Are you Sleep Deprived?

Did you know that as human beings we actually spend on average, one third of our lives in bed? One third! That means that in one single day of 24 hours, we are in bed for 8 hours, the equivalent of an average workday.

In a week, that is a total of 56 hours spent in bed. Over the course of one year, that is 2920 hours, or 121.5 days spent in bed.

Now think of an average 80-­?year life span, over the course of an 80-­?year lifetime that’s 233,600 hours in bed for a total of 26.4 years! So as we reach the end of our lives, when we look back to reflect, we won’t even remember 26.4 years worth of time, because we were asleep.

However, those hours spent asleep will have had a tremendous amount of impact on our hours and days in which we were awake. The quality of our sleep influences our ability to function, to be productive, and to have energy while at work or playing with your children. What do you feel like when you skip a night of sleep? I can tell you personally, it takes me two days to get caught back up! So if I stay awake for 24 hours, I personally suffer for the next 48.

How about those nights where you don’t intend to stay awake, but you can’t shut off your mind and you end up tossing and turning and staring at the ceiling as the minutes on your clock keep turning. Even though you intended to sleep, but couldn’t, the next day how do you feel? (Allow them to respond). Do you feel less productive the next day? Raise your hand if you are like me and feel like your body is able to go through the motions of the day, but your mind is in a total fog? Am I the only one who has ever experienced that? (Interact with the audience so they remember the feeling of missing sleep and how it affects their life).

I’m glad we agree that the quality of our sleep is vitally important for our ability as human beings to flourish. So if sleep makes us more productive and able to work more efficiently, why is it that when we are busy the first thing to be skipped is sleep? How many of you used to pull “all-­?nighters” in school when you had a test the next morning, or maybe you still do this with pending work deadlines? I am the first person to raise my hand and admit that I am guilty of this.

What Happens When We Skip Sleep?

Let’s take a look at what exactly happens to the body when we skip a night of sleep. Because the physical body is craving sleep and is too tired to function as normal, the physical body relies on the release of the hormone adrenaline to stay awake.

Adrenaline is an important hormone, and it is important to our existence. Adrenaline gives us that rush to achieve super human feats like to jump out of an airplane when going skydiving and to save us in life threatening situations; you know the classic example of running away from a bear. Adrenaline serves us in these situations, and is favorable.

However, to be pumped with adrenaline while sitting at your cubicle at work is highly destructive. The natural response to adrenaline is to fight or to flight. If the body releases adrenaline, and instead of fighting or flighting, we remain sedentary, then the body will store cortisol, the hormone associated with weight gain. In addition to storing cortisol, research also tells us that men who have sleep apnea also have a lower production of testosterone, bringing their sex drive down.

So by having a restless night of sleep, we feel terrible, have a headache, our bodies are stressed out, we lack energy, and we are releasing hormones that tell the body to store fat, contributing to the onset of obesity.

Lack of sleep can also be deadly. Of the individuals suffering from insomnia, 90% of this population has another serious health disorder. Meaning that insomnia is a contributing factor to severe chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease. Sleep deprivation while driving is also lethal, in some cases as bad as being intoxicated. The National Traffic Highway Traffic Safety Administration (US) estimates that 100,000  auto crashes per year are due to fatigue and being drowsy while sleeping.

Mindset Shift

Sleeping is very important. As active members in our community, we are busy, we have careers, many of you are parents, we have commitments to clubs and associations for which we belong. When asked “how do you do it all?” Many people will reply, I don’t sleep.

I want each of you to learn to change this mentality. Lack of sleep should not be associated with success. Success should be associated with well-­?rested, alert human beings. If not, you will suffer from burnout. It may not happen tomorrow, but you will reach a point in which your body will not physically allow you to continue at that rate. So the next time someone asks you “how do you manage to do it all?” I want your response to be, I’m well rested so that I can work with optimal efficiency. That is planning to be successful for the long haul.

We had a patient named Joy who had been coming in for about 8 weeks or so for postural correction. One day Joy seemed particularly joyful and had a big smile on her face. I asked her how she was doing, and she said that she was the best she had been in years.

Happy to hear that response I asked her to expand, and to tell me more. She had never told me, but before she started her posture correction treatments, she was an insomniac, and was lucky to sleep 4 hours per night. When she came in she always complained of headaches, which were obviously related to the insomnia. She told me that just two weeks after starting treatment she was able to sleep for about 6.5 hours per night, and her headaches went away. She had more energy each day naturally, and she stopped drinking wine at night to relax herself so she could sleep-­? admitting that she was reliant on her bottle of wine per night.

Joy was actually happy to go to work now. Joy is a first grade teacher. Can you imagine what it would be like to have a pounding headache, no energy, and 30 first graders to take care of? In my mind, that’s misery. Postural correction gave her the passion for teaching back. With good rest and healthy alignment of her body, her life completely changed for the better.

I am going to offer each of you a complete posture analysis, a value of $160for just $40. The return on investment for this postural evaluation, for Joy was life-­?changing. I am confident that if we find postural distortions we will have transformational results with you as well.

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Are you a Toxic Dumpsite?

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Why we need to detox?

Detoxification, or “detox” is a general term referring to any procedure which rids the body of toxins. Exogenous toxins are those molecular structures that enter the body from the environment for which the body has no use and which may also cause damage. Endogenous toxins are products of metabolism of which the body must rid itself.

There is little doubt that our environment is polluted with toxins and harmful substances. One of the keys of anti-aging is to identify useful ways to detoxify our exposure to toxic surrounding elements including our air, water and food. The reason is simple – the more toxins you ingest, the faster you age.The concepts of internal cleansing and detoxification have been around for centuries. Detoxification of the body refers to the cleansing of the bowels, kidneys, lungs, the liver and the blood since these are the organs involved in the detoxification of chemicals and toxins from the body.

Toxins

A toxin is defined as any compound that has a detrimental effect on cell function or structure. Toxins can damage the body in an insidious and cumulative way. Once the internal detoxification system becomes overloaded, toxic metabolites begin to accumulate. We also become progressively more sensitive to other chemicals, some of which are normally non-toxic. It is this accumulation of toxins over a period of time than can wreak havoc on our normal metabolic processes thus causing numerous allergies and addiction.

Toxins include industrial chemicals and their polluted by-products, pesticides, additives in our foods, heavy metals, anesthetics, drug deposits, environmental hormones, and secondary smoke. More than two million synthetic substances have been identified and 25,000 new toxins are added each year. About 30,000 are produced on a commercial scale. Unfortunately, only a miniscule percentage is ever tested for toxicity.

Long term exposure to toxins can result in metabolic and genetic alternations that can affect cell growth, behavior and immune response. This is because the molecular structures of toxins are carcinogenic as they interact with human DNA. The World Health Organization has implicated environmental toxic chemicals in over 60 to 80 per cent of all cancer cases.

Exogenous Toxins

Exogenous toxins are primarily products of the petrochemical and industrial ages. Industry has brought with it high exposure to toxic heavy metals, namely aluminum, antimony, arsenic, beryllium, bismuth, cadmium, lead, mercury, nickel, platinum, silver, thallium, thorium, tin, and uranium. In the pre-industrial age man had almost no exposure these elements except perhaps for silver and lead. In our evolution the exposure has been so meager that human biochemistry has made no use of these metals. Therefore when they enter the human body the only thing they can do is replace the nutritional metals (such as manganese, magnesium, etc.) in enzyme systems. As replacements toxic heavy metals stop the function of the enzymes with which they are associated and this is their toxic effect.

Other toxins we are exposed to are the halogens. The body can make use of only one halogen: iodine which is used to make thyroid hormone. The other halogens, e.g. fluorine and chlorine, are worse than useless to the body. Using biased studies, the aluminum industry has persuaded the American public that its very own waste byproduct , fluorine (as fluoride), should be painted onto and brushed into teeth, and swallowed with every drink of water. Epidemiological studies show that fluoride intake is directly linked with cancer. (And, by the way, it does not make stronger teeth.) Likewise chlorine which is dumped wholesale into most water supplies.

From the 1890s until the 1940s, organic chemicals were produced by the fractional distillation of coal and tar. No new chemicals were produced, only those already present in coal and tar were isolated. The petrochemical era was born in the 1940s. In 1940, by using new technology, synthetic chemicals were created which had never existed before. With the advent of thermal and catalytic cracking, it became possible to take petroleum, fractionate it, isolate particular chemicals and then, with a process of molecular splicing and recombination to produce any chemical you wanted to produce.

In 1940, we produced about one billion pounds of new synthetic chemicals. By 1950, the figure had reached fifty billion pounds, and by the late 1980s, it became 500 billion pounds, including a wide range of toxic, carcinogenic, neurotoxic and other chemicals. Most of these chemicals have never been tested for toxic, carcinogenic or environmental effects. We have been able to identify around 600 of these chemicals which are carcinogenic.

Endogenous Toxins

So, by man’s ingenuity we have been increasing the load of toxins almost daily — as if we needed more toxins. The body has all it can do to detoxify itself from the waste products of its own metabolism. To this end it devotes the largest organs in the body: the skin, kidneys, liver and colon. The body is designed to detox quite well if given enough pure water and fiber. However, the cultural norm is to drink very little (if any) pure water and to eat little fiber. In the place of pure water we have: tap water, mineral water, soda pop, coffee, tea, milk, juice, etc. (Distilled water is the only pure water.) In the place of fiber is meat (and yes that includes fish and fowl), breads, pasta, rice, potatoes, corn chips, milk — you know, the Standard American Diet (SAD).

When you add together the exogenous toxins and the endogenous toxins, practically the entire population is toxic. You can detect this by simply noticing the number of people with foul breath. Foul breath is almost always due to the presence of toxins, particularly when concentrated in the colon.

Signs that Detoxification is Needed

  • If you have unexplained headaches or back pain
  • If you have joint pain or arthritis
  • If your memory is failing
  • If you are depressed or lack energy
  • If you have brittle nails and hair
  • If you have abnormal body odor, coated tongue or bad breath
  • If you have an unexplained weight gain
  • If you have psoriasis
  • If you have frequent allergies
  • If you have a history of heavy alcohol use
  • If you have a history of natural and synthetic steroid hormone use.
  • If you have an exposure to cleaning solvents, pesticides, diuretics and certain drugs

Benefits of Detoxification

  1. Digestive tract is cleansed of accumulated waste and fermenting bacteria.
  2. Liver, kidney, and blood purification can take place that is not possible during regular eating patterns
  3. Mental clarity is enhanced as chemical and food additive overload is reduced
  4. Reduced dependency on habit forming substances such as sugar, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and drugs
  5. Stomach size is returned to normal as bad eating habits can be stopped
  6. Hormonal system is enhanced which is especially true for growth hormone
  7. Immune system is stimulated.

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ARE YOU in a TOXIC RELATIONSHIP?

Ask anyone in a long-term partnership and, chances are, they’ll tell you that relationships are hard work. Misunderstandings and miscommunications happen, boundaries are crossed, and arguments ensue—after all, no person is perfect, and therefore no pairing is without its pitfalls. But, while everyone can make mistakes when interacting with their partners, there are certain unhealthy behaviors that should raise a red flag.

Here are 11 warning signs that may signal a relationship has veered into toxic territory. Take note of them as areas to focus on and correct for future interactions—or, in some cases, as signs that the person or relationship is beyond repair and should be abandoned immediately to avoid further harm.

Warning Signs That May Signal A Relationship Has Veered Into Toxic Territory

1. Toxic communication

As a cornerstone of every healthy relationship, communication is key. Hence, issues in this area can point to stalemates and dissatisfaction ahead. Constant interrupting or talking over the other person, for example, shows a lack of respect, as well as a lack of willingness or ability to listen to someone else’s point of view—which, in turn, makes understanding and empathy impossible. Rash reactions should be replaced with active listening. To avoid a communication breakdown, you can even have the listener repeat back what they heard to avoid any crossed wires or “lost in translation” moments.

2. A lack of support

In a supportive partnership, you should always feel you have a best friend in your corner, cheering on your successes and commiserating over any disappointments. But, in a toxic situation, you may find yourself feeling the opposite—as if you have a secret saboteur on your side instead. If you’re hesitant or afraid to share good news with your other half, perhaps out of fear of his or her reaction, or if you hit a wall of negativity every time you’re in celebration mode, it may be time to look deeper at your relationship’s dynamics. A supportive partner stands by your side in times good and bad, so if that feeling is lacking, it may spell doom over the long term.

3. Jealousy or envy

Some partners with less than supportive motives harbor a case of envy, which means they want what you have. Jealousy, on the other hand, usually involves a third party—perhaps a co-worker, friend, or even a stranger that the partner feels is getting special attention. While a small amount of jealousy can be normal and natural, excessive or unfounded jealousy can signal insecurity and deep-seated distrust. If your partner accuses you of cheating every time you run errands, it’ll be difficult, if not impossible, to convince them otherwise, which will likely sow seeds of resentment on both sides of the table.

4. Possessiveness or controlling behaviour

Signs of this type of issue can manifest in various ways—everything from one partner requiring frequent check-ins or monitoring movement via technology, to isolating a partner from friends and family, with the end goal of cutting off networks of support to make them more dependent on a significant other. Additional examples include telling the partner how to act or dress; requiring “permission” for basic tasks; or snooping through private possessions (like a diary), texts, or emails. Ultimately, possessive and controlling partners want to usurp freedom and autonomy, which makes an unsustainable setup for long-term happiness.

5. Lies and half-truth.

Outright lying begs the question: What is the partner trying to hide? Dishonesty may be covering up more serious infractions, such as infidelity—but, even if not, relationships require a foundation of truth-telling in order to build trust. Without these basics, it’s impossible to create a positive and peaceful connection in which both parties feel at ease. Alternatively, half-truths can be just as damaging, eroding trust over the long haul as a partner tries to control the narrative through means such as minimizing, “selective memory,” evading, and so on. When a partner says something that later turns out to be untrue or half-true, suspicion builds and eats away at mutual goodwill.

6. Imbalance of power

Could anyone in the relationship accurately declare, “What I say, goes”? When one partner in the relationship seems to have all of the say-so, it creates an unhealthy balance that actually harms both parties. One person can get tired of having to make all of the decisions, for example, while the other can feel overlooked, unheard, or misrepresented. This ultimately leads to resentment and dissatisfaction for both. Though it’s possible to have a slight differential of power among partners, gaping imbalances can point to trouble.

7. Walking on eggshells

If one partner is often worried about saying or doing something wrong, for fear of upsetting the other person or inciting anger or rage, it can be difficult to engage in open and honest discussions, and one person feels like they can’t truly be themselves around their partner. Though it’s a good idea to behave in ways that don’t intentionally harm or upset the other person, there is an issue when one feels like daily life presents a minefield—never sure if where they’re stepping might set something off and cause an explosion.

8. Withdrawal or isolation

This related pair of relationship red flags is another that can be mutually harmful in couples. Those who withdraw or isolate are usually engaging in a form of self-sabotaging behavior, while the other partner feels shut out, hurt, or confused. If this is a go-to strategy for one or both partners, it can be difficult or impossible to reach real resolutions after disagreements, meaning they’re likely to crop up again. Meanwhile, stonewalling (shutting down all communication) can be a feature of more troubling tactics, including emotional abuse.

9. Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse

Any of these three behaviors should sound the loudest of alarm bells, inciting the immediate end of a relationship. Abuse tends to worsen, not improve, over time, and can lead to severe consequences like injury or even death. Though the signs of domestic violence and sexual abuse are more well-known, emotional abuse includes behaviors like manipulation, verbal abuse, and gaslighting, plus many of the other behaviors on this list, like attempts to control. Even though not physically threatening, these are designed to be damaging to a person’s emotional well-being and should be taken very seriously.

10. Cruelty

This can come in many forms—it can take place in public, such as belittling, shaming, or mocking the partner in front of others, or it may be done privately, such as criticizing or making cutting remarks behind closed doors. Either way, cruelty leads to distrust, anger, hurt, and even deeper effects like lowered self-esteem. A partner who’s healthy and supportive should be working to build you up, not tear you down.

11. Making excuses for your partner

If your other half engages in any of the above behaviours—or other harmful actions—do you try to explain them away rather than confront them? For example, you may say (to yourself or others), “He was just having a bad day,” or “She was just drinking too much that night and overreacted.” If you find yourself searching for excuses for inappropriate or hurtful behavior, and especially if you need to frequently do so, it’s time to directly broach concerns that arise, rather than avoiding and justifying.

Recognising the warning signs of a toxic relationship is just the first step. Understanding why your partner acts the way they do, why you put up with bad behaviour, or why you sabotage your own relationships is a critical part of fixing a broken partnership.

Mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or substance abuse can contribute to marital conflict.

At Sundardas Naturopathic Clinic, we’re here for you.

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When You Con Yourself

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Have you ever made the commitment to ditch an unhealthy habit-guzzling sugary energy drinks all day long, bingeing on Netflix every night, or smoking cigarettes—only to find that after a few days it feels nearly impossible to quit? You might even have started to feel depressed and lost without it. You know you made the right decision, but why is it so hard to follow through? The short answer is your brain doesn’t always want to do what is best for you.

The human brain is extraordinarily complex with its 100 billion neurons and the trillions of connections between them. It is involved in everything you do, think, feel, say, and desire. Your brain makes you who you are, but sometimes it outsmarts you in a way that is deceiving—perhaps even a little manipulative.

The simple explanation for this is the brain is biologically wired for reward and pleasure. Back in the caveman days, this likely served as a survival mechanism in that it provided the motivation to find food and water. Even though access to these is much less of a concern now, the brain still drives us to repeat behaviours that result in a perceived reward, regardless of whether the activity is positive—such as watching a beautiful sunset—or harmful, like using cocaine. One of the key drivers for this is dopamine—a neurotransmitter intricately involved with pleasure, focus, and motivation.

DOPAMINE and the brain’s reward system

Within the brain’s reward circuit are structures that are often referred to as the pleasure centers. Although they are very small, they have a lot of influence over the choices we make. Therefore, whatever you do that causes dopamine to be released, your brain will encourage you to repeat it because it anticipates a reward from that behavior. To make it even more complicated, pleasurable experiences are linked to emotions and memory, which makes giving up unhealthy habits even more challenging.

Your brain’s reward system doesn’t really care that your  sugar-filled morning Frappuccino or a few drinks with friends after work each day is adversely affecting your mental health and physical well-being. In fact, just thinking about engaging in these habits causes dopamine to be released and essentially hijacks your brain.

A simple strategy to override your brain’s pleasure centres

Even though bad habits can be tricky to overcome, you can learn how to outsmart your brain’s natural inclinations. With practice, you can override its power and make the healthy changes you want.

When you’re used to doing a certain thing regularly, life can initially feel empty without it—and this is normal. There’s a part of your brain that is kicking and screaming because it isn’t getting the reward from the habit you have given up. One way to help you process this discomfort is to think about the circumstances that got you hooked on it to begin with.

For example, imagine that the unhealthy habit you want to stop is having pizza and a large soda for lunch on too many days each week. Think back to your original memories associated with it. Perhaps you started eating that way in college with a group of good friends, and not only did you enjoy the indulgence and taste of the meal, but also the laughs and camaraderie that came with it. Fast forward a decade or more to where you are today with a multitude of responsibilities and not enough time on your hands. Now, you run out to pick up a big slice of pizza and a soda for washing it down while sitting at your desk during your lunch break. You might not even enjoy it all that much, but you (and your brain) do it because it’s what you (and your brain) have always done.

Notice the difference between the memory of how you felt in college and how your current experience with the pizza habit makes you feel. There’s a very good chance that it’s not as pleasurable as it used to be.

Using this memory-based information, you can start vetoing your brain’s drive to hit the pizza parlour by choosing to adopt a new, healthier lunchtime habit that makes you feel better about yourself. Start becoming aware of the benefits you experience from, for example, choosing a salad with grilled chicken and having sparkling water instead of having pizza. Pay attention to how the healthy choice nourishes your body and brain, increases your energy, and maybe even helps you lose a few extra pounds. Keep your focus on all the positive things you are gaining with this change.

Revising behaviours that have been reinforced over time won’t happen overnight. It takes daily practice. Each day, remind yourself about the positive and pleasurable feelings associated with your new habit. Regardless of what you want to change, the more you do it, the more it gets wired into your brain as a reward and puts you back in the driver’s seat for choosing what is best for you.

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Prof Sundardas D Annamalay

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When our emotions are running our lives, we are not in a state of calm aliveness. Rather, there are imbalances in the nervous system that cause problems. It causes imbalances in other systems and organs in our body. Not to mention how these imbalances influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviours towards ourselves and others.”

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How to Boost Your Emotional and Psychological Resilience

You’ve probably heard the word “resilience” pop up more often recently—and for good reason. With so much uncertainty and change in the world around us during the past couple of years, many people—young and old— have been struggling with high stress levels.

So what is it that makes some people seem relatively calm and collected when faced with adversity, while others become completely overwhelmed?

It’s the degree of emotional and psychological resilience they have.

This means that when serious stressors, crises, tragedy  and other types of trauma occur, they can recover more quickly and adapt to the changing circumstances more easily. This doesn’t mean they don’t experience emotional pain and distress about bad situations, but rather they employ helpful thought patterns and behaviors that support them as they go through difficult times.

When faced with a serious stressor, crisis, tragedy, or other trauma, people with greater emotional and psychological resilience tend to recover more quickly and have an easier time adapting to change. 

Some people may naturally have a greater capacity for being resilient, but even when that’s not the case, it’s something that can be developed with the right strategies when faced with life’s unexpected twists and turns.

7 Ways to Increase Your Emotional and Psychological Resilience

1. Diet

If you follow me, you know it goes without saying that keeping your brain balanced with a healthy and regular exercise are foundational for managing your stress, especially when challenges arise. However, building resilience takes additional effort, so here are 5 things you can start practicing now:

2. Use your ability to respond.

Sometimes things happen to you that are no fault of your own, and though you cannot change what occurred, you can take responsibility for what you do afterwards. This is important because it keeps you from staying in “victim mode,” especially when someone or something has threatened or harmed you. By using your ability to respond, you empower yourself.

3. Identify what you can control, and what you cannot.

One way so many people elevate their stress level is by focusing—or even obsessing about the things outside of their control. Worrying endlessly about some uncertainty sends you down the rabbit hole of fear. Instead of doing that, focus on what you can control each day, even if it’s just little things.

4. Don’t weather the storm alone.

When you’re faced with something difficult, not only is it okay to reach out to others, it’s also healthier for you. The support we get from people we trust helps to bolster our resilience and reduce the chances we’ll get emotionally overwhelmed and have a hard time coping. All of us need someone to lean on at times.

5. Stop catastrophizing

When a stressful situation arises, people with a pessimistic mindset or who struggle with anxiety can’t stop thinking about the worst-case scenario. This is not helpful. If you tend to do this, it’s time to reality-check your worries by questioning your thoughts with this technique from Byron Katie. Ask yourself:

Is it true?

Is it really true, with 100% certainty?

How do you feel when you have this fearful thought?

How would you feel if you didn’t have this thought?

Turn the thought around to its opposite and see if that isn’t actually truer than the original one.

6. Make time for your spiritual side

Some folks find inner strength through their connection with God or higher power, while other experience solace with meditation, yoga, or by spending time in nature. Whatever your sense of spirituality is, being regularly in touch with the peace it brings you is known to increase resilience in challenging times.

7. Practice makes progress

As with any type of personal growth, boosting your resilience requires effort. For many people it also means releasing unhelpful habits, like runaway ANTs (automatic negative thoughts), drowning your troubles in sugar or alcohol, or choosing to feel helpless in an effort to get someone to do the heavy lifting for you.

But just like you build muscle with regular exercise, being intentional about becoming more resilient to cope better with life’s stressors is so worth the everyday effort it needs. It won’t cost you a dime, but the payoff is priceless.

 If you’re struggling and need professional help, Sundardas Naturopathic Clinic is here for you.

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When our emotions are running our lives, we are not in a state of calm aliveness. Rather, there are imbalances in the nervous system that cause problems. It causes imbalances in other systems and organs in our body. Not to mention how these imbalances influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviours towards ourselves and others.”

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DID you get scammed about ALZHEIMER’s?

An investigation into a seminal 2006 study on Alzheimer’s disease has raised questions about its validity. An analysis of the brain images used in the study suggests they may have been doctored, according to a 2022 article in the journal Science. The original 2006 study claimed its images showed that the accumulation of an amyloid-beta protein in the brain was associated with memory impairment in mouse models with Alzheimer’s disease.

The findings in the 2006 paper laid the foundation for the hypothesis that amyloid-beta causes brain cells to die in people with Alzheimer’s. If the theory is wrong, it means that tens of millions of dollars spent on research to find drugs that fight amyloid-beta may have been wasted. This is disheartening news considering that over 6 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and that by 2050 this number is expected to triple.

However, it is a reminder of what we at Sundardas Naturopathic Clinic have been saying for decades: Alzheimer’s is a lifestyle disease. Scientists will never find a single pill or vaccine to reverse memory loss because it has too many causes. Yet, there are many daily habits you can start doing NOW to improve your memory and reduce your risk for dementia.

Scientists will never find a single pill or vaccine to reverse memory loss because it has too many causes. Yet, there are many daily habits you can start doing NOW to improve your memory and reduce your risk for dementia. 

12 daily habits to Improve memory and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

1. Exercise to boost blood flow to the brain

Healthy blood flow is critical to a good memory. On SPECT scans, low blood flow is the #1 brain imaging predictor of Alzheimer’s. To improve blood flow, be sure to include physical activity in your day. For example, walk at a fast pace—like you’re late for an appointment—for 30 to 45 minutes.

2. Learn something new

Getting older is the primary risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. To keep your brain from aging too rapidly, make it a point to learn something new no matter how old you are. For example, learn to play a musical instrument, learn a foreign language, or take ballroom dancing lessons.

3. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet

Chronic inflammation damages the brain and increases the risk of dementia. Eliminate pro-inflammatory foods from your diet, such as sugar, fast food, and vegetable oils that are high in omega-6 fatty acids. Stick with anti-inflammatory foods like salmon which is high in omega-3 fatty acids, green leafy vegetables, and avocados.

4. Know your family history

There is a genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Make it a priority to find out if your grandparents or parents developed Alzheimer’s.

5. Protect your head

A wealth of scientific research shows that traumatic brain injuries—even mild head trauma that doesn’t cause you to black out—raises the risk of developing dementia. Avoid activities that put you at risk for head injuries, wear a helmet when riding a bike, hold the handrail when going down stairs, and work on your balance to avoid falls.

6. Ditch alcohol

Excessive drinking is linked with memory problems and dementia. In a 43-year follow-up study of more than 12,000 people, moderate-to-heavy drinkers had a 57% higher risk of dementia compared with non-drinkers and light drinkers—and they developed it at a younger age. Protect your memory by avoiding alcohol.

7. Get treated for psychiatric issues

Mental health issues, such as depression and ADD/ADHD, are associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. If you have depressive symptoms, or you struggle with focus and attention, it’s important to seek professional help. The brain imaging work at Amen Clinics shows that psychiatric conditions are not single or simple issues. They all have different types. Brain imaging can help identify your type, so you can get the targeted treatment you need.

8. Boost your immune system

Research following the pandemic shows that people with long COVID are more likely to suffer from memory problems and brain fog. More investigation is needed on the consequences of COVID infection on the future development of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. In a 2016 editorial in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 33 scientists expressed concern that infectious diseases were being overlooked as a major cause of memory problems and dementia.

9. Balance your hormones

Hormonal imbalances have been linked to an increased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. Abnormal hormone levels are also linked to a greater risk of heart disease, diabetes, and depression—all of which are also associated with higher odds of Alzheimer’s disease.

10. Maintain a healthy weight and blood sugar level

Being obese or having diabetes makes you more likely to have memory problems. Abnormal insulin levels, a symptom seen in diabetes, has been tied to cognitive decline but not to the accumulation of amyloid-beta proteins in the brain, according to findings in a 2021 study in Diagnosis, Assessment, & Disease Monitoring. The authors of a study on insulin problems and Alzheimer’s in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease say the link between the two conditions is so strong, that they propose calling Alzheimer’s “type 3 diabetes.

11. Get adequate sleep

While you’re sleeping, your brain performs important tasks, such as removing detritus that builds up during the day (similar to taking out the trash). If you don’t get enough rest at night, your brain can’t perform these vital functions. A lack of sleep makes you more likely to have memory problems, according to a study in Nature Reviews: Neurology. Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep a night.

12. Explore brain training and neurofeedback apps

Brain training and neurofeedback have been increasingly found to be useful  to help train the brain and support and enhance areas of your brain that need more support.

Memory loss and other mental health issues can’t wait. At Sundardas Naturopathic Clinic, we’re here for you.

Prof Sundardas D Annamalay

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GENERATIONAL TRAUMA

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In the same way previous generations pass on genetic characteristics to you, research shows that they also pass along “acquired” or epigenetic characteristics born out of emotionally charged, traumatic experiences. It’s called generational trauma (or ancestral trauma), and it can be a powerful influence in your life as it can increase your vulnerability to a number of mental health conditions.

For those who have never experienced trauma first hand, yet suffer from inexplicable symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental health issues—such as depressionanxietylow self-esteemdissociation, hypervigilance, shame, guilt, and more—it can be a great relief to learn that ancestral trauma may be the source.

UNDERSTANDING GENERATIONAL TRAUMA

Generational trauma may begin with a traumatic event affecting an individual, or a traumatic event(s) affecting multiple family members, or collective trauma affecting the larger community, cultural, racial, ethnic, or other groups/populations (known as a historical trauma).

While ancestral trauma has the potential to affect us all, those at the greatest risk are in families and groups that have experienced significant forms of abuse, neglect, torture, oppression, and racial disparities. It’s common in the progeny of war refugees and victims of enslavement, genocide, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and extreme poverty.

Researchers first noted generational trauma in the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of the Holocaust. Findings from a study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research show that children and grandchildren of survivors are at higher risk of anxiety disorders and PTSD. 

Another study in the American Journal of Psychotherapy found that among referrals to a child psychiatry clinic, grandchildren of Holocaust survivors were overrepresented by 300% compared to their peers. Research has shown similar effects in the descendants of many other historical traumas. That’s not surprising since children of a parent struggling with PTSD are 3 times more likely to have PTSD themselves.

Generational trauma is also present in families where there has been significant emotional trauma such as divorce, tragic accidents or losses, abandonment, parental incarceration, substance abuse, a death by suicide, or early death of a family member.

These traumas have lasting consequences. For example, with early death, the nervous system can be so deeply impacted that it changes the nature of family members’ genes, which can affect offspring for generations.

Negative parenting behavior can be a source of trauma as well. When parents have unresolved trauma, their parenting can be negatively impacted by depression, substance abuse, mental illness, and other conditions. They can become less attuned as parents and model negative coping skills. They may even become perpetrators of their own trauma; sexual abuse is often repeated in families for generations.

Ancestral trauma has been shown to affect the brain. A large 2019 study found that the children of parents with depression had smaller volume in the pleasure centres of their brain, which placed them at risk of developing depression themselves.

STOPPING GENERATIONAL TRAUMA

The great news is that ancestral trauma can be stopped, but it will not go away on its own. Families can make resilience their new legacy by actively seeking to address the trauma.

Building resilience through open and loving communication between generations is one of the best ways to loosen generational trauma’s grip. Healing happens when family members speak up and work through any hurt, pain, or abuse from the past.

If you are a parent, mental health experts suggest that you seek your own support and share your trauma openly with your children and possibly your grandchildren too. Tell them your story and whatever you know about what happened to your parents and your grandparents.

If you are an adult child of parents or grandparents who may have trauma, ask them about their experiences. Find out as much as you can about your ancestry. Notice any automatic patterns, beliefs, or narratives from your family that you continue to portray.

Talk through them with a trusted friend, family member, or therapist and consider new ways of being and communicating. Start creating a future for yourself without the pain of inherited trauma.

Innovative therapies can be very helpful in resolving generational trauma. For example, somatic therapy is a type of trauma therapy that involves paying close attention to your inner body sensations as a way to regulate emotions.

Also, eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy can be a very powerful treatment for people who have been emotionally traumatised. It uses eye movements or other alternate hemisphere stimulation to remove the emotional charges of traumatic memories.

If you suspect generational trauma may be affecting you, reach out to a qualified mental health professional for help. The anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues you experience may not be all yours.

Generational trauma and other mental health issues can’t wait. At Sundardas Naturopathic Clinic, we’re here for you.

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Did you know these Methylfolate benefits can help with mood?

Perhaps you’ve heard of the essential vitamin folate (aka vitamin B9). But what’s the difference between folate and methylfolate? And what’s folic acid? It can be a bit confusing, so let’s unpack each of these and see how they relate to each other.

WHAT’s the DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FOLATE, FOLIC ACID, and METHYLFOLATE?

Folate

Folate is a group of chemically complicated substances that supply the body with chemically simple methyl groups. The body can’t make folate from scratch, so we must get it from foods or dietary supplements.

Folate is vital at every stage of life, from early development in the womb through birth, and all the way through adulthood. But for many people, lifestyle factors, some medications, and common gene mutations can deplete their folate stores.

Folic Acid

To help consumers maintain good nutritional folate status, many foods are being “fortified” with folic acid (FA). Also, dietary supplements that include folate typically provide it as FA.

But FA doesn’t occur in plants or in any of our foods and is so chemically different from natural folates that it gunks up our folate enzymes and impairs our natural folate utilisation. The body must produce an enzyme to make FA usable, and this enzyme’s conversion capacity is limited. As a result, some people may have unconverted FA in their bloodstream, which may lead to negative health effects such as nausea, diarrhea, irritability, and behavior changes.

Methylfolate

Methylfolate (technically methyltetrahydrofolate) is the pre-activated and most readily utilized form of the folate vitamin. The body has enzymes that rely on methylfolate (MF) specifically for its methyl groups, which are crucial for a broad range of brain and body functions.

Methylfolate is the folate form most naturally preferred by the body, which is why the intestinal lining has “transport proteins” that bind to it and selectively absorb it into the blood. Similar proteins also move MF from the circulation into the brain tissue.

The methyl chemical groups that come from folate are fundamental to practically all our life processes. It’s essential for all our cells, tissues, and organs to survive, grow, function, and maintain their structural integrity. MF also supports the entire array of functions in the bone marrow, liver, and all the other organs.

All our cells need methylfolate to make their DNA, package it into genes, repair it when damage occurs, and regulate their overall gene activity (epigenetics). The brain’s nerve cells also need it to make their electrical insulation (myelin) and to make dopamine and serotonin. MF also works with vitamin B6 and B12 in the detoxication of homocysteine.

Methylfolate promotes smooth and efficient folate metabolism for those who need it most: women of reproductive age, the elderly, the high proportion of individuals who carry folate enzyme mutations. For these individuals, and for the rest of us, methylfolate is the best dietary form of folate.

METHYLFOLATE BENEFITS

Here are just a few methylfolate benefits:

  • Fundamental to the growth, renewal, and functioning of our cells, tissues, and organs.
  • Helps support a healthy mood, memory, cognition, and behavior.
  • Enhances the clinically proven mood benefits of SAMe (s-adenosyl-methionine).
  • Essential for the brain to make the key neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
  • Promotes the brain’s healthy production of melatonin, our major sleep hormone.
  • Enhances the body’s regulation of homocysteine, a potentially toxic human metabolic product.
  • Promotes healthy pregnancy and birth outcomes.

While considering these impressive methylfolate benefits, it’s also important to be aware of the potential dangers of not taking methylfolate.

Folate Mutations

When consumed, methylfolate doesn’t need to be converted into active folate – as the body’s most active folate form, it can be immediately used by our folate enzyme systems. One of the most common human gene mutations is the C677T mutation in the enzyme MTHFR (Methylene Tetrahydrofolate Reductase), whose function is to produce MF.

More than 40 percent of individuals in some ethnic groups have this mutation, which is associated with impaired folate utilization from food. Taking MF by mouth bypasses this mutation: as premade, authentic MF, it doesn’t need to be produced by MTHFR. For people with C677T or various other, less common MTHFR mutations, methylfolate is a health breakthrough!

Methylfolate Benefits for Mood

Among its many positive actions in the brain and body, methylfolate can help support emotional balance. Methylfolate is a cofactor in the production of monoamines dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin.

In one study, patients struggling with low mood reported significant improvements in their symptoms when using methylfolate. The results of two randomized, double-blind, parallel-sequential trials found that MF may help those with medication-resistant mood issues. The trial concluded that MF may be an effective, safe, and well tolerated treatment for patients with major mood problems.

So, where can you get an ultra-pure source of this mood-, memory-, and cognitive-supporting vitamin?

METHYLFOLATE

Methylfolate is a form of the folate vitamin that’s better utilized than folic acid or other folates. MethylFolate is essential for mood, cognition, behavior, and overall brain and body health.

Methylfolate is the body’s most fully active form of folate, a vitamin that provides methyl groups (-CH3) which are crucial for a broad range of brain functions, including healthy mood. In clinical trials, MF corrected methyl deficiency while promoting a positive mood and overall brain health.

Highly Bioavailable Source of Methyl Groups

To be utilized by the body, dietary folates from foods or supplements must first be converted to methylfolate. But the enzymes involved in this conversion process often carry mutations that can interfere with their activity. High-quality MF supplements bypass these enzymes, directly supplying methyl to make SAMe and other methyl cofactors that manage the body’s extensive networks of methyl metabolism.

Promotes Metabolic Recycling of Homocysteine

Homocysteine (HCy) is a byproduct of SAMe production from MF and the amino acid methionine. If allowed to build up in the blood and other tissues, HCy can become toxic. MF facilitates the recycling of HCy to methionine, which helps curb its toxic potential.

Supports Brain Health and DNA

Methyl from MF is needed from the moment of fertilization of the human egg, through the development of the brain, heart and other organs, to birth, and across the lifespan. All our cells need methyl groups to make their DNA, repair ongoing DNA damage, and regulate their utilization of DNA.

PUT THE METHYL IN YOUR FOLATE

Though folate is an effective vitamin, methylfolate is better utilized in the body than folate and synthetic folic acid.

Taking folate as MethylFolate can help provide nutritional support for your brain and body. This versatile supplement is also fundamental to the growth and renewal of our cells, helps regulate potentially harmful homocysteine, promotes healthy pregnancy, and much more.

You can enjoy all the methylfolate benefits. Call us for your methylfolate supplement. (For existing clients only) 

Prof Sundardas D Annamalay

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Why the Pharoah did not have Allergies

3 Why the Pharoah did not have Allergies

Black Cumin Seed Oil has long been revered by ancient cultures for its healing properties like the Egyptians and the ancient Muslim medical experts…

They knew it was their secret ingredient for great gut and immune health and allergy prevention.

This spice was coined the “oil of the Pharaohs” due to the seeds apparently being found in the tomb of Tutankhamen. What did they know about gut health?

Supports Gut Health

Did you know that one of the oldest uses for black cumin seed oil was to treat indigestion, bloating, diarrhea and just about every other digestive issue?1

Studies have indicated that black cumin seed oil may help prevent colorectal cancer and reduce the production of stomach acid while simultaneously improving the structure and secretion of mucus needed along the lining of the gut. 2

Additionally, black cumin seed oil may suppress harmful gut bacteria while promoting healthy ones3

With gut health being so very important to both mental and physical health — including immunity — that’s exciting, indeed!

Black Cumin  Combats Allergies

Bee products like honey and propolis may come to mind as natural remedies for dealing with allergies, but for those looking for an all-natural vegan alternative, black cumin may be just your ticket out of sneeze-ville. 

In a 2019 review of experimental and clinical studies on black cumin between 1993 and 2018, researchers found repeated evidence that this oil may act as an all-natural antihistamine (with regards to a variety of allergens) and can also help prevent asthma. 

Allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis and atopic eczema were lessened in severity with the patients across the studies 5 reviewed.

Black cumin seed has been used for centuries to treat not just allergies but respiratory issues which carries on over to our next point…

Black Cumin Protection for Your Lungs

Clinical trials have found that black cumin may have very strong lung-protective properties. 

This includes in ALL areas of the lungs such as alveoli, bronchi and bronchioles while simultaneously promoting the formation of healthy lung tissue.6

Additionally, clinical experimentation found that black cumin may even enhance pulmonary function, increase antioxidant markers and lower inflammation7

Interestingly, supplementing with black cumin resulted in an increase of other nutrients that promote lung health 8 such as glutathione and vitamins C and E.

To top it off, black cumin contains high levels of an active compound called thymoquinone (TQ). TQ may just prove to be a powerful ally when it comes to protecting ourselves from viral invaders. 

Apart from its apparent antiviral, antioxidant and anti-coagulation effects, what makes TQ particularly interesting is the immunomodulatory effect it may have on your body. 

A 2021 review of clinical studies conducted around the globe found that TQ may increase cytokine suppressors, natural killer cells, lymphocytes and macrophages.9


What does this all mean?

It essentially could act like an adaptogen for our immune-response in the sense that it prompts our immune system to react appropriately in response to a viral attack — not too much, not too little. 

The bottom line here is that while studies are still early, the potential lung-protective properties of black cumin are well worth your consideration.

We currently use Black Seed oil as a prophylactic for COVID -19 and for allergies, asthma and respiratory support.

Yours in health

Prof Sundardas D Annamalay

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ADHD Increases your Risk for these Physical Conditions

Although most are familiar with the common signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD (also called ADD)—including a short attention span, poor impulse control, hyperactivity, and challenges with staying organized—there is generally less awareness about potential physical conditions that can co-occur.

ADHD is often linked to psychiatric disorders, such as depression, and behavioral concerns like substance abuse, but there is also a greater risk surrounding dozens of physical consequences, which can range from weight gain to increased likelihood of traumatic brain injuries.

In a Swedish study published in The Lancet in 2021, researchers examined ADHD and its correlation with 35 physical conditions, split up into eight categories: circulatory, endocrine or metabolic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, nervous system, respiratory, and skin. Surprisingly, of the 35 conditions studied, ADHD increased the risk of 34 of them.

With an overall prevalence of adult ADHD at 4.4%, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, it’s important to understand these risks—and for those with ADHD to take steps toward improving their health to help prevent or treat these issues.

ADHD is often linked to psychiatric disorders, such as depression, and behavioral concerns like substance abuse, but there is also greater risk surrounding dozens of physical consequences.

PHYSICAL CONDITIONS RELATED TO ADHD

Researchers provided a breakdown of the physical conditions the Swedish study analyzed, utilizing millions of patient records over more than 6 decades. The circulatory category included hypertension, ischemic heart disease (heart problems associated with narrowed arteries), pulmonary disease, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Endocrine/metabolic conditions were type 1 and 2 diabetes, thyroid disorders, obesity, and gout. Gastrointestinal conditions were celiac disease, ulcer or chronic gastritis, acute appendicitis, fatty liver disease, alcohol-related liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and gallstone disease.

Under the umbrella of genitourinary were glomerular disease (which affects kidney function), urolithiasis (stones that enter the urinary system), and kidney infections.

Musculoskeletal conditions were rheumatoid arthritis, arthrosis (also called osteoarthritis), connective tissue disease, and dorsalgia (back pain). In the nervous system category, researchers looked at Parkinson’s disease, dementia, epilepsy, migraine, and sleep disorders, while respiratory covered asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and the skin conditions studied were eczema and psoriasis.

In this comprehensive study, the researchers found that those with ADHD “had significantly increased risk of all physical conditions except rheumatoid arthritis…compared with individuals without ADHD.” Among the different types of conditions, the strongest ADHD correlations were found with the following:

  • Alcohol-related liver disease
  • Sleep disorders
  • COPD
  • Epilepsy
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Obesity

Before this series of findings, other researchers had discovered similar links between ADHD and physical ailments. A 2017 study performed in Germany on ADHD-affected children from 5 to 14 years old showed that they were more at risk for a host of physical conditions: metabolic disorders, kidney failure, hypertension, obesity, type 1 and 2 diabetes, migraine, asthma, atopic dermatitis, juvenile arthritis, and glaucoma, to name a few. And another 2020 study in Scientific Reports on the association between ADHD and physical health suggested that those with ADHD “are susceptible to neurological problems” as well as digestive issues, potentially due to the role of the gut-brain axis in ADHD symptoms.

HOW TO IMPROVE HEALTH WITH ADHD

Unfortunately, several hallmark signs of ADHD can hamper the practice of engaging in ongoing healthcare, which is especially necessary for this population. For example, because people with ADHD have a tendency to procrastinate, they may put off doctor visits instead of being proactive and scheduling appointments. Poor impulse control can lead to consequences like unhealthy dietary choices or sexually transmitted infections. Lack of organization and/or follow-through can interfere with adhering to medication schedules, following medical advice, or attending necessary subsequent checkups.

Furthermore, with different types of ADD, not everyone experiences the same symptoms, so it’s important to narrow down how ADHD affects you—or your loved one—to enact the best health-promoting regimen. 

Because such an array of physical health conditions are more likely to develop in people with ADHD, regular health checks are especially important. Lifestyle choices—including a healthy diet, regular exercise, limiting screen time, and avoiding stimulants like nicotine and caffeine—can also improve feelings of well-being and will accumulate to create positive effects over the long haul.

After all, researchers have examined the link between ADHD and environmental factors, such as food additives like artificial dyes, the typical Western diet, mineral deficiencies, and even video game and TV exposure, any of which can also make their own contributions to a host of health issues.

Though ADHD presents plenty of psychological challenges that can make everyday routines more challenging, the physical conditions that can crop up—and may go unchecked—are just as serious. Studies have shown that those with ADHD have a lower life expectancy and are more than twice as likely to die early as those without the disorder, both due to accidents and co-existing health conditions. But by remaining a proactive participant in your own healthcare, you can help stave off the dozens of physical effects that are possible accompaniments to this complex condition.

Yours in Health

Prof Sundardas D Annamalay

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The GutBrain Healing online programme with Naturopath Dr Sundardas D Annamalay is a holistic, 6 module kick starter programme for you to rebalance your gut health. Through easy to follow video content with a sound scientific basis, participants are educated on the foundational underpinnings of gut health. By doing so you’ll optimise your immune system, digestion & weight management. You will also get rid of symptoms that have been plaguing you all your life.  Here’s to a healthy Gut!

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