Use These Acupressure Points To Alleviate Holiday Stress And More!

 

This time of year can be exciting and fun, but also stress-inducing. I, myself, am in the middle of recuperating from a bout with something that I’m sure was triggered in part by trying to do too much and not listening to my body when it needed rest. Here are some simple acupressure points from Michael Reed Gach of acupressure.com for relieving stress, tension and  headaches/migraines, as well as for balancing the thyroid. I actually followed the exercises as he was going over them in the video and was amazed at how tight and painful certain points were, and how helpful it was to spend a little time working on them. Give it a try!

 

I have used acupressure for over 40 years and helped thousands relieve muscular tension and stress related disorders. Acupressure points are especially effective for managing stress and dealing with common health problems that get worse under stress.

In this article, you’ll learn three potent acupressure points used in the Stress Relief self-care program for releasing shoulder tension and neck pain – now available in a downloadable version – to counteract your stress wherever you live. It’s my voice guiding you how to relieve stress using acupressure, stretching, and breathing. Here’s more info with illustrations of these three stress relief points.

Chronic Shoulder & Neck Tensions from common stress conditions cause circulation and neuro-muscular problems. I’ve found the following acupressure points extremely effective for relieving stress and urge you to use Stress Relief, which guides in detail to release these three points:

GB 21 is on the top of the shoulders, two finger widths out from the outside base of your neck.

This stress relief acupressure point is where you have the most tension in your trapezius muscles. I find it easiest to use my opposite hand to press this point. First feel for the tension on the top of your shoulders by firmly rubbing to feel for the tightest spot. Then curve your fingers to hook the weight of your arm into this stress relief point.

B 10 is on the back of your neck, just one thumb width down from you skull, and one thumb width out from the center of your spine on your upper neck. This acupressure point is good for hormonal balance, since it benefits the thyroid gland. Use firm, prolonged pressure on B 10. Stress Relief provides step-by-step guidance.

GB 20 is located in the hollows underneath the base of your skull, about 3 to 4 inches apart, depending on the size of your body. This great acupressure point further releases shoulder pain, neck stiffness, and tension headaches.

These acupressure points should be held for 2 to 3 minutes with firm finger pressure several times throughout the day and night. This can release your chronic and acute tensions in the shoulder and neck region of your body..

Source: http://www.acupressure.com/blog/index.php/stress-relief-acupressure-points-for-shoulder-neck-tension/

Also check out:

Stressed? Rub Your Ears!

Acupressure Points For Sinus Congestion, TMJ And More

Spirit Gate 7: Relief For Anxiety And More

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my website Evolution Made Easier (and its To Your Health page) and my blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

David Wolfe On Detox And Dental, Plus FMTV And A Free Thyroid E-book

 

I have 4 free resources to share with you today. First there is a great little podcast with David Wolfe talking about detoxification, the lymph system, phytic acid and some spices to start adding to hot chocolate that we normally wouldn’t think about…..

 

How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Check out this exclusive interview where he reveals:

  • Why our body has twice as much lymph fluid than blood and it’s significance for effective detoxification.
  • The hardest environmental toxins to eliminate from your body (and why they are so tough to get rid of!)
  • The phytic acid myth surrounding nuts and seeds and why this compound is essential for gut health…

And this was fascinating and insightful to listen to about new ways of approaching dental care, including a stem cell protocol David has done. Wow, wish this kind of thing had been available about 20 yrs ago! Too bad people are just now finding out about this way of treating tooth problems….

 

Why Getting a Second Opinion is Essential (especially when it comes to your teeth)!

Don’t miss this exclusive video clip from the Women’s Wellness Conference™ where he shared:

  • The #1 myth in dentistry that scares people into getting unnecessary (and toxic) fillings.
  • How the body can heal itself through multiplying your vital stem cells.
  • Why getting a second opinion is crucial (especially when it comes to your teeth)…

And two more free resources for you; the first is from the folks at FMTV……

Starting today, FMTV is offering the opportunity to view several important health-related documentaries for free. If you know someone who you think would benefit from watching inspirational documentaries, hearing directly from the health experts themselves, and even having their own health questions answered LIVE, then forward them this post and have them join FMTV LIVE FREE!

You may be astounded by the impact that this event could have on you or the life of someone you love. Each film and live call Q&A will only be open for a limited time, so make sure to check the schedule regularly. Over the next 11 days, sit back, take some well-deserved time out for yourself, and discover an incredible world of next level health.

Your body and mind will thank you. 🙂

 

And here’s a free e-book offer from Dr. Nikolas Hedberg……

It has been 4 years since he published The Thyroid Alternative and it is now out-of-print, so he has decided to make it freely available to everyone as an e-Book.

Please share it with anyone you know who is struggling with a thyroid disorder.

Download The Thyroid Alternative here ===>  The Thyroid Alternative

 The new book The Complete Thyroid Health & Diet Guide is an expanded and up to date book about thyroid disorders.  It also includes 150 thyroid-healthy recipes that he has gotten great feedback on.

Also, I just finished listening to today’s interview on Unleash Your Greatness, an event I highlighted in a previous post, and the presentation is by Dave Asprey, who talks about Bulletproof Coffee, brain fuel, fasting and ways to lose weight. Fascinating stuff. If you haven’t signed up for the event yet, you go to my What’s New page and still do so and be able to catch the replay, if you act quickly enough.

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my Evolution Made Easier website’s To Your Health page and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Ayurvedic & Sustainability Events, Thyroid Self-test, Neck Yoga, And More!

 

I have two events and several other free health-related resources to tell you about today, plus a cute video just in time for Halloween :-)…..

 

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From self-care to kitchen tips, yoga and meditation secrets, and herbal tips and tricks,The Ayurveda Summit can wonderfully change your life.

This event will provide you with what you need to:

  • Drastically improve your self-care
  • Get your sleep & bodily rhythms back on track
  • Boost your self-confidence
  • Lower stress & anxiety
  • Navigate your relationships with ease
  • Dramatically slow the aging process
  • Learn proven secrets from Ayurveda you can apply to your life right now
  • Grow your Ayurveda & Yoga business
  • And much more!

When you sign up you’ll also receive access to 5 bonuses, including a 90 min. workshop with Cate Stillman where you’ll learn about your constitution and the fundamentals of Ayurvedic theory.

Another upcoming event is the 12-part docu-series called The Search for Sustainability……

During this series, which broadcasts on-line between November 1st-12th, 49 sustainability experts, permaculture designers, organic farmers, herbal medics, energy and building enthusiasts, systems analysts, green-politicians, and health educators share potentially world-changing information during this series that simply is not available all in one place anywhere else.

Topics will include:

• Taking back control of our food, health, water, and energy supplies
• Implementing simple and no-cost methods for living harmoniously with the land and our surrounding environment
• Learning to grow our own food in a sustainable and regenerative way whether you live in New York, Texas, California, Oregon or any state for that matter
• Collecting and properly using water to build back our water table and end disastrous water droughts
• Utilizing herbal medicines and ancient healing methods to thrive with our health and live longer without prescriptions or medical intervention
• Creating and participating in local co-ops, farmers markets, and food growing networks to thrive in our local communities
• Supporting and opening sustainable schools and values-based systems to support the health and consciousness of our children and the next generation
• Learning to thrive in abundance in Urban, Suburban, and Rural communities by making a few simple changes
• Having a deeper and more meaningful spiritual connection to our food, land, animals, and fellow humanity

All this and more will be shared with you at no cost during this series.

You can find out more and sign up for the Ayurvedic and Sustainability events on my websites’s What’s New page. There’s also information there about several other free events, including one on QiGong happening Oct 29th.

 

Another resource that might be of interest to you as we start to head into the often stress-filled holiday season is this relaxing neck/upper back healing yoga routine with Dasham…..

 

A thyroid self-test you can do at home from Dr. Alan Christianson….

 

A free pdf special report from Dr. Nikolas Hedberg about boosting the immune system and keeping colds and flu at bay. At the end it mentions a protocol I have read about before, but never tried…..using 3% hydrogen peroxide in the ears…..

http://drhedberg.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/BoostYourImmuneSystem1.pdf

 

And in honor of Halloween,  check out these pumpkin-related Self-help Health posts, especially the very popular one on pumpkin seeds:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/pumpkin-recipes-in-celebration-of-halloween/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/fall-recipes-pumpkin-pumpkin-and-more-pumpkin/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/all-things-pumpkin-especially-the-seeds/

 

And to end on, here’s a short little video to give you a smile….a corgi puppy takes on a mini pumpkin. Hard to tell who wins. 🙂

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Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on any future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

Free Food Revolution & Glowing Skin Summits, Medicinal Plants, Cooking Workshop And More!

I have a number of free health resources to share with you today. Hopefully there will be something in the mix that is right up your alley :-)…..

 

When it comes to food and your health, the stakes are rising exponentially. If there’s ever been a time when we need to stay informed and take a stand, it’s right now. That’s why John Robbins has taken it upon himself to host the Food Revolution Summit  and personally interview 24 of the world’s top food leaders and experts, including Paul McCartney, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Vani Hari (Food Babe), Tony Robbins, Michael Pollan, Dr. Neal Barnard, and many more.

When you sign up for this free event, you’ll be joining 100,000+ people in getting informed, inspired, and empowered!

 

And on Saturday, April 11th, you can catch David Crow’s free tele-seminar: How Medicinal Plants Can Fuel Your Spiritual Evolution: Essential Insights that Unify Natural Medicine, Ecology and Spirituality….


This presentation will draw from David’s almost forty years of studying the healing powers of plants in various cultures with many gifted teachers, from the shamanic traditions of the Amazon, to the alchemical mysteries of the Himalayas, and the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. It is a unique offering of knowledge, information and insights you will find deeply enriching as well as practical! 

 

And Magdalena Wszelaki is offering a free on-line cooking class focused on balancing your hormones through nutrition….

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Magdalena Wszelaki is the founder of Hormones Balance, a nutrition coaching practice dedicated to helping women to rebalance their hormones with nutritional and lifestyle changes. She is a certified nutrition coach, speaker, educator and chef with a long history of hormonal challenges which resulted from a highly stressful life in advertising – starting from Graves’ and Hashimoto’s Disease (autoimmune conditions causing thyroid failure) to adrenal fatigue and estrogen dominance. Today she is in full remission, lives a symptoms-free life and teaches woman how to accomplish the same in her various online coaching programs.

What You Will Learn From The Free Workshop

  • How to make delicious breakfasts, snacks and quick meals that support your hormones.
  • Why you are “eating healthy” but still feel tired, sluggish and sick.
  • How the gut, liver and sugar levels control your hormones.
  • How food can reverse weight gain, depression and fatigue.
  • 30 healing foods for your thyroid, adrenals, menopause, weight, hair loss, cellulite, PCOS, hot flashes and more.

You also get some bonuses when you sign up that include hormone-balancing breakfast recipes, snack recipes for hormone detoxification and a video and recipes for nutrient-packed “meals on the go.”

 

Dr. Trevor Cates is hosting the upcoming Glowing Skin Summit with over 25 top experts and a long list of topics that will be covered. There should be at least several presentations of interest to everyone…..

The Glowing Skin Summit is being hosted by naturopathic doctor Trevor Cates April 27th through May 4th and will feature over 25 of the world’s top experts in the fields of wellness, nutrition, hormones, and skin. Sign up for the event and receive 4 bonuses as a thank you gift.

You can find out more about these 4 events and sign up for any or all of them on my What’s New page.

And here’s a blog post from Eat Beautiful that not only helps you identify the types of seafood that are safe to eat and gives you additional resources on the topic, but also includes a printable reference sheet to use:

http://eatbeautiful.net/recipe/resources-for-determining-which-seafood-to-buy/

And the Food As Medicine Summit hosted by Ashevillage that I mentioned in a previous post started a few days ago, but there’s still time to catch a number of presentations, so be sure to check that out.

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my new website Evolution Made Easier and blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine

Free Thyroid/Adrenal Tele-seminar, Transforming Aging Summit, “Dirty Dozen” Infographic, and More

 

I have several free health resources for you today….The first is a tele-seminar from Medical Medium Anthony William that I’ve signed up for that I thought you might be interested in. He will probably have a different take/slant on things than a regular doctor or healthcare practitioner would and that could prove interesting and informative, as least from my point of view. And I like that you’ll be given a link for accessing the replay, if you can’t make the live presentation.

 

 

Secrets behind Adrenal Fatigue & Thyroid Issues - Free Teleseminar with Anthony William

Free Teleseminar:
Healing Adrenal and Thyroid Issues
Wed Feb 25th @ 10am ET

If you register for the event, a link to a recorded copy will be emailed to you.

As many of you may know, my mission here is to help you heal. You and the millions of other people around the world who are suffering with disease and illness, even after decades of failed attempts to get better.

What makes me different is my one of a kind, direct access to Spirit, who tells me exactly what is wrong with you and how you can heal. It’s an extremely powerful and rare gift, one that has the potential to heal you and give you back your health and enjoyment of life.

In an effort to offer more support to more people, I will be doing a free tele-seminar that will cover one of the greatest epidemics affecting people today, often unknowingly: Adrenal Fatigue and Thyroid Issues.

To register or for more info, please click here.

Poorly functional adrenal glands and thyroids are causing endless amounts of pain and burden for people today.

Symptoms can include:

  • Exhaustion
  • Weight gain
  • Poor Digestion
  • Brain Fog
  • Irritability
  • Constipation
  • Hot flashes
  • Dizziness
  • Sleep issues
  • Hair Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Dry skin

And while these symptoms can ruin or cripple your life, it doesn’t have to stay this way. Adrenal fatigue and thyroid issues can be healed. You can get your energy and strength back so you can spend more time doing what you love and enjoying your life with freedom.

In this tele-seminar, you’ll learn:

  • More about my life and how I started to hear Spirit at age four
  • Secrets to what adrenal fatigue really is and how you can start to heal it
  • How to increase your energy, reduce irritability, and improve metabolism
  • Secrets to why your thyroid isn’t working optimally
  • How to detox your thyroid & reduce thyroid nodules
  • Valuable steps to heal your thyroid
  • Answers to some of your health questions

There is no fee for this teleseminar. It is my gift to you to help you heal. I hope you join me for this healing journey. It is my greatest wish to see the world become healthy.

To register or for more info on how to attend or get your free recording, please click here.

 

And here’s an event that should be of interest to almost everyone…

The Shift Network is sponsoring the Transforming Aging Summit, a global teleconference offering a new paradigm of aging — one of vast potential — infused with vitality, purpose, continual growth and service.

Founder and director of The Center for Conscious Eldering, Ron Pevyny, will be hosting this summit in partnership with The Shift Network on March 3 – 5th.

Join some of the world’s top conscious aging experts like Marc Freedman, Gabriele Cousens, Marilyn Schlitz, John Robbins, Jan Hively, and Richard Leider in establishing an empowering and meaningful conversation around the hot topic of aging!

You can sign up for the series on my What’s New page.

 

And I haven’t watched the documentary Bought yet, but I plan to, especially since it’s going to be available to view for free until March 6th. If you are interested in knowing more about vaccines, GMOs and the Big Pharma connection, you may want to check it out. Here’s the “blurb” I received about it…..

Quick question…

…How disturbing would it be, if you legitimately found out your family’s health has been purchased away from you all?  Intentionally, and with malice cover-up?

Well get ready to be very DISTURBED. (And enlightened!)

We’ve all heard a lot of people talk about concepts like this, or how “Big Pharma” is out to screw us… but, it’s pretty eye-opening to see exactly how Monsanto, Merck, and GlaxoSmithKline are actually profiting off human lives!

So all of the (outrageous) evidence has been packaged into a film documentary called BOUGHT (it was titled that because our “personal health decisions” have apparently been “bought” from us, by Wall Street and Big Pharma lobbyists). 

You can sign up to view the film here: http://www.boughtmovie.net/free-viewing

3/1/15: I just finished watching Bought and I hope as many people as possible in the US watch it, especially moms with growing children. The statistics about what’s happening to our health and way of life because of overuse of vaccines, GMOs and more is alarming, and that’s an understatement.

 

And finally, the last tip about free health resources is this great infographic from Juicing with G that FoodRevolution.org shared in a post….

Pesticides have been linked to cancer, developmental disabilities, endocrine disruption, and many other serious problems.

This infographic from Juicing with G gives critical information about which are the most, and the least, pesticide contaminated fruits and vegetables.

Dirty Dozen Infographic

This chart does not address GMOs. So sweet corn shows up as being less contaminated with pesticides, mainly because the husk catches most of them. But if the corn is genetically modified, then it is itself literally registered with the EPA as a pesticide. Watch out for that!

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my new website Evolution Made Easier and blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Yep! More Free Health Resources!

 

Wow, there certainly isn’t a shortage of free on-line health-related series/summits or other resources these days. In fact, I have to admit that when I heard about The Healthy Gut Summit I sort of thought “been there, done that” with some of the other recent series, and felt almost like I was suffering from summit overload (a new health syndrome ? :-)). But then, when I looked over the list of presenters and all the topics being touched on, I was impressed and found a number of presentations I would be interested in hearing, so now I’ve jumped on the bandwagon. Plus, digestive health is key to overall health and well-being, so it’s something we all should be as well-informed as possible about…..

 

HEALTHY GUT SUMMIT

Are you one of 70 million people suffering from digestive diseases in the United States? You might be… and not even know your gut is the cause!

Discover how your digestive health is intimately linked to your immune, endocrine, circulatory and central nervous systems at The Healthy Gut Summit, free and on-line from February 9th -16th.

This event features one-on-one interviews with 32 of the world’s most beloved and respected thought leaders and physicians. As they each share fascinating new insights and research on how gut health impacts our most basic physiological processes–including how we think and behave–a story will unfold showing that a healthy gut is the foundation for physical, mental and emotional well-being.

The Healthy Gut Summit will provide you with all of the information you need to:

  • Understand the rise of chronic disease and the symptoms that signal their presence.
  • Learn how your environment affects your gut microbiome.
  • Receive practical advice about dealing with diet, stress, toxins and parasites.
  • How to speak with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment!

With over 32 expert presenters sharing their wealth of knowledge, this invaluable (and free!) resource is intended for men and women everywhere. Some of the topics will be Parasites & Toxicity with Ann Louise Gittleman, Intestinal Detoxification with Dr. Edward Group (from Global Healing Center, one of my favorite sources for health supplements), The Liver: The Body’s Filtration System with Chris Meletis, Food Intolerances and Weight Loss with JJ Virgin, and Nutritional Superstars: Fermented Foods with Summer Bock, and one on biofilms, which I just started hearing about recently and am very interested in learning more.

You can find out more and sign up on my What’s New page.

 

And this resource is a little different than most of the others I’ve shared with you, but wanted you to know about it….

 

MIND MOVIES 4.0

Mind Movies, one of my favorite technologies to support conscious creation, is launching their MM4.0 version of the software Creation Kit and you can get 6 free pre-made movies (on health, abundance, relationships, etc.) just for checking things out. I made several movies myself using a previous version and love how they work to feed your subconscious and get it aligned with your heart’s desires. I highly recommend seeing what all the hub-bub is about! You can watch the MM I made on health and well-being a few years ago using an older version of the technology through the link below to give you an idea of what you could create. I actually like mine much better than the one MMs made on health, but I guess that’s natural because I chose the images, thoughts/words, and music that really appeal to me personally when I made it :-):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeAX8v2bnfg&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

Learn more about Mind Movies and how to get your 6 free pre-made movies:

http://evolutionmadeeasier.com/mind-movies.html

 

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my new website Evolution Made Easier and blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Iodine: Part II

In my previous post I featured a fascinating video on iodine by Dr. Ed Group of Global Healing Center and information about RDA and food sources for this very important nutrient. Today’s post focuses on the role iodine plays in health, some of the reasons so many of us are iodine-deficient, the dangers of over-supplementing and drug interactions, and resources for understanding the connection between the thyroid, iodine and radiation…. 

 

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[In the gas phase, iodine shows its violet color]

Iodine and Health

According to NIH, due to its important role in fetal and infant development and thyroid hormone production, iodine is a critical nutrient for proper health at all life stages. The four main areas of bio-medical research examining iodine’s role in health and disease are fetal and infant development, cognitive function during childhood, fibrocystic breast disease, and radiation-induced thyroid cancer.

Fetal and infant development
Iodine sufficiency during pregnancy is extremely important for proper fetal development. During early pregnancy, when fetal thyroid gland development is incomplete, the fetus depends entirely on maternal T4 and therefore, on maternal iodine intake. Production of T4 increases by approximately 50% during pregnancy, requiring a concomitant increase in maternal iodine intake. Sufficient iodine intake after birth is also important for proper physical and neurological growth and maturation.

Cognitive function during childhood
The effects of severe iodine deficiency on neurological development are well documented. Results from several studies suggest, for example, that chronic, moderate-to-severe iodine deficiency, particularly in children, reduces IQ by about 12–13.5 points.

Fibrocystic breast disease
Fibrocystic breast disease is a benign condition characterized by lumpy, painful breasts and palpable fibrosis. It commonly affects women of reproductive age, but it can also occur during menopause, especially in women taking estrogens. Breast tissue has a high concentration of iodine, especially during pregnancy and lactation). Some research suggests that iodine supplementation might be helpful for fibrocystic breast disease, although a specific mechanism of action has not been established and data are limited.

Radiation-induced thyroid cancer
Nuclear accidents can release radioactive iodine into the environment, increasing the risk of thyroid cancer in exposed individuals, especially children. Thyroidal uptake of radioactive iodine is higher in people with iodine deficiency than in people with iodine sufficiency. For this reason, iodine-deficient individuals have a particularly high risk of developing radiation-induced thyroid cancer when exposed to radioactive iodine.

For more information go to: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iodine-HealthProfessional/

Indications of an iodine deficiency:

    • Weight gain
    • Dry skin
    • Low energy/fatigue
    • Inability to maintain a healthy weight
    • Cold hands and/or feet
    • Hair loss
    • Brain fog
    • Poor sleep pattern
    • Tingling in hands and feet
    • Depression
    • Muscle aches
    • Swelling in ankles

Iodine is absolutely essential to the body and overall health, especially for creating the thyroid hormone. But as we grow older our thyroid starts to slow down and can’t metabolize the iodine it needs as efficiently, which means a decrease in the hormone produced. The two main reasons, other than aging, so many of us are iodine-deficient are:

  • Inadequate dietary intake – Iodine is not abundant in the food we eat; it is primarily found in seaweed, kelp, certain seafood, and plants grown in iodine-rich soil. But these days soils are naturally deficient, especially the further you go inland.  Iodine’s rarity in many soils, due to initial low abundance as a crust-element, and also leaching of soluble iodide by rainwater, has led to many deficiency problems in land animals and inland human populations. (See previous post on iodine for a chart with various foods listed with their iodine content.)
  • Exposure to toxic substances  – Iodine is easily displaced from the body by toxins called toxic halides  that include fluoride, bromine and chloride

Fluoride is the worst culprit. It’s found in toothpaste and in the water supply, so every time you take a shower, brush your teeth or drink from the tap, the body is exposed to fluoride, leeching out iodine. Basically a toxic by-product of aluminum production, fluoridation was sold as a way to prevent cavities because some areas with natural fluoride in the water also had lower instances of tooth decay, but it has actually been found to do a poor job of preventing cavities.  It is hard to understand how, when scrapped off aluminum refinery smokestacks, the fluoride is considered a hazardous waste, yet when put in bags and dumped into the water supply, it somehow magically transforms itself into something beneficial. Hmmm.

Bromine is an endocrine disruptor that competes for the same receptors for capturing iodine. Essentially, bromine crowds out iodine. How prevalent is bromine? Since it’s used to make bread dough more elastic and easier to handle, every time you bite into store bought bread you are probably taking in some bromine. It is also in:

  • Bakery goods
  • Citrus flavored soft drinks
  • Fabric fire retardants
  • Hair dyes
  • Medicines
  • Pesticides used on strawberries, especially in California
  • Plastics
  • Spaghetti & pasta
  • Toothpaste and mouthwashes, and
  • Your automobile!

So considering the American diet and way of life, it’s easy to see how and why so many of us are iodine-deficient. But having too much/excessive iodine is also a health risk and can happen in certain instances, especially if someone is unknowingly over supplementing….

Health Risks from Excessive Iodine

High intakes of iodine can cause some of the same symptoms as iodine deficiency—including goiter, elevated TSH levels, and hypothyroidism—because excess iodine in susceptible individuals inhibits thyroid hormone synthesis and thereby increases TSH stimulation, which can produce goiter. Iodine-induced hyperthyroidism can also result from high iodine intakes, usually when iodine is administered to treat iodine deficiency. Studies have also shown that excessive iodine intakes cause thyroiditis and thyroid papillary cancer. Cases of acute iodine poisoning are rare and are usually caused by doses of many grams. Acute poisoning symptoms include burning of the mouth, throat, and stomach; fever; abdominal pain; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; weak pulse; and coma.

Responses to excess iodine and the doses required to cause adverse effects vary. Some people, such as those with autoimmune thyroid disease and iodine deficiency, may experience adverse effects with iodine intakes considered safe for the general population, so, as I mentioned in Part I, iodine supplementation is not something to fool around with. Work with a healthcare professional or be sure to have someone test you (or self-test, if you have a method for doing that) to make sure you are using the form of iodine and dosage your body wants and needs.

And you also need to be aware of the possibility of supplementing with iodine and possible medication interactions. Here’s some information from NIH on the subject:

Interactions with Medications

Iodine supplements have the potential to interact with several types of medications. A few examples are provided below. Individuals taking these medications on a regular basis should discuss their iodine intakes with their health care providers.

Anti-thyroid medications
Anti-thyroid medications, such as methimazole (Tapazole®), are used to treat hyperthyroidism. Taking high doses of iodine with anti-thyroid medications can have an additive effect and could cause hypothyroidism.

Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, such as benazepril (Lotensin®), lisinopril (Prinivil® and Zestril®), and fosinopril (Monopril®), are used primarily to treat high blood pressure. Taking potassium iodide with ACE inhibitors can increase the risk of hyperkalemia (elevated blood levels of potassium).

Potassium-sparing diuretics
Taking potassium iodide with potassium-sparing diuretics, such as spironolactone (Aldactone®) and amiloride (Midamor®), can increase the risk of hyperkalemia.

FYI, you can get various forms of iodine at any good health food store, but today is the last day for the sale on Detoxadine®, the supplement I take from GHC, so I would definitely recommend checking that out. Here’s what I wrote about it in my previous post….

It’s actually what prompted me to finally get around to finishing and posting this information on iodine, because I wanted you to be able to take advantage of the sale. A bottle, which is super concentrated and lasts more than several months, is normally $29.95, but until 12/3 is just $19.95, plus shipping is free. Use code ‘Cyber2014’. I just ordered 2 bottles myself. Here’s a little about the product:

Unlike other iodine supplements which source iodine from the ocean, Detoxadine® is created using 300 million year old salt deposits located 7,000 feet below the earth’s surface. The result is an extremely pure and concentrated nascent iodine that is free of additives and toxins and also screened for radiation.

Detoxadine® is nascent iodine in a vegetable glycerin base. Unlike alcohol based formulas, it has an extremely gentle taste and is appropriate for adults and children alike.

Nascent iodine is also the most easily absorbed and utilized form of iodine available.

Why is Detoxadine® better than potassium iodide?

The nascent iodine in Detoxadine® is pure and much easier for your body to absorb and use. In nature, iodine is attached to other elements as a compound, it doesn’t exist pure. In these forms, absorption may only be 20%, making it biologically inefficient. Detoxadine® is different because it provides a bioavailable, non-toxic source of elemental nascent iodine that the body can efficiently use. Detoxadine® rapidly enters the bloodstream and disperses throughout the body.

The GHC website also has lots of testimonials and a 180 day money back guarantee. Also check out the Aqua-Spirit, O2 Zap (no home should be without it!), Oxy-powder and other products while you’re there.

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See this related Self-help Health post about how certain anti-nutrients can block iodine absorption:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/1913/

Robert J. Gilbert, Ph D about radiation fall-out and using potassium iodide:

http://vesica.org/emf-nuclear/articles/32-emf-nuclear-protection/emf-nuclear-protection-articles/72-essential-information-on-potassium-iodide

And after Fukushima I featured a number of iodine-related posts at my Evolution Made Easier blog that contain a lot of information and resources you might find helpful:

http://zirah1.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/radiation-the-thyroid-and-iodine-iodine-iodine/

http://zirah1.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/radiation-the-thyroid-and-iodine-iodine-iodine-part-ii/

http://zirah1.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/radiation-the-thyroid-and-iodine-iodine-iodine-part-iii/

http://zirah1.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/free-transforming-fear-and-other-booklets-a-natural-source-of-iodine-protection-uplifting-video-and-more/

http://zirah1.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/astrology-update-dulse-and-radiation-abraham-and-guy-finley/

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my new website Evolution Made Easier and blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Iodine: Essential Mineral For Detoxification, Radiation Protection, And More

How much do you really know about iodine? A few years ago I realized I didn’t know much beyond the information I grew up with as a child…. that it was something that was added to “fortify” table salt and you could also use it on cuts and scraps. But after the disaster at Fukushima a few years ago, iodine was suddenly a hot commodity and I started doing some research. And, boy, was I impressed with how important this essential mineral is for not only protecting the thyroid from radiation, but also providing immune support, encouraging healthy hormone levels, detoxing fluoride, chlorine and bromine, and much more…..

 

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I always assumed I was getting enough iodine from using Himalayan crystal salt, a natural source of iodine, and taking Emerald Sea, a supplement that contains iodine-rich seaweed. But when the tragic situation with Fukushima brought radiation concerns to the forefront, I wanted to be sure I was getting enough iodine because it is well-known for protecting the thyroid from radiation.

So I did some testing and was surprised to find I was iodine deficient. That’s not so unusual either, because apparently a large part (75% or more) of the population is deficient, too. And even if radiation isn’t a concern, when your body is low in iodine your mucosal barrier (in your nose, mouth, lungs and intestines) suffers. This barrier, or protective layer, is what keeps hostile outside germs away from your sterile insides, and when it’s not functioning properly your body is at risk for potentially serious immune-system-mediated conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Epstein-Barr infection, and systemic candidiasis.

So I started searching for and comparing natural iodine supplements and what tested best, at least for me, was Detoxadine from Global Healing Center. I’ve been using it now for a couple of years and I always get a “yes” when I self-test to see if my body wants/needs it. But I never really understood how important iodine is and why the product happened to be called Detoxadine® until I recently watched a fascinating video put together by Dr. Frank Group, creator of the product and the man behind GHC.

Holy cow! I never knew iodine played such a major role in the detoxification process (thus the name of the product!) and that it increases the excretion of lead and mercury and plays a part in so many other body processes. AND it has so many benefits…..it’s helpful with insulin regulation and diabetes, good for breast and ovary health, promotes healthy hormone levels, improves energy and focus, and has anti-microbial and anti-septic properties. In fact, years ago iodine was the main antibiotic used before other options became available. You can also use it externally on the skin for dealing with cuts and burns, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to its uses and benefits!

This video is an hour long, but well worth the time, at least in my opinion. You’ll definitely have a new understanding and appreciation for iodine and the major role it plays in your health if you do. I had only planned on watching a few minutes of it and then got pulled in by all the useful information and insights it was providing.

 

Want more on iodine?

Here’s information from NIH.org that you may find helpful regarding recommended dietary allowances and food sources of iodine. I think NIH is often conservative with their RDAs, but it gives you some ballpark figures to use. Everyone is different, so I highly recommend relying on a healthcare professional and/or always testing the supplement you plan to take to see if it’s right for you, and then also testing for dosage. Iodine supplementation is not something to fool around with.

Table 1: Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Iodine 
Age Male Female Pregnancy Lactation
Birth to 6 months 110 mcg* 110 mcg*
7–12 months 130 mcg* 130 mcg*
1–3 years 90 mcg 90 mcg
4–8 years 90 mcg 90 mcg
9–13 years 120 mcg 120 mcg
14–18 years 150 mcg 150 mcg 220 mcg 290 mcg
19+ years 150 mcg 150 mcg 220 mcg 290 mcg

* Adequate Intake (AI)

The World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD) recommend a slightly higher iodine intake for pregnant women of 250 mcg per day.

Sources of Iodine

Seaweed (such as kelp, nori, kombu, and wakame) is one of the best food sources of iodine, but it is highly variable in its content (see Table 2). Other good sources include seafood, dairy products (partly due to the use of iodine feed supplements and iodophor sanitizing agents in the dairy industry), grain products, and eggs. Dairy products, especially milk, and grain products are the major contributors of iodine to the American diet. Iodine is also present in human breast milk and infant formulas.

Fruits and vegetables contain iodine, but the amount varies depending on the iodine content of the soil, fertilizer use and irrigation practices. Iodine concentrations in plant foods can range from as little as 10 mcg/kg to 1 mg/kg dry weight. This variability, in turn, affects the iodine content of meat and animal products because it affects the iodine content of foods that the animals consume. The iodine content of different seaweed species also varies greatly. For these reasons, the values in Table 2 are approximate.

Table 2: Selected Food Sources of Iodine 
Food Approximate
Micrograms (mcg)
per serving
Percent *DV
Seaweed, whole or sheet, 1 g 16 to 2,984 11% to 1,989%
Cod, baked, 3 ounces 99 66%
Yogurt, plain, low-fat, 1 cup 75 50%
**Iodized salt, 1.5 g (approx. 1/4 teaspoon) 71 47%
Milk, reduced fat, 1 cup 56 37%
Fish sticks, 3 ounces 54 36%
Bread, white, enriched, 2 slices 45 30%
Fruit cocktail in heavy syrup, canned, 1/2 cup 42 28%
Shrimp, 3 ounces 35 23%
Ice cream, chocolate, 1/2 cup 30 20%
Macaroni, enriched, boiled, 1 cup 27 18%
Egg, 1 large 24 16%
Tuna, canned in oil, drained, 3 ounces 17 11%
Corn, cream style, canned, 1/2 cup 14 9%
Prunes, dried, 5 prunes 13 9%
Cheese, cheddar, 1 ounce 12 8%
Raisin bran cereal, 1 cup 11 7%
Lima beans, mature, boiled, 1/2 cup 8 5%
Apple juice, 1 cup 7 5%
Green peas, frozen, boiled, 1/2 cup 3 2%
Banana, 1 medium 3 2%

*DV = Daily Value. DVs were developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help consumers compare the nutrient contents of products within the context of a total diet. The DV for iodine is 150 mcg for adults and children aged 4 and older. However, the FDA does not require food labels to list iodine content unless a food has been fortified with this nutrient. Foods providing 20% or more of the DV are considered to be high sources of a nutrient.

**I would stay away from commercially iodized/fortified table salt (and any other food that does not come by iodine naturally) and use Himalayan crystal salt or Celtic sea salt, which contain natural iodine.

Source: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iodine-HealthProfessional/

 

FYI, you can get iodine supplements at any number of places on-line, but I would certainly at least check out Detoxadine® at GHC, especially since they’re having a great sale on it through tomorrow (12/3/14). It’s actually what prompted me to finally get around to finishing and posting this information on iodine, because I wanted you to be able to take advantage of the sale. A bottle, which is super concentrated and lasts more than several months, is normally $29.95, but until 12/3 is just $19.95, plus shipping is free. Use code ‘Cyber2014’. I just ordered 2 bottles myself. Here’s a little about the product:

Unlike other iodine supplements which source iodine from the ocean, Detoxadine® is created using 300 million year old salt deposits located 7,000 feet below the earth’s surface. The result is an extremely pure and concentrated nascent iodine that is free of additives and toxins and also screened for radiation.

Detoxadine® is nascent iodine in a vegetable glycerin base. Unlike alcohol based formulas, it has an extremely gentle taste and is appropriate for adults and children alike.

Nascent iodine is also the most easily absorbed and utilized form of iodine available.

Why is Detoxadine® better than potassium iodide?

The nascent iodine in Detoxadine® is pure and much easier for your body to absorb and use. In nature, iodine is attached to other elements as a compound, it doesn’t exist pure. In these forms, absorption may only be 20%, making it biologically inefficient. Detoxadine® is different because it provides a bioavailable, non-toxic source of elemental nascent iodine that the body can efficiently use. Detoxadine® rapidly enters the bloodstream and disperses throughout the body.

The GHC website also has lots of testimonials and a 180 day money back guarantee. Also check out the Aqua-Spirit, O2 Zap (no home should be without it!), Oxy-powder and other products while you’re there.

Read Part II on Iodine, which focuses on some of the things that interfere with iodine absorption, symptoms of deficiency, medication interactions, resources for using iodine against radiation, and more. And see this related Self-help Health post about how certain anti-nutrients can block iodine absorption:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/1913/

Salud!

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine

Free Natural Cures Summit!

 

This sounds like it will be a great free health resource!! Lots of information and 30 experts sharing their wisdom and natural healing protocols on a wide variety of health issues, including autoimmune disease, arthritis, hypothyroidism, leaky gut, and gluten sensitivity. Plus there are several bonuses when you sign up…..

 

 

Reserve Your Seat Here

Learn secret cures to naturally heal your body from 30 unique presentations! The Natural Cures Movement includes natural remedies and treatment protocols for specific conditions like hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. The home remedies and natural cures you will discover could help you begin a path to better health and disease prevention! Plus, it’s FREE and online from October 6-13. 2014.

This event will provide you with all of the healing information you need:

  • From the top doctors, nutritionists, naturopaths and health experts in the world
  • To learn the best natural remedies and treatment protocols
  • To use plant­-based medicine for specific conditions like hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease
  • And so much more!

Take your health to the next level when you join Dr. Josh Axe, founder of one of the top 25 natural health websites in the world, DrAxe.com, and author of The Real Food Diet Cookbook. It’s his mission to to educate millions around the world in order to help them transform their health.

Here are a few of the incredible presenters:

Dr. Joseph Mercola, Take Control of Your Health & Insulin
Dr. Josh Axe, Natural Cures for Leaky Gut
Sayer Ji, 10 Food Medicines That Could Save Your Life
Dr. Tom O’Bryan, Overcoming Gluten Sensitivity
Katie Wellness Mama, The Coconut Oil Cure
Suzy Cohen, RPh, Natural Remedies for Thyroid & Autoimmune Disease
Vani Hari, How to Cure Yourself Despite Food Companies and Your Doctor

Register today and you’ll have access to the following FREE GIFTS:

Watch the first two talks of the summit:

  • Dr. Tom O’Bryan: Secrets to Overcoming Gluten Sensitivity
  • Suzy Cohen, RPh: Top 10 Natural Cures for Diseases you THINK you have

And, download the *Go Naked Cookbook by Dr. Josh Axe and Cynthia Pasquella. This eBook contains 100+ gluten-free recipes that support healing naturally.

You can sign up here.

*PERSONAL NOTE: I signed up the other day for the summit and downloaded the cookbook and have already found a number of recipes I want to try. A great resource to have!

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my new website Evolution Made Easier and blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Free Detox Summit Event!

I’m a little late getting this notice to you, but I just found out about this free event myself. Sounds like it will be a great health resource. Since we are subjected to more and more toxins and pollution on a daily basis, this is an event probably everyone can benefit from. It started yesterday, but you still have part of today to access those presentations, so sign up asap if you don’t want to miss anything….

 

 

 

Weight gain, mood swings, auto-immune issues and digestive disorders are just a few of the signs and symptoms of your body’s natural ability to detoxify being in overwhelm mode. Learn how to help your body deal with the toxins in our foods, air, water, cleaning and beauty products, and just about anything else, by joining 30 of the health industry’s thought leaders sharing their knowledge and secrets on how to detox safely. Presenters come from various fields of medicine, nutrition and personal growth and will offer a well-rounded, credible approach to a number of much-debated health issues. Learn to navigate your way through today’s toxic terrain by recognizing toxins, what to do about them, and how to change your life for the better! Experts will include David Wolfe, JJ Virgin, Sayer Ji and many more, plus there are a number of free gifts you’ll receive upon registration.

Here a just a few of the topics the experts of The Detox Summit will be addressing:

  • The connection between toxicity and chronic disease (diabetes, cancer, obesity)
  • The role of toxicity in autism
  • How hidden toxicities can keep you from shedding belly fat
  • How common household chemicals you use can increase fat storage and short-circuit your brain
  • How to detox in a way that nourishes your thyroid, gut microbiome, and brain

There will also be presentations that focus on metabolic disorders, dental health and more. This is not an event you want to miss! You can sign up here.

Related Self-help Health posts:

Heavy Metal & Chemical Toxicity

Cleansing & Detoxing the Liver & Gall Bladder

Detoxing Clay Baths

Salt Water Flush

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my new website Evolution Made Easier and blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.