What is the most important factor in human happiness?

 

I know I am a homeopath, nutritionist, and writer in the health arena, so why am I talking about human happiness? Well, it surely is profoundly important to human health, don’t you think?

Philosophers have pondered what creates human happiness for thousands of years, with various speculative theories. We know it isn’t money. We know it isn’t career, job, possessions,  power. In fact it is simple. It is relationships. It is LOVE.

But if you want evidence, check out this Harvard study: Harvard Study of Adult Development.  In a terrific TED talk, psychiatrist Robert Waldinger presents the findings of this 75 year Harvard study. “The surprising finding is that our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships has a powerful influence on our health,” said Robert Waldinger, director of the study, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “Taking care of your body is important, but tending to your relationships is a form of self-care too. That, I think, is the revelation.”

Here is an article with all the details: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/04/over-nearly-80-years-harvard-study-has-been-showing-how-to-live-a-healthy-and-happy-life/

Here is the TED talk: http://thepowerofideas.ideapod.com/75-year-harvard-study-revealed-one-important-factor-human-happiness/?utm_content=buffer3a59a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Prolozone: Almost magical pain relief

OK, this getting older thing is not for the faint of heart…

Arthritis pain getting you down? You live on Ibuprofen or prescription NSAIDS, you use topical cold gels, heating pads, and try to live with it.   You are looking at a  replacement, a hip replacement, or dangerous spinal surgery. The whole thing makes you wonder, “how did this happen to me? I have eaten right, kept my weight down, exercised…” And yet now you have arthritis and it is destroying your joy in life.

I am writing an e-book on Prolozone because I see it as the strongest possible relief and potential cure from arthritis I have ever come across.  Yes, exercise can help. Physical therapy helps some people. Anti-inflammatory nutrients such as Omega 3 oils, turmeric, boswellia, Krill, proteolytic enzymes… these all help.  Homeopathy helps.  Acupuncture helps. So you spend so much of your painful life downing pills, driving to acupuncture or chiropractic treatments, or to orthopedic docs or pain management specialists.

“Prolozone is a technique that combines the principles of neural therapy, Prolotherapy, and ozone therapy. It involves injecting combinations of procaine, anti-inflammatory medications, homeopathics, vitamins, minerals, proliferatives, and ozone/oxygen gas into degenerated or injured joints, and into areas of pain.”    From The Journal of Prolotherapy.  

Let me assure you here and now that I have NO HORSE IN THE RACE. I do not do the procedure, and I get nothing whatsoever from telling you about prolozone, except for the pennies I might make when I publish a short e-book on the subject.  But I want to get the word out there, sooner rather than later.

I am a nutritionist and homeopath, and have spent my life pursuing good health, both for myself and my clients over my twenty-five years of practicing. But I discovered a few months ago, that I have degenerative arthritis in L3 and L4, which means lower back pain. Excruciating. Started with some yard work and never got better. How did this happen? Well, I don’t know, but fortunately I know a great deal about alternative approaches in medicine, and this includes pain relief.

After gaining the diagnostics I needed, which meant running the gamut of s-rays, MRIs, docs’ suggestions of prescription drugs and physical therapy, I booked an appointment for prolozone. When I first used prolozone for a nerve injury in my neck, it took four visits, about three weeks apart, and the pain went from 11 out of 10 to a .5 or occasionally 1 out of ten.  That was two years ago.

So I knew what to expect for the spinal arthritis. First, my naturopath injects Traumeel (homeopathic analgesics) and procaine into the trigger point pain areas either side of the spine near Lumbar 3 and 4. Then, when that has numbed the pain (ah relief!), he injects ozone into the same spot.  Four injections. Takes twenty minutes. Costs $150.00, not covered by my insurance.  (But this total is less than my co-pay would be for ablation, which is a nerve-burning process… not healing, destroying.)

For about 24 hours it is a bit worse, due to the inflammatory action of the ozone.  Then a few hours after that it really starts to feel better. One treatment gives about 20-25% improvement. The next treatment gives 20-25%% more.

How? In a nutshell, as we get older our circulation decreases, and we experience a corresponding reduction in oxygen utilization. With a trauma or arthritis, some of us experience a nasty cycle of pain that makes our lives miserable. This trauma or arthritis causes swelling and inflammation which leads to even less oxygen utilization in that area. This in turn causes an increase in lactic acid production, free radical damage, and even necrosis.

So, you see, since the inflammation itself decreases circulation, it is a vicious circle. Oxygen and necessary nutrients can’t get to the area to heal it; all the natural mechanisms of healing do not occur because there is reduced oxygen in the area. Then there is more free radical damage,  and on an on it progresses. More and more pain and even more degeneration.

Prolozone is about breaking that cycle.

Furthermore, besides the pain relief, there is some evidence, according to practitioners’ reports, that x-rays are showing increased cartilage in the facet joints that are damaged by arthritis.

“… chronic areas of degeneration such as in osteoarthritic knees, hips, and ankles will regenerate. Although more research is needed to fully document this effect, some physicians have already taken pre and post treatment x-rays that have shown an increase in cartilage thickness in knees treated with Prolozone. And fortunately, other than a rarely occurring and temporary increase in pain in the area injected, no significant side effects from Prolozone have ever been demonstrated. Other than the possibility of an allergy to one of the liquid components, there are no contraindications to its use.  From The Journal of Prolotherapy.  

So, could prolozone really reverse some of the effects of arthritis?  We don’t yet know.  All I know is I will keep going. There is no down side. As long as I take antioxidants (Vitamin A, C, E, etc.) to mop of the free radicals that occur because of the ozone, I will be fine!  And I take 6 grams of buffered or Ester C every day anyway…

I will keep you posted.

It is not just for arthritis pain. According to Dr. Frank Shallenberger, the developer of Prolozone:

Conditions responsive to Prolozone:
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Chronic back pain
• Chronic neck pain
• Degenerated discs
• Degenerative & arthritic ankles
• Degenerative & arthritic hips
• Degenerative & arthritic knees
• Dental infections
• Heel spurs
• Neuromas
• Non-union fractures
• Painful scars
• Pelvic disorders
• Plantar fasciitis
• Post-op pain
• Rotator cuff injuries
• Sciatica
• Sinus infections
• Sports injuries
• Tennis elbow
• TMJ

Now I will get back to work on the ebook, to include research, history, suggestions and tips, where to find it, etc!

In the meantime, for more info:

  1. http://journalofprolotherapy.com/prolozone-regenerating-joints-and-eliminating-pain/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312702/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5713831/
  4. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1319562X16000498
  5. FOR RESIDENTS OF SOUTHERN CA: https://www.holtorfmed.com/prolozone-therapy/
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You CAN recover from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/M.E.!

Even if you (or someone you know) have been suffering for years with CFS/M.E., there is a way to get better. I was fortunate to be able to help many people, in all my years of practicing, and now I find that those reading my book are finding their way back to good health as well. It is fabulous!

I am so thrilled. I received a wonderful review today from someone who carefully followed the recommendations in my book: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a guide to the homeopathic treatment of CFS/M.E. She has been struggling with CFS for years, and it has been especially bad over the last two years. She followed my protocol and a month later is feeling remarkably better. Even though I am now retired from practice, this just warms my heart more than I can say.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a guide to the homeopathic treatment of CFS/M.E. 

5.0 out of 5 stars If you have chronic fatigue or chronic Epstein-Barr virus, do yourself a favor and read this book.

By Madame Michelle on November 1, 2017    Format: Kindle Edition

Not only does Diane Solomon write with clarity but she is also a gifted homeopath. From my decades of experience with homeopathy as a lay homeopath and having consulted many well-trained homeopaths, I have learned that in order to be a good prescriber one needs to be able to understand the unique characteristics of each remedy. Homeopathy is a blend of art and science. Having had chronic Epstein-Barr Virus for many years and having had it raise it’s ugly head more than a year ago causing immense fatigue, fevers, weakness, cascading chills, fainting spells, weight loss, etc. etc. I am finally seeing the light at the end of tunnel. After following Diane’s protocol, I’ve made great strides and am keeping my fingers crossed that after many misdiagnoses and failed attempts by both Western and Eastern healthcare providers, that I now am on the road to good health.

 

I am touched by her words and glad I could help. That is why I wrote the book!

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What NOT To Do If You Have A Cold or Flu (and What TO Do)

Oh boy, here we go, cold season.  There is a great deal you can do, and NOT do, to avoid or treat colds, so you don’t lose much time to the silly viruses that plague us. 

The don’ts with regard to colds and flu:

Don’t Tough it Out

Don’t go to work – no one wants your germs. We always think we need to “work right through” and “tough it out.”  I strongly suggest you don’t! You will be better faster for resting for a few days and besides, your colleagues and friends will appreciate it!

So take a few days off; don’t ignore the feelings that you are getting a cold. Rest. Let your body fight the illness, and take all the things you can to help your body: plenty of rest, drink fluids, take Vitamin C, stay warm, take herbs and nutrients that help your immunity. (See the bottom of this blog for things to help!)

If you MUST be at work, keep your distance from everyone, cover your mouth if you sneeze, and be sure to wash your hands. Public health agencies recommend proper hand hygiene as one of the best defenses against the spread of viruses and bacteria.

Don’t Smoke!

If you smoke, you may more easily succumb to the viruses that cause colds and flu. This is probably because your lung tissue has been damaged or at least compromised by inhaling nicotine and tobacco. If you have a cold or flu, stop smoking until you are completely better. And why not use that to try to stop smoking entirely!

Don’t  Forget To Drink Lots of Liquids!

It is not an “old wives’ tale” about drinking fluids when you have a cold. And even if it were, that might be a good thing – I suspect “old wives” know rather a lot!  So drink plenty or chicken broth, water, tea, and fruit juice.

Don’t  Drink Alcohol

Alcohol is a definite no-no when you are getting a cold. It tends to lower immune response, and also dehydrates you.  Yowig down something to make you care less, but it won’t make you feel any better, and will slow down your recovery! The opposite of what you want!

Don’t Fight Sleep

You need more sleep than usual to fight off a virus and all its accompanying inflammation symptoms. You probably feel very tired, so give in gracefully, check out, and sleep!

Don’t Allow Stress

If you endure constant levels of stress, you are more prone to getting a cold or the flu. So if you feel yourself coming down with something, try to eliminate stress.

Don’t Take Too Many Cold Medications, or Mix Them

If you absolutely have to take something to help with your cold, I get it. But decongestants can actually make things worse and inflame your nasal cavities.  And beware of mixing over-the-counter drugs, as well.  Ask your pharmacist for advice. There are so many natural herbal and nutritional supplements that work better. And they are safer! (Scroll down for tips)

Don’t  Take Antibiotics (unless prescribed for a secondary bacterial infection)

The virus that causes the common cold does not respond to antibiotics. Period. And there is evidence that taking antibiotics reduces your immun response, and you want your immunity cracking along at its best! So don’t ask your doc for antibiotics.  Instead, try the protocol below that has been serving me, my family, and my clients for many years!

The “do’s”: here are great ways to avoid or treat a cold:

VITAMIN C: Take 2 grams of Ester C, Liposomal Vitamin C, or Calcium Ascorbate (2000 mg, or 4 x 500 mg capsules) straight away.  Buffered C (Calcium Ascorbate or Ester C is easier on the gut. Then take 500 mg every hour for the first day, then taper off over three days. But be persistent; you may think you’ve killed the virus, but you may have just subdued it and it will show it’s ugly face again! The Vitamin C supports the immune system to keep the invader out. If you get gassy or get abdominal cramps or diarrhea, take a little less. If you still have symptoms, take a little more. As we get older, it takes more and more C to do the job.

** I take a minimum of 6 grams (12 x 500mg capsules) a day in the summer, 8 grams in the winter, and then much more if I feel the slightest sore throat. You have to ACT FAST. I carry it everywhere… handbags, glove compartment, coat pockets… 🙂

VITAMIN D: 10,000 units per day for three days, then 5,000 per day for two more weeks.

VITAMIN A as Beta Carotene: 25,000 ius; take two immediately on onset of symptoms, then 2 a day for a week. There is no downside; Beta Carotene is water-soluble.

ZINC LOZENGES: Slowly suck a Zinc lozenge, once every two hours for the first day, then three a day till cold symptoms and sore throat are gone

OSCILLOCOCCINUM: If you think it’s flu (body aches as well) take a dose of homeopathic Oscillococcinum every hour, 3 times. Available at health food stores & Amazon. Directions say take entire tube – not necessary. A third of the tube is fine as one dose.

NETI POT with warm salt water plus Olbas oil or a little Tiger’s Balm.  Flush out sinus passages and prevent viral spread and replication. Dramatically more effective than antibiotics for sinus infections.


Other good ideas: how to avoid or treat a cold

Echinacea/Goldenseal extract; Take two droppers-full (Zand Insure Herbal or Nature’s Way Echinacea/Goldenseal tincture.) Tincture is better than capsules as you want the herbs to coat the throat- don’t rinse them away! Once every three or four hours the first day, then twice a day for three more days.

Eat lots of garlic and onions; i.e. onion soup with a clove of garlic in it. Onion soup is marvelous for expectoration – clears out the mucus.

Drink lots of liquids, preferably mineral water with lemon. NOT ALCOHOL, as it lowers the immune system.

Good luck avoiding or getting over that cold this fall and winter!

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Dana Ullman’s new article on homeopathy

Dana Ullman, long one of the leading thinkers, writers, and practitioners in the homeopathic field, has published this excellent article. Enjoy!

Compelling Facts, Figures, and Scientific Studies about Homeopathic Medicine (aka “the original nanomedicine”)

Article Posted on: Thursday, November 9th 2017 at 4:30 pm
Written By: Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH
This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2017

Here is an excerpt:

“95% of French pediatricians (& others) prescribe homeopathic medicines”

“According to a survey derived from the French government’s record of the prescribing habits of French physicians, 95% of French pediatricians, dermatologists, and general practitioners use homeopathic medicines! Further, 43% of ALL health and medical professionals in France prescribe homeopathic medicines for their patients. In approximately half of the instances in which a homeopathic medicine was prescribed, a conventional drug was also prescribed. This statistic therefore means that approximately half of the times a homeopathic medicine was prescribed, the health and medical professional believed that homeopathic treatment didn’t need a conventional drug.

“The World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed France to have the BEST health care in the world, and obviously, the consistent and persistent use of homeopathic medicines by medical professionals and by the general public help contribute to the health of the population of France.” …. READ MORE:

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/compelling-facts-figures-and-scientific-studies-about-homeopathic-medicine-aka-or

© Nov 9 2017, GreenMedInfo LLC. This work is reproduced and distributed with the permission of GreenMedInfo LLC.

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Earthing makes you feel great!

OK, I have discovered something in the health department that was relatively new to me. Earthing.  You know how great you feel barefoot out on the grass or in the sand at the beach? Perhaps humans are not designed to be separated from the earth by heavy rubber soles of tennis shoes, etc. But you can’t go barefoot all the time, and where I live in the northeast of the US, it is downright impossible!

For the last several weeks I have used earthing pads at least 8 hours a day to ground me to the earth. These are electrically conductive pads that I touch with my bare skin, be it feet, legs in bed, or forearms beside the computer. The pad is connected to JUST the ground wire in the electrical socket in the wall. So there is no electricity running through my body, just the electrical frequency of the earth below the house. Sounds woo-hoo? That’s what I thought, until I realized, a few days into using these pads, that I felt lighter, happier, more energetic. I am sleeping better, and feel more relaxed.

Mark has starting trying it, as well,  and although he usually sleeps well, he has noticed a change. He does not even move, all night! Remember when we slept like that as kids?

Intrigued? Check out this article by Dr. Mercola:

There’s something inherently rewarding about the feeling of your skin in direct contact with the Earth, your bare hands in the soil working your garden, for instance.

This rewarding feeling isn’t happenstance; it’s the result of electrically conductive contact of your body with the surface of the Earth,  a phenomenon known as grounding or earthing.

When you put your bare feet on the ground, you absorb large amounts of negative electrons through the soles of your feet. The effect is sufficient to maintain your body at the same negatively charged electrical potential as the Earth.

 

AND THIS FROM https://www.earthing.com/earthing-basics/#a1

Q: Can I wear any type of footwear and still be earthed?

A: No. Standard plastic/rubber or composite soles do not conduct the Earth’s electric energy. Most shoes today are made from those materials. You need leather or hide soles, which used to be the primary footwear materials in the past. Leather itself isn’t conductive, but the foot perspires and the moisture permits conduction of the energy from the Earth through the leather and up into the body. In addition, moisture from walking on damp ground or sidewalks could permeate up into the leather soled shoe. Thickness of the sole can also be a factor, and specifically that a very thick leather sole may not allow the moisture through. Moccasins are the best type of natural conductive footwear. Leather isn’t quite as good as bare feet on the ground but certainly much, much better than standard soles that are insulating. Hopefully soon shoe companies will begin making grounded shoes.

 

More info links:

The pads:

** Two mats with leads and plugs:      These are available at Amazon, and do not carry any danger of wiring to the wrong wire in the wall, as the plug is ONLY connecting you to the ground wire.   https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06ZYY9319/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

More info:  http://www.barefoothealing.com.au/v/what-is-earthing/22

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Insomnia: Early humans did not sleep as we do… or try to!

Insomnia: the whole sleeping or NOT sleeping issue…

The whole sleeping or NOT sleeping issue. So many people, especially post-menopausal women, brought me this problem, begging for help. I am writing a hefty chapter of my new book on insomnia. Stay tuned.

In the meantime:

~ take GABA precursors such as passion flower and valerian, or try GABA itself (works for some people, not all.)

~ Stop all caffeine including tea after 5 pm

~ Take Magnesium threonate or glycinate in the evenings

~ Try chamomile, l-theanine, 5HTP and melatonin.  (Careful with melatonin, only 3mgs, not more)

~Try a homeopathic combination remedy such as Calms Forte

~If you are a postmenopausal woman, remember that reduced levels of estrogen also reduces your ability to sleep. Try Black Cohosh, Damiana Red Clover Blossom, Evening Primrose. (Check out Promensil)

~ Try sleep-inducing lights such as Goodnight Lightbulb from Amazon

~ And put your ipads, laptops and phones away at least an hour before bed.

Avoid sleep meds if you can and and allow for the fact that 4 hours of sleep, then a waking period, then four more hours, was how human beings used to sleep. Interesting!

Check out this article for more info: Waking Up in the Middle of the Night

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