNA bonds” of these pathogens. Talk about your quantum physics. His website has hundreds of testimonials.

He does not ask you to take his word for it. He prefers that you be the judge, so he offers a no-obligation trial right here.  And you might even marvel at HOW he does this.

Tom encourages anyone to take advantage of his offer to share this with your family at no cost. Tom followed the work of Nikola Tesla.

You can get my free guide HERE about how certain diseases and infections are precursors to cancer. I wrote this guide to share this important information with you.


Free your SOUL.

 THE FORGIVENESS FACTOR:  Zen out! Forgive yourself and others. Cease holding grudges. Emotional traumas? Find a qualified energy medicine practitioners in your area.

One good Reiki Master will lead you to another useful resource. Or share a modality you may not have even knew existed. The community is tight-knit. They can figure out what programs, practitioners, or classes that could help you the most.

Not only your energy blockages but, those that may have been carried over in your DNA. Ancestral wounds that may stay contained within our own energetic signature/field. Or for a DIY, you can watch any EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) video and try working on yourself.

You don’t have to be skilled either, and there are many great coaches out here to help you. I enjoyed this free workshop, and you might also. BE OPEN to new things. Experiment with different modalities like sound healing, guided meditation, or even Qi Gong.

When you tap into your higher self and listen to the wisdom provided, all of your cells respond more healthily.

Dr. Kelly Turner, Ph.D., wrote an eye-opening book. Her book “RADICAL REMISSION: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds. What becomes evident in Dr. Turne’s book might surprise you.

In her book, she highlights nine factors associated with positive outcomes from cancer. Cancer of ALL stages. The nine elements are as follows:

The NINE factors are:

  • Changing your diet.
  • Taking control of your health.
  • Following your intuition.
  • Using herbs and supplements.
  • Releasing suppressed emotions.
  • Increasing positive emotions.
  • Embracing social support.
  • Deepening your spiritual connection.

Surprisingly, when assessing outcomes of patients, several factors caused the most significant increase in healing while others made less of an impact. If you thought that changing the DIET was the most beneficial, you would be incorrect.

The top 3 beneficial changes in lifestyle were related to emotional and spiritual status and not diet or exercise. Forgiving and letting go of improved health MORE than diet and supplements in beating cancer. EVERYTHING is energetic. We would be foolish to disregard it.

The ENERGETIC therapies had the most profound effect.

Do something that brings joy every day. Be careful what you think and more importantly, what you say. Words manifest. Outsmart cancer by not welcoming its presence in your life. Speak it. “Cancer, you are not welcome here.” Own it and outsmart it. Take back your power.


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BIOhacking Detox

Is Your Detox Working?

Acd how would you know?

Perhaps you are embarking on your first. It’s usually all the rage right after the final hangover of the prior year has worn off. I had dabbled in some less than successful detoxes before I understood what it meant to detox. I also want to clear up the confusion between a detox and a cleanse as this may also help you.

It seems like many professionals out there today recommend detoxifying the body at reasonably frequent intervals, and rightfully so. At a minimum, twice a year.

We are breathing polluted air morning, noon, and night. To complicate matters, the very food we eat even if organic, can become contaminated by things in the air beyond our control. Products we use in our homes and workplaces add their toxic burden.

Flame retardants in furniture, flooring, and cabinets, and even the new car smell I hold so dear all emit or “off-gas” toxic fumes. Now add to the numerous other chemical exposures we face daily; our chemical burden on this planet is very high.

You can even detox just a little every day or take 12 hours or more for more severe cases of toxicity. To each his own really. What is truly important is for you to know what your body is holding onto first.

There is even a way you can detox mildly each and every day.

 Entering the Detox Zone. 

According to Dr. Alejandro Junger, the author of CLEAN and CLEAN GUT Diet, “When the body gets confronted with this huge load of demands, the body has to prioritize, redistribute and reorganize.” If you add the energy demand of digestion to all of that, it appears detoxification gets put on the back burner.

Dr. Junger states “Since these extra toxins are irritants, the cells coat them with mucus to tone the irritation down while they anxiously wait for the signal from the body’s central bank that the energy is available for detoxification and it is okay to release these toxins back into the circulatory system.

Junger claims that “a good detoxification program will be designed to trigger this signal more intensely than normal so if digestion is stopped long enough and frequently enough, the signal to detox gets “switched on more often.” A good rule of thumb is to stop eating by 8 PM and have nothing but water for a minimum of 6 hours. 8 is better. Dr. Junger also claims that “cooked foods delay the detox signal further because heating food above 118 degrees Fahrenheit destroys the enzymes contained in it.”

Dr. Junger “CLEAN PROGRAM” book

Detox Occurs in Steps.

It is critically essential for toxins to be neutralized and eliminated once they get released back into circulation. Since different toxins can interfere with cell division and gene expression, it is of utmost importance to not allow these toxins to circulate for any length of time. Man-made toxins are “lipophilic,” meaning that they are “fat lovers.”

Circulating toxins that have not been “neutralized” will find a fatty tissue and take up residence, and where do we find an organ that is primarily made up of fat? The human brain fits that bill and is a prime target. Neurological disturbances are born out of accumulated toxicity.

Here is where your liver comes in. It’s a filter for everything. Cells of the liver contain a group of enzymes called the “cytochrome P450, and their job is to neutralize these toxins and transform them from fat-soluble to water-soluble. There is a two-phase process that occurs. In phase 1, the detox process turns the structure of the toxic substance into an immediate metabolite.

Phase Two.

Phase 2 of this process turns toxins into something more water-soluble. The toxic agent then gets sent through the blood-stream for the kidneys to filter and with any luck, we pee it out. We need the appropriate nutrients for this to happen completely.

If the liver is to do its job it needs quite a steady supply of antioxidants says Junger “To neutralize the free radicals and specific nutrients to “feed the chemical reactions of the two phases of the detox process.” If for whatever reason, the liver does not get the nutritional support, it needs, then the whole process is compromised.

LEARN  How PROTANDIM decreases free radicals

Do’s and Don’t of Detox

Sweat near infrared saunasReduce the workload of the digestive system. Although one does not need to drink liquids strictly, this will ease the digestive load. Perhaps one or two liquid meals and one very light solid for the first few days can accomplish this. Limit animal protein.  You cannot rely on juicing alone for any length of time. Juicing raises blood sugar and will slow down the detox process.

If you are having a liquid meal, you should skip or go easy on fruit juices and stick with veggie juice. There is too much sugar in the juice of fruits, and this is counter-productive in a detox. ½ a green apple should be sufficient if necessary for sweetness.

Dr. Junger’s approach is:

  • Use caution with the amount of raw cruciferous veggies: Cabbage, collard, kale, broccoli and, bok choy are goitrogens. Aside from being goitrogenic (meaning they can disrupt the thyroid and cause a goiter) when raw, they also may cause gas and bloat. These veggies are essential to good health, but we don’t want to go juicing bushels of them.
  • Restore the 12-hour window. Make your last meal around 12 hours before you plan to have breakfast. The body needs an absolute minimum of 4 hours to detox deeply, so that means NO SNACKING AFTER YOUR LAST MEAL!  You may know this as “Intermittent Fasting.”
  • Eat at least one solid meal daily. Include plenty of leafy greens both raw and lightly steamed which makes them more digestible. For meats use wild-caught game or wild-caught fish (Canadian or Alaskan waters are cleanest) or if you do not have access to fish from these waters, eat wild-caught fish and avoid farmed.  Better yet, stick with fish as it is the easiest to digest.
  • You can always take a few chlorella tablets and juice some cilantro and parsley to help move heavy metals through the body. After all, we are trying to detoxify. Heavy metals may be easier eliminated using both of these.
  • Enhance the elimination system. The juice of a lemon in warm water is a great way to start clearing mucous from the alimentary canal.  Better yet, essential oil of lemon contains more of the active constituent called d-limonene. Make sure you get a quality oil for ingestion like DoTerra or Young Living.
  •  Get plenty of fiber. Adequate fiber assures that things we are trying to eliminate do not get stuck in the colon and get reabsorbed by the body. My favorite is Renew Life Acacia fiber, or you can use apple pectin. You can find the Renew Life product here: Buy Renew Life Acacia Fiber.

Then combine some of the above suggestions with those below.

  • Techniques that enhance elimination through the skin.  Dry skin brushing (see the method here): http://www.naturalhealthmag.com.au/content/body-brushing-essential-guide . Dry skin brushing not only helps with lymphatic drainage that requires movement or manipulation but also helps to exfoliate the skin. Exfoliation assures that the toxins eliminate quickly.
  • Sweat it out. Near-infrared saunas are another method that is super for removing toxins from the body if you have access to one. Some spas offer this service. Exercise like rebounding that is great for the movement of lymph can also be beneficial along with massage. Another way to eliminate through the skin is with a bath cocktail that consists of 1 cup of Epsom salt, ½ cup of sea salt or pink salt, and 2 tbsp. of bentonite clay. For a mood uplift or to relax muscles, add a few drops of essential oil.
  • Connect to the Earth: Grounding is an age-old technique, and all you need is some grass or sand and lack of shoes. It is as simple as walking barefoot on the ground, grass, or sand. Also called “earthing,” this simple practice

    Connect with mother earth!

    • Earthing/grounding induces favorable physiological and electrophysiological changes that promote optimal health. Earthing helps reduce the toxic human load we get from EMFs (electro-magnetic frequencies), from our computers, cell phones, TV’s microwave ovens and, home electrical wires.
    • Or, try this :  GROUNDING WITH A SPOON)  
    • Support the liver: Milk Thistle has been clinically studied for its beneficial effect on the liver, but other bitter herbs can also be used like the dandelion (tea form is excellent), Oregon grape root and Gentian root have positive effects on bile production and have been shown to stimulate digestive enzymes. Remember that when enhancing liver function FIBER is of utmost importance to guide toxins out of your system.
    •  One of my favorite liver support products is called TMG or “trimethylglycine.” I use this one by BULK SUPPLEMENTS because it is pure, and it is inexpensive. TMG has benefits that reach far beyond liver support.
    • TMG
    • For more on the benefits of TMG check out Dr. Wilson’s article here:
    • http://www.drlwilson.com/ARTICLES/TRIMTHYLGLYCINE.htm

    Of course, the best advice :

You can have a functional medicine or naturopathic physician interpret the results and provide a treatment plan.  Alternatively, you can consult with Wendy who will provide expert guidance.  She is trusted by leaders in the functional medicine space.

Coffee WHERE?

Perhaps not as common but a definite favorite of mine is coffee enemas. Even the most effective alternative treatment centers for cancer use coffee enemas. Dr. Max Gerson used this method and made it popular as it was beneficial for his cancer patients. It is explained that the components in coffee stimulate your liver to produce Glutathione S Transferase, a chemical in your body that is the master detoxifier. It binds to toxins.

Then the toxins are released through your colon. It also causes the liver to “puke” as some describe it. Dr. Gerson claims great results using coffee enemas with his patients, as long as they also included a change of diet and lifestyle.

And a few more pointers:

  • Don’t consume soda or carbonated beverages. Also, you should eliminate fruit juice, sports drinks, decaffeinated or regular coffee or tea. Stick with clear water or herbal teas.
  • Don’t exercise heavilyA light rebounding workout or a walk should be fine but keep activity light. Some of the milder forms of Yoga or Pilates, or Qi Gong, are fine also.
  • Don’t consume anything packaged. Steer clear of GMO and if possible stick with organic veggies if you are eating their skin. Avoid wheat, dairy, and, all irritants to the digestive system after all; it is not a detox unless you REMOVE potential irritants.
  • Avoid using “all in one” product. Avoid products like the master cleanse (lemon juice, cayenne pepper, maple syrup) as a detox by itself. It does not allow for real nutritional foods that the body needs while detoxifying.

Do not do a detox if you are:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have type 1 diabetes
  • Suffer Adrenal fatigue or burnout
  • You are in the process of cancer treatment and are losing weight.
  • You are taking a medication that needs a stable blood concentration, including medicines for preventing blood clots (like Coumadin or Warfarin), anti-arrhythmic (such as Tikosyn) or anticonvulsants (such as Tegretol) as absorption rates of these medications could be altered.

Check out these professional resources below

Wendy Myers http://www.myersdetox.com

Detox Bootcamp Webinar
Chemo Cleanout
Detox with Detox Specialist Judy Seeger!

Always consult your physician before undertaking a detox method.
Supplements mentioned are informational in nature and not intended to treat or cure any disease or illness. The content above is not intended to take the place of medical advice by a qualified physician.