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By Kaephas Kain 01 Sep, 2017
by Subhadra Terhanian, Uncle Harry's Natural Products

Unless you’re no stranger to oral health issues, deciding on what type of toothpaste you should use probably doesn’t keep you up at night. The unfortunate truth is, while you’re sound asleep dreaming of things far less trivial than toothpaste, the acids and bacteria in your mouth are hard at work breaking down your precious tooth enamel.

Have no fear! Our planet is stocked to the core (literally) with amazing plants and minerals that, when utilized in the right combination, create a powerhouse of tooth protection. From preventing enamel erosion and gum issues to combating bad breath and yellowing teeth, natural toothpastes will give you something to smile about.

Although tooth enamel is the hardest part of the human body, it can erode in the presence of strong acids. When the pH of the mouth drops below 5.5, acids begin to dissolve the complex lattice bonds which make our teeth so durable. Calcium and phosphorus ions can then be leached from the crystalline structure, thinning the enamel and heightening sensitivity.

Major oral care issues can arise when there is prolonged contact with acids and bacteria, or when saliva is not present, too acidic, or nutrient deficient. At that point enamel is unable to recapture mineral ions released during the acid attack. A sustained loss of minerals is what leads to permanent, irreversible dental damage.

Bacteria, food and drink, and saliva all have the potential to introduce and accelerate the growth of acidic substances, preventing the teeth from remineralizing naturally. Luckily, the presence of alkaline, nutrient-rich saliva can neutralize these erosive substances and allow the enamel to reabsorb lost minerals before they are gone for good.

When it comes to complete oral care, minimally processed and food-grade ingredients are the most effective at addressing the risk factors of demineralization. Clean and simple ingredients can help maintain an alkaline pH of the mouth and promote naturally healthy teeth. Incorporate the following natural elements into your oral care routine and begin achieving satisfying and holistic results.

1. Control bacteria with essential oils: A blend of purifying essential oils – peppermint, eucalyptus, clove, wintergreen, and oregano – is a great antibacterial mixture that adds distinctive freshness and a kick to your teeth brushing regimen. Also great for supporting oral health, isolated components eucalyptol, menthol, methyl salicylate,
and thymol have been suggested by the FDA to help address gingivitis and plaque issues.

2. Alkalize your mouth with earth minerals : Calcium carbonate is important for oral health. It is used in many oral care products for its high alkaline pH of 9.9, which neutralizes acidity in the mouth. Bentonite clay, another alkalizing mineral, has a pH over 8.5.

3. Keep salivating with pure sea salt: Brushing with salty clays and minerals for the first time can feel quite, well… salty, but for good reason! Salt promotes the secretion of saliva, which helps combat dry mouth and ensures minerals stay suspended near the teeth to be quickly reabsorbed.

4. Restore balance with bioavailable trace minerals:
Calcium carbonate, bentonite clay, and sea salt contain food grade trace minerals that the body can use to stabilize and strengthen enamel. An excess of minerals in the mouth also provides a mineral reservoir prior to and during acid attack, which helps control damage and improve recovery time.

Subhadra Terhanian is Uncle Harry’s daughter and business partner.

By Kaephas Kain 01 Sep, 2017
by Holly Lucille, ND, RN

I think that one of the biggest challenges that people have – and I see this in my practice often – is finding practical, realistic ways to be healthy and happy. That’s not to say that peace of mind and body is necessarily a simple, three-step process that you can do once and be all set for the rest of your life. What I mean by practical and realistic is that there are key steps you can easily apply to your life and truly start seeing results.

Detoxify: A Crucial First Step
Let’s face it: with our modern day environment and the choices we often make, there is somewhat of an everyday “re-tox” going on; so why don’t we employ an everyday “de-tox” to help even the playing field? One of the easiest ways to start detoxifying immediately is to bolster the ability of your liver with curcumin, a compound from turmeric. There are many curcumin (and turmeric) supplements available, but in my experience, the best form is a clinically studied curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil that helps it absorb better and stay in the bloodstream longer.

Although curcumin is often associated with pain relief, it is actually one of the most liver healthy compounds in the world, and that’s a must for detoxification. Curcumin prevents harmful fat deposits in the liver and enhances two key detoxifying enzymes – superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase. This makes it easier for the body to rid itself of estrogen mimics and other unhealthy compounds and toxins that could otherwise lead to serious conditions. Additionally, it protects the liver from oxidative damage and allows it to regenerate the cells that keep toxins from getting the upper hand.1

Other investigations of the anti-inflammatory actions of curcumin show that it may stop the accumulation of fat cells in the liver (and elsewhere) that can lead to insulin resistance, elevated blood sugar levels, and unwanted extra pounds.2,3 One of the great things about curcumin is that it works along so many pathways in the body that it helps you stay healthy in a great variety of ways – reducing pain, inhibiting tumor growth, and preserving cognitive function. Another great detoxifier is one that probably everyone has heard of – Epsom salts. Simply adding these to your bath water does wonders. Epsom salts gently remove toxins and help your muscles relax while simultaneously providing a source of muchneeded magnesium, a critical mineral for detoxification. Try it for 20 minutes a few times a week, and I think you’ll notice a big difference.4

Adapt and Recharge: Meet Everyday Challenges
Unhelpful reactions to chronic and compounded stress can fuel all kinds of unhealthy conditions: elevated blood sugar and cortisol levels, adrenal burnout, a buildup of internal and external toxins, and an increase in inflammation throughout the body. However, there’s an herbal ingredient that may not be familiar to everyone – not yet, at least. It’s called ashwagandha, and it has been used in Ayurvedic practice for centuries. It has also been the subject of intensive research regarding promoting healthy energy levels, stress reduction, and better muscle response to exercise.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen – it has an ability to help you to mentally and physically adapt to changing circumstances and more easily get through your day. Natural compounds in ashwagandha called withanolides help you overcome the feeling of depletion. In a clinical test, it was shown to do this in a big way – decreasing cortisol levels (our “fight or flight” hormone) and reducing the feelings of stress and fatigue by over 50 percent. It has also been shown to dramatically reduce feelings of social dysfunction (that powerful urge to avoid people at all costs),  epression, and muscle stress and tightness.5

Because ashwagandha helps clear away so much of the distracting “chatter” produced by our minds and bodies when we’re under stress, it can really improve a sense of focus, clarity, and energy. I consider this herb a real jewel. And while it is gaining in popularity among health-minded individuals, ashwagandha is still somewhat “under the radar” and isn’t yet mainstream. But I bet it will be soon.

Unplug: Rejuvenate Body and Mind
It’s easy to get caught up in a rush of schedules, demands, and – let’s admit it – social media. Each conspires in its own way to control our attention and ratchet up our reactions to stress and toxins. Along with any one (or all) of the methods I’ve mentioned here, I would recommend that you unplug as often as possible. Resist the temptation to turn on the TV or check how many “likes” your latest post received. You deserve some peace. It will help you stay healthy and vibrant, and help make your presence to others more beneficial, too.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN is a nationally recognized and licensed naturopathic doctor and educator in natural products, an author of several books, and national educator for Europharma. As an expert in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Lucille provides lectures on a variety of natural health topics and is regularly quoted in both consumer and peer journals. Her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare, focuses on comprehensive naturopathic medicine and individualized care.

References
1. Kadasa NM, Abdallah H, Afifi M, Gowayed S. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2015;16(1):103-8.
2. Shao W, Yu Z, Chiang Y, et al. PLoS One. 2012;7(1):e28784.
3. Ejaz A, Wu D, Kwan P, Meydani M. J Nutr. 2009 May;139(5):919-25.
4. Rosanoff A, Weaver CM, Rude RK. Nutr Rev. 2012 Mar;70(3):153-64.
5. Chandrasekhar K, Kapoor J, Anishetty S. Indian J Psychol Med. 2012;34(3):255-62.

By Kaephas Kain 01 Sep, 2017
by Dr. Carla Yamashiro

You would think having been born and raised in Hawai’i, I would love the summer heat— but I can’t take it! My soul-mutt Makana, on the other hand, loves summer because it is the time of year he gets to cool off at the lake. I love seeing him jump out of his skin with excitement, because normally nothing gets him jumping, or sitting, for that matter. I remember taking him to puppy school, and by the end of the program all the other dogs learned to do tricks, but Makana didn’t even learn how to sit. We would arrive at class and he would plop himself down on the floor and lie there the entire time. I couldn’t even get him to stand in order to teach him how to sit. He may not understand “sit,” but he sure knows what “let’s go to the lake” means!

Another thing that cannot take the heat is dental amalgam. Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals containing tin, zinc, copper, and silver, but about half of it is mercury. Mercury is a neurotoxin, but when it is “fixed” or “bound’ by these other metals, it is considered safe by the American Dental Association. However, research from the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT) shows that mercury vapor is released from its “fixed” state when exposed to heat or friction such as from brushing your teeth, drinking hot liquids, chewing and grinding teeth, or when the amalgam is drilled out by your dentist. Dr. Griffin Cole says, “Levels of mercury during removal exceed government safety limits.”

When it is time for amalgam restorations to be removed, there are safety protocols that can reduce your exposure to mercury vapors. One of the most important protocols is that the patient has an external oxygen source to prevent breathing in mercury vapors as they are released during the removal process. Use of a latex-free rubber dam helps keep particulate from entering the mouth. Rinsing and swallowing a slurry of charcoal or chlorella (algae) before the procedure and rinsing again after the procedure helps absorb mercury and decreases inadvertent exposure. Having a high-volume filtration system and a negative-ion generator to remove mercury vapor from the work space keeps patients and the dental team safe from exposure. These are a few examples of safer dental amalgam removal procedures. For complete lists of protocols, visit the
IAOMT and Huggins Applied Healing websites.

Great care is taken when a mercury-safe dentist removes dental amalgam from your teeth, and great care also has to be taken when deciding what to put back in its place. Many composite (tooth colored fillings) are made with a chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is a chemical commonly used in making plastics and resins. BPA doesn’t take the heat well either. When it is heated, BPA may release estrogen-mimicking compounds and contribute to other illness and disease. There are materials available that are chemically “safer;” however, the bottom-line is that everything in dentistry is potentially toxic. What may be less reactive for one individual, can be highly reactive for another. To ensure the new materials will not cause another type of toxic body burden, comprehensive dental material sensitivity testing is recommended. If you’re feeling the heat from dental amalgam and BPA, don’t take it sitting down. Lie down in the chair of a mercury-safe dentist. Be safe and enjoy the lake this summer!

Carla Yamashiro practices holistic dentistry at Ecologic Dentistry, the natural choice. Ecologic Dentistry is located at 8412 Myers Rd. E Ste 301 in Bonney Lake, WA. New patients welcome, current patients loved. To reserve your appointment, please call 253.863.7005. To learn more visit ecologicdentistry.com.

By Kaephas Kain 01 Sep, 2017
by Karen Masterson Koch, CN, President of Aloe Life

Ever wondered why kids and adults seem to get sick right before school or just back from vacation? Besides the extra activities, eating fast food and sugary treats leaves them vulnerable to a drop in immunity. Excessive refined sugar (7 teaspoons in two cans of soda) has been linked to a drop in immunity in just 30 minutes.

Immunity is built by healthy foods, which provide the essential core nutrients to energize, build and protect the body from attack. Digestive and immune systems are not fully developed in infants and young children, and are weak in seniors and individuals living with illness or stress. Vaccinations do not strengthen the immune system and may actually weaken it.

Cancer and Immunity
• The American Cancer Society (ACS) confirms cancer is a result of a weakened immune system over a prolonged period of time. They also state that healthy lifestyle choices are important in lowering cancer rates and that heredity is not conclusively linked to most cancers.
• Cancer affects approximately one in three adults in the U.S. with a growing number of childhood cancers.
• Over the last 30 years cancer rates have gone up (varying by state) from 20 – 30%, with the top five cancers being skin, lung, breast, prostate, and colon. Statistically, the digestive system has the highest rate of cancer.

Auto-immunity is the term for an over-active immune system. Over 80 different autoimmune diseases plague society today, causing inflammation, damage, malnutrition, and diabetes. According to new studies, the central nervous system is also affected by autoimmune disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.

Environmental Factors Reducing Immunity:
• Poor diet
• Poor digestion and elimination
• Stressful, sedentary lifestyles and addictions
• Chemical and drug toxicity
• Pollution and poor hygiene

Aloe Vera for Immunity Balance
What truly keeps the body healthy and balanced is surprisingly simple and includes using a few supplements and herbal short-cuts. Aloe vera contains over 100 active constituents including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and special phytonutrients. Scientists have isolated four constituents in particular from aloe that heighten and balance immunity support: polysaccharides, saponins, sterols, and sterolins.
• Polysaccharides are long chain carbohydrates that stimulate the macrophages (a type of white blood cell) to engulf invaders.
• Saponins provide antiseptic support within body fluids.
• Sterols and sterolins are fats that balance the immune functionalities of white blood cells.

Although hundreds of aloe vera products are on the market, success requires a product that contains polysaccharide counts in the middle range of 80,000– 400,000 Dalton units* and actives of at least 4–5%. Whole leaf aloe vera concentrate products are the only ones that measure up. In his book, Aloe Vera – A Scientific Approach, Robert Davis, PhD, underlines how critical the processing of the aloe is in preserving the valuable polysaccharide action. He describes its role as the orchestra leader for immunity.

Revving Up Immunity Takes at Least 45 days!
Being sick is no fun and missing work is expensive. Get started now by making healthier choices and upping your intake of quality proteins, vegetables and fruits, and adding some regular exercise. Top it off with key supplements (as tolerated) of Vitamin A (fish oil or algae), C (500 – 1500 mg) and E (400 iu) and aloe vera (2 – 4 oz). Drinking a quality aloe vera juice or taking a tablet before meals is best for optimizing digestion and overall wellness. Remember, good health is not only for winter, but every day of the year!

Karen Masterson Koch is a certified nutritionist and the President of Aloe Life. She is also a health researcher, educator, and the author of Beyond Gluten Intolerance. For more information visit aloelife.com. Additional research available from the author upon request.

* Dalton is the standard unit indicating mass on an atomic or molecular scale

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By Kaephas Kain 01 Sep, 2017
by Kirsten Helle, founder of Mesa de Vida

This incredibly delicious slow cooker chili is a nutrition powerhouse. If you’re looking for a healthy and simple chili recipe, this is it! It’s easy to assemble in the slow cooker, and if you pick up frozen, cubed sweet potatoes (a freezer staplein my house), the prep process is even quicker.

This recipe is vegan (as well as gluten and dairy free), but feel free to play around with it however you like. Toss in some cubed beef stew meat (which always gets better in a long, slow cooking process), diced chicken, switch up the beans, swap the sweet potatoes out for butternut squash, etc.

One thing I do highly recommend: top the chili with crushed baked tortilla chips and a squeeze of fresh lime. Add some crumbly Mexican cheese or shredded cheddar too if you like!

As with all chili, the leftovers are even better, so feel free to double up on ingredients. If you’re a fan of easy freezer meal prep, this is a great option. Enjoy your healthy slow cooker chili!
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