Inspiration for Living Forward in 2018

In the spirit of living well in 2018… I have put together a few of my favorite health notes from this year. I hope they inspire you as much as they have me. 

Gratitude is Good Medicine

“Clinical trials indicate that the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life,” said Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis. “It can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep.”

“One recent study from the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine found that people who were more grateful actually had better heart health, specifically less inflammation and healthier heart rhythms." ”They showed a better well-being, a less depressed mood, less fatigue and they slept better,” said the study’s author, Paul J. Mills.”

Forgiveness Improves Tension, Heart and Immune Health

One of my favorite natural health physicians Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, MD “Suffering and pain are an unfortunate part of life”. Going on to elaborate she notes… “When we feel betrayed or slighted by the actions of another, we often hold grudges that lead to the burn of anger. Scientific research has shown over and over that rumination on angry thoughts leads to physical manifestations of that pain. Bottling up betrayals brings on muscle tension, high blood pressure, and undue stress on our heart, and its proven to lower your immunity and put you at risk for depression. Holding on to past hurts can literally make you sick.” 

Notes and Quotes taken from the Broken Brain conference series hosted by Mark Hyman, MD. 

New research speaks to and supports our ability to take a leading role in brain health.

  • Our gut and brain is relationally and functionally similar. Markers for leaky gut or gut permeability are elevated in depression, Alzheimer’s, autism and even in ALS for example, states Dr. Mark Hyman.
  • Food Allergies or Sensitivities are a leading factor in a compromised gut microbiome. To date, my favorite food sensitivity test continues to be the Leap MRT test that I am certified to work with. See Nutritional Testing page on my website. 
  • Too much sugar and or the absence of healthy foods and oils to balance nutrients leads to “Diabesity” of the brain or also called a “brain on fire” with inflammation.  
  • In the vast majority of cases, brain health can be improved through healthy eating, a healthy lifestyle, good sleep and prayer.
  • I love Dr. Hyman’s empowering phrases in the Broken Brain series… “The food we eat is information and is changing the expression of our DNA. The food we eat changes moment to moment the expression of our DNA. We influence our genes by every bite of food we eat and every thought we think.”  This is inspiring and challenging, here’s to better brains ahead!

Cancer pushes us to dig, search, study... think and live differently.                                                                                                                                              

I was recently reminded of this extraordinarily powerful article. Revealing certain foods, spices and herbs found to kill cancer stem cells, as you will see, is an  important distinction and very good news!                                                                                                                                                Found on - 25 Cancer Stem Cell Killing Foods Smarter Than Chemo & Radiation. Written By: Sayer Ji, Founder.

Bone Health                                                                                                                                          

 "A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones."~Proverbs 17:22

Here’s one bone health pearl that may just inspire you to eat more vitamin C rich foods such as strawberries, guava, black current, kiwi, oranges, papaya, mango, bell peppers, broccoli, peas, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, parsley and kale.                                                                                   The role of healthy vitamin C in bone health is often overlooked. Did you know that stress, injury, illness, birth control pills, taking estrogen during menopause, cortisone and aspirin all contribute to depleting vitamin C. It’s also important to note that during times of stress we benefit from eating more vitamin C rich foods.                                                                                               Important to bone health, vitamin C is needed for collagen production, decreasing oxidative stress in our cells, and lessening opportunity for excessive bone degradation by inhibiting bone absorbing cells. Vitamin C also helps in the growth of bone forming cells.  

Call my office to schedule your appointment to begin strengthening your frame. 


So I talk about sleep a lot. This is because my mission is helping people heal and a good portion of healing takes place while we sleep. 

Nearing the end of your day… 

  • Unplug an hour before you go to sleep. Remove TV, cell phones and laptops from your bedroom. Reading is helpful. 
  • Turn off your household wifi. It’s been shown to interfere with healing and immune system activity during sleeping hours. 
  • Enjoy a cup of warm relaxing tea such as lemon balm, passion flower, camomile, lavender, California poppy taken or valerian. 
  • Practice soothing deep breathing. 
  • Create a clean and clutter-free sleeping environment.
  • As the opportunity arises fit your bed with cozy organic bedding. Your body will thank-you for giving it a clean toxic free sleep environment. 

Thank-you to each and every client for the opportunity to join you on your health journey.

God Bless, Debra