Archive for May, 2011

By Derek Kirkham

DAY 1:Well I’m here… After a 4 hour delay in vancouver and and a 90 minute delay in Beijing, we finally made it to Chengdu. I don’t have much to say about the city yet except for the horrible air quality. It feels like walking through a cloud of smoke and it smells like charcoal. I’m glad I brought a whole bunch of herbs for my sad and soon to be congested herbs.  Pic of my hotel room to the right.

DAY 2:

Sichuan spice is the phrase of the day. My goal of not eating spicy food due to some stomach issues lasted about 20 minutes. I was walking down a busy street in Chengdu today and all of a sudden I started coughing and sneezing. I realized there was a “hot pot” restaurant across the street that had their windows open. Basically, a hot pot is a caldron of boiling hot, spicy (take your breath away) liquid filled with meat and vegetables. At that moment I truly realized that I was in the capitol of Sichuan province and there would be no way to escape the spice.

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Diabetes is a pervasive illness that affects millions of people around the world. It is a chronic condition, affecting the way that your body processes sugar (glucose), which is your primary energy source. A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes means that your body has become resistant to insulin, the hormone that regulates blood glucose levels; whereas, type 1 diabetes means that you are insulin dependent and need regular injections.
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes include increased hunger and thirst, frequent urination, rapid weight loss, blurred vision, fatigue, irritability, areas of darkened skin, slow healing sores, and lingering infections. If it is left untreated, type 2 diabetes can quickly become a life threatening condition. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is essential that you immediately seek medical attention.
Type 2 diabetes is typically associated with a family history of diabetes, prediabetes or gestational diabetes developed during pregnancy, race or ethnicity, physical inactivity, stress and inflammation, age, and obesity. It is also important to eliminate those harmful health behaviors that may have contributed to this condition, such as smoking, overeating, and/or the excessive consumption of alcohol.
Some of the more severe complications caused by type 2 diabetes can include heart disease and blood vessel disease, which can lead to heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and a narrowing of the arteries. In fact, studies show that the risk of a type 2 diabetic having a stroke within their first five years following diagnosis more than doubles and 3 of every 4 of them will die of a heart or blood vessel disease.
Nerve damage can also result from type 2 diabetes and cause numbness, tingling, burning or pain, eventually resulting in a loss of feeling in the affected limb, eventually resulting in amputation. This damage can also lead to severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. Among men, erectile dysfunction can also become a major issue. Kidney failure requiring dialysis or even a transplant may occur and type 2 diabetes is one of the leading causes of severe eye problems, including blindness.
Type 2 diabetes may increase your susceptibility to fungal or bacterial skin infections, in addition to gum disease among those with poor dental hygiene. Hearing problems may also develop, along with a reduction in bone mineral density leading to osteoporosis. Due to its relationship with the development of cardiovascular problems, type 2 diabetes can also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.
Although there is presently no cure available, type 2 diabetes is manageable through changes in your diet and maintaining a healthy weight. It will require a lifetime commitment to improving your health and may involve regular blood sugar monitoring, healthier eating (fresh fruits, raw vegetables, and whole grains), regular exercise, and the potential use of medication.
It is also important to know that only a competent, qualified physician or nurse practitioner can assess and diagnose you with diabetes. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you make an appointment with your doctor right away. Please know that the team healthcare professionals here at the Glow Natural Health Center genuinely care about your safety, health, and well-being. If you or someone you know may be concerned about your health, give us a call today and discover how we can help you to improve your health and ultimately, your life…

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By Dr. Rachel Erickson ND

So. You can’t lose weight. Maybe you think you can’t lose weight because you just need to control your eating habits better, cut back on the heavy calories in the beer or wine, eat less sugar, or just stop that midnight snacking and weekend binge eating/drinking. Maybe you think if you just got some exercise, or more exercise, everything would be better. Or maybe you’re one of those really frustrated types who exercises like crazy (P90x crazy people), eats pretty well and can’t shed a pound and can’t figure it out.

Good news folks! You are probably dealing with some really high levels of stress! Yes there’s other reasons why you might not be shedding a pound, and we could certainly talk about that whenever you want, but for now I’m focusing on stress related causes for not losing weight, since I see it a lot, and it manifests in a lot of different ways, and no quick fix diet plan is going to solve your dilemma.

To all you postpartum women, men and women on decade 2 or 3 of high-stress jobs, or those of you suffering from the chronic stress of a tough partnership, parenthood or caretaking position of a loved one. This one is for you. You all have one thing in common. You are Stressed out, and probably not managing it very well.

How do people look when they are stressed and not managing it? They are eating too much, not exercising regularly enough, gaining weight around the middle, not sleeping well, emotionally volatile or turned off, drinking coffee in the morning and alcohol in the night, depressed, angry, unmotivated to make changed in their life for the better, just trying to hang on for dear life. Sound familiar? Maybe you are 5 of the 10 listed above. No matter, this affects you too.

So here’s your take home message: You can’t do it alone! You didn’t learn how to read by yourself, or ride a bike, or communicate, you had coaches all along the way. And if you’re really smart, you still have coaches, fitness trainers, business coach if you’re a lucky entrepreneur, counselors, mentors at work, pastors and priests at church, maybe even a dietitian or an acupuncturist, maybe even me. Point being. You’re getting older, things are shifting, you’re aging, stress has been sleeping in your bed for 7, 15, 23 years now and you think you can figure out how to manage it. You might even think that you can manage it, you know what to do, you’re just not doing it. Tricky tricky. Well I’m here to tell you another perspective.

You’ve never been here before, so how would you know how to get back? I mean, your stress levels have creeped up, you’ve managed them the best way you know how, and look where it’s gotten you? Read 2 paragraphs above! So clearly you don’t know how to manage your stress and weight by yourself. You need a stress manager, or 2.

Here are some easy things to remember:

  1. weight loss is very difficult when stressed
  2. relaxation techniques, meditation, prayer, breathing exercises reduce the levels of stress hormones in your body
  3. adrenal support is essential to modulate stress hormone production, talk to your naturopath or come see me
  4. acupuncture, massage, hot tubs, scrubs at the spa, saunas, craniosacral therapy or any other hands on therapies reduce stress levels
  5. stopping the addictive cycles of temporary stress reduction like alcohol, tobacco, watching tv instead of sleeping or exercising, eating when you’re not hungry.
  6. stopping the addictive cycles of uppers that keep you going and increase your stress hormones, coffee, red bull, sugar, monsters, etc.

But here’s the catch, you can’t just STOP doing the bad things, that doesn’t work, or you would have done it by now. So ADD in the good things, TAPER out the bad things, be GENTLE with yourself, and get a coach to lead you through this process. It’s not easy, but by reducing your stress, stress triggers and stress inducers you can start the gradual process of p

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