Author / Nutritionist Getty Ambau on Healthy Diets

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The Four Pillars of Health, Longevity and Good Looks

Author / Nutritionist Getty Ambau on Healthy Diets

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The author of the Desta series of young adult fiction and Four Pillars for Your Health, Good Looks and Longevity gives us some expert and useful information about what to eat and why we should eat it.,With a major in microbiology from Yale University and years of critical research into the healing properties of food and herbs, author Ambau has plenty to tell us about nutrition in this video interview.

Here is an excerpt from Mr.Ambau’s interview with Booksandmocha:

“My overall impression of healthcare in America is that it’s too confused, too commercialized and too reactive. The healthcare policy makers say one thing while the public does something else—often influenced by the news, fads or trends. That is what I mean by “confused”. The drug companies, doctors, and all those establishments which provide services to the sick and the needy stand to gain when someone is not well. This is probably why fundamental changes on a nutritional level still have not been made.”

Biggest threats:

“Continued indulgence in sweets, fatty/salty foods; over consumption of foods and the lack of exercise. These three areas are the causes of the growing phenomena of weight gain and obesity in this country. Type II Diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and other serious health problems have often been linked to a person’s excess body fat. It’s a simple fact of life: if you eat more than your body can use, the excess food (calories) will be converted into and stored as fat. And most Americans consume way more than their body needs in order to meet its energy demands.


“If you don’t burn off calories through physical exertion, they get processed to add to your poundage. Some people consume more calories than necessary with the belief that by doing so they can increase their consumption of essential nutrients (vitamins and minerals). They can achieve this without consuming more than they need. How can this be done? It can be done by choosing nutrient-dense foods: fruits, vegetables, herbs and even spices. For example, those who use The Four Pillars drinks described in my book The Four Pillars for Your Health, Good Looks and Longevity, can reduce their caloric intake substantially by using these drinks as the source of their essential nutrients.

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview With Author Getty Ambau About Health in America

The Four Pillars For Your Health, Good Looks and LongevityInterview With Author Getty Ambau About Health in America
Booksandmocha.com is pleased and proud to interview Getty Ambau,
author of Four Pillars for Your Health, Good Looks and Longevity –
an important work about the sweet science of safeguarding your
health through proper diet. Get ready to be inspired! Continue reading

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Getty Ambau’s The Four Pillars for Your Health, Good Looks and Longevity

Four Pillars For Your HealthGetty Ambau’s The Four Pillars for Your Health, Good Looks and Longevity
“The idea of eating good food to nourish our body and keep it healthy is not novel. Nearly 2500 years ago Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, advised us to “make food our medicine, medicine our food.” Continue reading

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We’re Overdosing on Medicine

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We’re Overdosing on Medicine

We’re overdosing on medicine – it’s time to embrace life’s uncertainty.

  1. Ray Moynihan

Senior Research Fellow at Bond University
August 2, 2015 4.09pm EDT

Biomedical science has made our lives immeasurably better, but it’s time to accept that too much medicine can be as harmful as too little. Continue reading

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What Comes After a Masectomy?

What comes after a Masectomy?

“What comes after a masectomy” was
originally published as Life After Mastectomy
BY Nicola Conville,  Freelance Journalist

Nicola Conville is a freelance journalist
She writes about health and lifestyle.
Her blog can be found at http://nicolaconville.com.
Here is what she has to say in her site’s  About Us section.

Hi! I’m Nicola, thank you for visiting. I am a health and lifestyle journalist with more than 12 years experience. I have written for a wide range of publications including Better Homes & Gardens, body+soul, Cosmopolitan, Escape, Family Circle, Gardening Australia, Kidspot, Men’s Fitness and Weight Watchers. I have written about many different topics but my main areas of interest are health and wellbeing, human interest stories, travel, parenting and lifestyle. The services I provide include feature writing, subediting (remote and in-house) and proofreading.

Contact me on 0487 945 050 or email nicola.conville[at]gmail.com

Masectomy not the end

“… I felt that my b___s were my best asset and knowing I’d lose them was very hard to come to terms with”.

It’s still possible to feel great and have a positive body image after a mastectomy, as these women explain.

Mastectomy is the medical term for the surgical removal of one or both breasts. The procedure usually involves removing the whole breast, and often the nipple and lymph nodes. But while losing such a key part of womanhood is very challenging, it doesn’t have to mean the end of life as you know it.

The changes after breast cancer

Breast cancer survivors can have a range of responses after having a mastectomy, explains Professor Jane Ussher from the University of Western Sydney, who has done extensive research into sexuality and intimacy after cancer treatment.

“Some women accept the changes well and focus on their health,” she explains. “Having faced mortality, they put life in perspective. However, some women feel ugly or deformed, and worry they won’t be attractive any more.”

While losing a breast – or both – can be devastating, it’s not the only factor impacting on a woman’s femininity and sexuality.

Side effects of masectomy

“In terms of our research, what we’ve found is that it isn’t just the mastectomy that has an effect on women,” says Professor Ussher. “There are a number of changes that happen [after breast cancer treatment] in terms of the sexual body including vaginal dryness, hot flushes and a change in libido.” Vaginal moisturizers and lubricants can be helpful, as can hormone treatments and therapy. Communicating with your partner and taking things slowly is also very important.

So how can women equip themselves to deal with the changes and make the most of life post-cancer? “Breast cancer nurses provide incredibly good counseling in terms of changes in the body and sexuality,” explains Professor Ussher. “Many hospitals also have psychologists who provide good support, and cancer support groups can also be very effective. Women need to grieve the loss of their breast and find new ways of feeling sexual; it’s about redefining yourself as a woman.”

The support of a partner is also vital, says Professor Ussher, because when a woman feels accepted she can be much more positive about the changes. It’s also important for her to feel she can grieve. “Women can be very sad and depressed about the changes, and partners need to accept that,” she explains.

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What is Rooibos

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What Is Rooibos?

What is Rooibos was originally posted on www.nuancecoffeeandtea.com, an informative and useful website for coffee lovers with an experienced coffee roaster and maven named Sean Hand at the helm.

What Is Rooibos? Are its medicinal benefits anywhere near what distributors and consumers of this red tea say they are?

October 7, 2012 by Sean Hand

Rooibos is Afrikaans for “red bush”. Its scientific name is aspalathus linearis and is a member of the legume family of plants . Rooibos is an herb found in a small area in the the Cedarberg Mountains of South Africa. The herb is used to make a tisane, or herbal elixer, with many health benefits. Popularly known as “red tea” or “redbush tea”, it is not related to tea from the camellia sinensis plant as is green or black tea.

the plant is actually green in color until going through an oxidation or fermentation process..

Rooibos tea or red tea does not contain caffeine making it suitable even for children. No sugar may be added because it is naturally sweet.

Antioxidants and Rooibos:

The predominant antioxidants in rooibos are nothofagin and aspalathin. Nothofagin can be found in other plants, but aspalathin is unique to rooibos. It also contains  flavonoids like orientin, isoquercitrin, luteolin, quercetin, iso-vitexin, vitexin, chrysoeriol, iso-orientin and rutin. These compounds are all beneficial to good health.

Minerals in  Rooibos:

Apart from antioxidants, rooibos tea also contain many minerals which can aid in maintaining a healthy nervous system, and metabolic processes, giving you healthy bones, teeth and skin. Copper, iron, mangnesium, calcium, zinc and potassium are some minerals which can be found in rooibos tea. Rooibos tea is good for people who are prone to kidney stones since it does not contain oxalic acid. Compared to black and green teas, the tannin content, of rooibos, is quite small helping your body absorb more iron, and other minerals, and it aids in good digestion.

Rooibos has been used for centuries, in Africa, to aid in with many health problems including insomnia, nervous tension, hypertension, irritability and headaches. Its can also relieve colic, in infants, and stomach cramping. Allergies such as asthma, hay fever,  and eczema can be treated by drinking a rooibos tisane. It can also be applied, as a topical treatment, to combat irritated skin and minor wounds. Its antioxidant properties are naturally anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial making it good for this type of application.

Health Benefits of Rooibos:

Rooibos is a good alternative for NSAIDs to relieve inflammations. NSAID drugs can be detrimental to your health especially the gastrointestinal tract when taken for a prolonged period of time. Rooibos tea has no side effects making it a healthier alternative to an anti inflammatory. Free radicals are the beginning of potential oxidative damage to your body’s cells. Antioxidants, in rooibos, can neutralize free radicals before they do any damage to your body.

Rooibos has been included as an ingredient in soaps, face creams, lotions and shampoos. People claim that it makes their skin softer and more supple. Some say that it clears up acne psoriasis.

 

 

 

 

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About Egusi

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What is (or are) Egusi?

Wikipedia has this to say about the lauded seed from West Africa:

“Egusi seeds are the fat– and protein-rich seeds of certain cucurbitaceous (squash, melon, gourd) plants. Authorities disagree whether the word is used more properly for the seeds of the colocynth, those of a particular large-seeded variety of the watermelon, or generically for those of any cucurbitaceous plant. The characteristics and uses of all these seeds are broadly similar. It’s name derives from the Yoruba language. Which is the Yoruba word for Melon.”

The following is from godandwheatgrass.com
go to http://godandwheatgrass.com/2013/07/egusi-an-organic-miracle-food/ to read the article in its entirety

Egusi (“Citrullus Lanatus”) is a melon that looks exactly like watermelon on the outside, but completely different on the inside–with it’s bitter white flesh and seeds. It grows wild in warm, arid regions of Africa and Asia. The people of “Nigeria” and “Congo” call it wild watermelon, Egusi melon, or Ibara. Egusi can grow just about anywhere: humid gullies, dry savannahs, tropical highlands. This makes it a great source of food for farmers in even the worst conditions.

Eguis is composed of nearly 50% healthy fats and 30% protein. Whoa! Nutrition! A great dietary supplement that can be a staple in a vegetarian diet. The seeds taste a lot like pumpkin seed

Ways to eat Egusi Seeds:

  1. Shell and eat as a snack
  2. Soak, ferment or boil and add to soup or stew
  3. Roast and ground into nut butter (tastes like pumpkin seeds)
  4. Soaked or boiled seeds can be ground and meshed into high-protein patties
  5. Baby food: blend seeds with water and fresh cane juice or natural sweetener and use when breast milk is unavailable (in areas where malnutrition is prevalent)

Growing & Storing

The egusi plant is highly resilient to pests and diseases (reminds me of hemp). It also blankets the ground as it grows so–especially when planted with other foods–it helps to reduce the growth of weeds. Ko nii tete baje, as Yorubas would say, or, it takes long for egusi to spoil: in the field or on the shelf (dried seeds). The mouth watering egusi I ate all last week was made with seeds I’ve had for two years.

Egusi, Scientific Name Citrullus Lanatus

Health Benefits of Egusi

Some have purported that egusi is so high in cholesterol that we should cut back on it. I say, nonsensical nonsense. Fela would slap you.

 

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Heal with Pulsed Electromagnetism

 

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Did you know you can heal with pulsed electromagnetism?

This is the basis of Elixa.com’s EMpulse.

NASA 4-year collaborative study on the efficacy of electromagnetic fields to stimulate growth and repair in mammalian tissues NASA/TP-2003-212054
http://ston.jsc.nasa.gov/collections/TRS/_techrep/TP-2003-212054.pdf (the first study to clarify technologies and efficacy parameters for tissue growth and restoration)

Elixa.com offers a useful set of FAQs in a Q & A format for those interested in purchasing its EMpulse device

Is EMpulse energy effective in pain relief & healing?

  1. 98% of EMpulseowners state they feel better after using EMpulse rather than with drugs or any other therapy.
  2. What is PEMF?
  3. TheEMpulse is an external, low-level PEMF (Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field) treatment device which helps activate and augment the body’s natural healing process.
  4. Are there any contraindications?
  5. Not to be used in pregnancy, infancy, or with implanted electronic devices.
    DO NOT
    use in water, moist environments (sauna) or when sweating, especially at night.
  6. Is EMpulse effective against Avian Flu?
  7. EMpulse has no effect on Avian Flu in our experience nor has it been reported to have any effect in the scientific literature.

We disavow any representation that our technology is curative in Avian Flu.

  1. Compared to many other PEMF units promoted elsewhere on the Internet, your model is less expensive. Is there a difference in therapeutic value? 
  2. YES –EMpulse is more effective. It is the only commercially available nanosecond PEMF device on the market. The NASA study found nanosecond PEMF increased healing rates 2.5-4.0 times faster than other slower millisecond technology.
    We have analyzed devices selling at $4000 and found them to contain $20 worth of electronic parts, and producing a pulse far less bioeffective than ours. We started EM-PROBE to make an advanced healing technology affordable to persons needing help with pain relief and healing, and our price reflects this priority. 
  3. Is it better to move my EMpulse or hold it still?
  4. Movement back and forth over the inflamed or painful area (with the light facing the skin) is the most certain way to assure proper treatment. When you have isolated the painful area, you can placeEMpulse directly on it and leave it in that location.
  5. How long should I treat with EMpulse?
  6. We find 30 – 60 minute intervals 1 – 3 times per day most effective early in a treatment program. After 3 – 4 days treatments can be decreased if pain has stopped. If pain continues consult a healthcare provider to establish the inflamed site more precisely. The two commonest causes of failure are: 1) failure to use EMpulse, 2) treatment in the wrong location, especially with shoulders, sciatica, hips and low back pain. Call or email us for helpful tips in locating pain causing sites.
  7. Can I use EMpulse too much?
  8. Many beneficial effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) are cumulative, i.e. the more you treat the better the outcome. It has also been our experience that some conditions seem to achieve a maximum response and more treatment does not produce better results. Each condition differs and must have “best treatment” determined individually.
  9. Will EMpulse treatment go through my cast or bandage?
  10. Yes, you can use your device to treat through the cast or bandage dressing. In the event you have an EMpulse TRILOGY model, the LED light does NOT penetrate but the nanosecond PEMF does.
  11. Are there any conditions that will affect treatment with EMpulse?
  12. Smoking decreasesEMpulse effect due to excessive free radicals present in cigarette smoke. Excessive coffee intake, (2 – 3 pots daily) will also reduce the effectiveness of EMpulse.
  13. What are free radicals?
  14. First identified in the late 70s free radicals are increasingly recognized as dangerous first responder destructive compounds that, literally within seconds, increase injury and illness that can continue to expand such problems until death occurs.

Free radicals must be neutralized before pain and inflammation will cease; AND only then can healing begin. Clickhere to see how EMpulse assists antioxidants to neutralize free radicals.

  1. Is frequency important?
  2. VERY! At 10 billion pulses per second light energy is trapped in the skin and converted to heat. At 72 pulses per secondEMpulse pulsed electromagnetic energy (PEMF) passes through skin, with no sensation at all, to restore and heal deep tissues. As the first scientists in the US to study light in soft tissue injury(1980) we found IT DIDN’T WORK, as did FDA and Stanford University scientists. *EMpulse emits light for soothing skin warmth – not to heal deep injury or inflammation.

 

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Look 10 years Younger

If those high school graduation memories are fading and you’re ready to look 10 years younger then you might enjoy this article.

Steve and Becky Holman present

Old School New Body

The F4X Youth-Enhancing Bodyshaping System For Men and Women

5 Steps To Looking 10 Years Younger

By Steve & Becky Holman

Did you know that once you hit 40 years of age, whether you’re a man or a women, your body starts aging FASTER than normal? Studies have shown that without the proper nutrients and exercise, your body will age about 6 months EXTRA for every year that passes. Think about that! If you are 40, that means by the time you hit 44 you will LOOK and FEEL 46. And by the time you reach 60, you will LOOK and FEEL 70 YEARS OLD! We see this every day… just look around you.

Did you know that 90% of people over the age of 35 lose enough muscle every year to burn off an additional 4 pounds of body fat? That means you not only lose the only thing on your body that creates shape, tone, and strength—you also gain more fat every year, even if your calories stay the same.

Did you know that all of this is reversible at any age? That there are specific ways to move, eat, and think that tell your brain to STOP this rapid aging process… and even SLOW IT DOWN to the point where you’re aging less than a year for every year? That means you can look younger at 40 than you do at 35… or if you’re like Becky and me, younger at 50+ than we did at 40!

This is not fantasy talk. This does not require a boatload of anti-aging drugs, supplements, or gimmicks. And, this works for anyone, male or female, and works at any age. 35, 45, 55, 65, 75… you name it. The biology is exactly the same.

My years as editor-in-chief at Iron Man Magazine have allowed me to peer into the secret routines of the anti-aging experts. Over the years, both Becky and I have picked up SO many tips, tricks, and strategies that have allowed us to literally reverse the aging process, at least from a cellular level. That means our bodies look, feel, and MOVE younger than our chronological age.

We’ve taught this System to countless men and women over the years, and it always begins with these 5 key principles you must apply in order to STOP the rapid onset of aging that’s going on right now, reverse it, and begin “aging backwards” by restoring your body’s natural youth hormones.

That said, we have to warn you: What you are about to hear may go against all the conventional diet and exercise advice you’ve been hearing. That’s because the world has, to be utterly frank, gone soft! “Core training”, hot yoga, cycling classes, tai chí—all of these are just fine, but they won’t slow your aging, and they certainly will never shape your muscles or burn off stubborn body fat. No way!

These 5 steps reveal the things you absolutely MUST AVOID if you want to slow the aging process, reclaim your health, and achieve your ideal body.

What you need is a splash of cold water, a touch of Old School, and the honest truth. Sound good? Let’s dive in!

Step 1: Forget Low-Fat Diets

Low fat everything has been the craze now for decades and look around. What has that wonderful bit of advice done for the bodies you see? We’re fatter, sicker, and more addicted to sugar and carbs than any other time in history. And, we’re passing these habits to our kids.

Fats are not to be feared – they’re to be embraced. They do not make you fat; rather, they help your body regenerate your power hormones. Testosterone, the ‘strength’ hormone, for example, is the direct result of cholesterol and dietary fat intake. That’s right: “Cholesterol” isn’t a dirty word! Your body needs dietary fat and cholesterol in order to produce ANY AND ALL vital hormones.

People on low fat diets look drawn, gaunt, and weak. They are often sick, sometimes to the point of literally breaking down. And, they can never just enjoy eating out. Every meal and every gram must be accounted for. Do you really think this will make you younger? Of course not… it will worry you to death if it doesn’t kill you first!

 

Read entire article at http://oldschoolnewbody.com/5steps/

 

 

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