January 2009 - To Your Health
An exciting, tumultuous year has passed and I have great expectations about 2009. Do you? In this newsletter I present an unusual testimonial, plus important information on HypnoBirthing® and on how Vitamin D3 influences our immune system as well as natural remedies to support it.
Blessings, joy and love in 2009!
To Your Health,
Testimonial: A Beautiful Story about My Cat and a Neighbor!
Do you think animals are our angels?
I have a cat named Willow, whom we adopted 4 years ago. Willow has always been a wanderer even though she was declawed when we adopted her. We tried to keep her from roaming to no avail. Then she disappeared. I was distraught. A few days later, a beautiful young woman who lived only a block away knocked on our door and asked us if we had lost a cat. Yes, we said. She told us that Willow had showed up on her doorstep one day, and she thought that she was lost or abandoned. She took her to the vet for a checkup and then fed her and put her on Craigslist for lost animals. When she found Willow asleep in our carport one day, she came to our house. That is just the beginning of this story!
We brought Willow back home, but she kept going back to her “new” home. Meanwhile, Lilly (not her real name) and I became friends. I told her that I did not mind Willow being at her house, but I needed to bring her enzymes and thyroid glandular to her “new” home because Willow had been very sick when we first adopted her. This started a discussion about enzymes and thyroid.
Several emails later, Lilly started asking me questions about my work and told me of her deep depression and the drug she was taking that really didn’t help. She became a client, and in the line that asks, “Who referred you?” on the health history form, she wrote, “Your cat!”
To make a long story short, Lilly dumped her drug (even though I told her not to) and followed my nutritional program faithfully. Her biggest issue was that she was not sure she could become a happy person, but she was very motivated to self-heal. She had serious withdrawal effects from stopping the antidepressant. But gradually over a few weeks, she began feeling better and happier, and she developed more faith that she could heal and become what she said was a “normal” person. I recommended PAN, a multiple digestive enzyme; Adr, commonly needed by people who are prone to depression, stress, insomnia and moodiness; Rhodiola, which is recommended for people to relieve depression and improve memory, stamina and energy; and hormonal balancing with thyroid glandular, oral 10% progesterone in natural vitamin E and pregnenolone. I also gave her Bach Flower remedies for depression, known and unknown fears, relief of suicidal thoughts and other issues.
Here is what she wrote to me recently:
“I think about how we met and what a weird coincidence that you live right across the alley from us and I would have never known it except for Willow (who is snoring on her fluffy blanket as we speak). For the first time in MONTHS, I am actually leaving my house to go spend time with friends and enjoying it instead of having to force myself. It feels bizarre to be this excited about life. I must say I feel wonderful. I am still in awe — so this is how ‘normal’ people feel. I also noticed that I am so much more confident; it's incredible to me how something like the thyroid could have this much influence on things. I have not felt this great in, I think, forever!”
“I was talking to my boyfriend yesterday, and he said ‘I feel like I am falling in love with you all over again,’ because he didn't know me when I was still ‘normal.’ (I started the really BAD depression a few months before I met him.) He's definitely proven himself by sticking with me through all of this! Bless your heart for making this happen.”
Today, several months later, she still has ups and downs, but now knows that she can be happy and that her down days are temporary.
A problem is only a problem if we say it is. And a problem is not the problem — how we react to the problem is the problem. — Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len
Baby Bits: HypnoBirthing, The Mongan Method – Part I
HypnoBirthing— The Mongan Method, was developed by U.S. award-winning hypnotherapist, Marie Mongan. It’s a unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth education enhanced by self-hypnosis techniques. It allows women to have a safer, easier and more comfortable pregnancy and birthing. Pregnancy, childbirth, pre-birth parenting and the baby’s pre-born consciousness are all addressed. There are five 1 ˝-hour classes or a series of four 3-hour classes. Childbirth educators certified in the Mongan method also do individual counseling.
"We believe that every woman has within her the power to call upon her natural instincts to bring about the best possible birthing for her baby and herself." — Marie F. Mongan
HypnoBirthing® mothers are making choices and creating change!
· In 2007 15.5% of U.S. HypnoBirthing® mothers birthed via C-section, compared to the national average of 32%.
12% of HypnoBirthing® mothers chose to birth in the comfort of their homes. The national average is less than 1%.
6% of HypnoBirthing® mothers chose to birth in freestanding birth centers. The national average is less than 1%.
Over 70% of HypnoBirthing® mothers birthing vaginally had unmedicated births.
I became interested in HypnoBirthing when I met a childbirth educator, Sharon Molony, from Australia during a visit to the Bay Area, California. I mentioned how my daughter and many of her friends suffered greatly during their pregnancy with morning sickness and some of them had very painful childbirth experiences. I asked Sharon to tell me one of her experiences with a pregnant woman who suffered from morning sickness. Sharon believes that morning sickness is a physical problem, not just psychosomatic, and she thinks it is rooted in how a woman responds to hormones during pregnancy. Here is her story:
Sharon Molony’s Case History
“The client I worked with suffered with severe morning sickness and was a young woman (late 20's) having her first baby. She was vomiting all day and half the night, unable to keep anything down, even water. By 8 weeks pregnant, she had had to resign from her job, and she couldn't even do the grocery shopping for fear of vomiting in the supermarket. After our first session of hypnotherapy, she had no vomiting or nausea for about 8 days, but then the symptoms returned. She was amazed at the relief during that time.
“Over the next few months I saw her for brief (30 min) sessions twice a week. Over time, we got her vomiting down to once a day, and then it disappeared altogether, although the nausea remained. We kept on working together and eventually the nausea was reduced to a manageable level. By 6 months, she was nausea free.
I have worked successfully with other clients suffering from the debilitating effects of severe hyperemesis. It is not that the condition is psychosomatic, as is commonly believed by the medical profession. However, the mind is a very powerful creative tool that can modify the physiology in the body. Hence it is possible to draw on that creative level of mind to find relief from the symptoms.”
For more information:
56 Illuta St, Rasmussen, Qld, 4815, Australia. Ph: 07 4789 3931.
Vitamin D3 and Your Immune System
From Virology Journal 2008, 5:29doi:10.1186/1743-422X-5-29
On the Epidemiology of Influenza http://www.virologyj.com/content/5/1/29
The references below are from the original article.
The crucial role of vitamin D in the innate immune system was discovered only very recently [33,34]. The production of antimicrobial substances by both epithelial cells and macrophages depends upon the presence of vitamin D. Other vitamin D pathways are also involved in an immune system response to pathogenic microbes.
Vitamin D appears to both enhance the local capacity of the epithelium to produce endogenous antibiotics and — at the same time — dampen certain arms of the adaptive immune response, especially those responsible for the signs and symptoms of acute inflammation, such as the cytokine storms operative when influenza kills quickly.
Because humans obtain most vitamin D from sun exposure and not from diet, a varying percentage of the population is vitamin D deficient, at any time, during any season, at any latitude, although the percentage is higher in the winter, in the aged, in the obese, in the sun-deprived, in the dark-skinned and in more poleward populations [40,41]. However, seasonal variation of vitamin D levels even occur around the equator , and widespread vitamin D deficiency can occur at equatorial latitudes , probably due to sun avoidance , rainy seasons  and air pollution .
How Much Vitamin D3?
From the Vitamin D Newsletter: http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/newsletter/2008-july.shtml
You can purchase the 1000 IU/day vitamin D3 cholecalciferol pills that are available over-the-counter in North America. Take an average of two pills a day (50 ug or 2,000 IU) year around if you have some sun exposure. If you have little or no sun exposure, you will need to take more than 2,000 IU per day — how much more depends on your latitude of residence, skin pigmentation and body weight. Generally speaking, the further you live away from the equator, the darker your skin and the more you weigh, the more you will have to take to maintain healthy blood levels. For example, Dr. Cannell lives at latitude 32 degrees, weighs 220 pounds and has fair skin. In the late fall and winter he takes 5,000 IU per day, in the early fall and spring he takes 2,000 IU per day, and in the summer he regularly sunbathes for a few minutes most days, and thus takes no vitamin D most days in the summer. The only way you can know how much vitamin D you need to take is by repeatedly getting your blood tested, called a 25(OH)D test: http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/reference/glossary-%23.shtml#hydtest to see what you need to do to keep your level around 50 ng/mL.
Infants and Children
Infants and children under the age of one, should obtain a total of 1,000 IU (25 mcg) per day from their formula, sun exposure or supplements. As most breast milk contains little or no vitamin D, breast-fed babies should take 1,000 IU per day as a supplement unless they are exposed to sunlight. The only exception to this are lactating mothers who either get enough sun exposure or take enough vitamin D (usually 4,000–6,000 IU per day) to produce breast milk that is rich in vitamin D. Formula fed babies should take an extra 600 IU per day until they are weaned and then take 1,000 IU a day, as advised below.
Children over the age of 1 year, and less than 4 years of age, should take 1,500 IU vitamin D per day, depending on body weight, latitude or residence, skin pigmentation and sun exposure. Children over the age of 4, and less than 10 years of age, should take 2,000 IU per day, unless they get significant sun exposure. On the days they are outside in the sun, they do not need to take any; in the winter they will need to take 2,000 IU every day. Children over the age of 10 years old should follow instructions for adults detailed above.
Maintaining Vitamin D3 Levels
If you are suffering from any of the diseases associated with vitamin D deficiency you need to be under the care of a knowledgeable physician. Your physician needs to replete your vitamin D system with sunlight, artificial light, oral vitamin D or a combination of the three, while treating your vitamin D deficiency illnesses using conventional means. Regardless of the method used, we believe your physician should be certain your 25(OH)D levels are maintained between 35–65 ng/mL.
For those who do not fear the sun, judiciously expose as much skin as possible to direct midday sunlight for 1/4 the time it takes for one's skin to turn red during those months when the proper ultraviolet light occurs at one's latitude (usually late spring, summer and early fall). Do not get sunburned. Vitamin D production is already maximized before your skin turns pink and further exposure does not increase levels of vitamin D. Dark skinned people may need five to ten times longer in the sun than white people, depending on skin type. After several months of judicious sun exposure, a 25(OH)D level should again be obtained to ensure levels between 35–65 ng/mL.
Several artificial light sources are commercially available that provide the proper wavelength for vitamin D production. Sperti makes a good UVB lamp (http://sperti.com/) and even has data available on the vitamin D production of its sunlamps.
Natural vitamin D3 — cholecalciferol — is the preferred oral form of vitamin D, as it is the compound your skin makes naturally when you go in the sun. It is much safer than the synthetic analog, ergocalciferol — vitamin D2. “Vitamin D2 is made from ergosterol, a fungal steroid. It is the form of vitamin D used in prescriptions in North America. Synthetic vitamin D2 was first produced in the 1920s through ultraviolet exposure of foods. The process was patented and licensed to drug companies for use in prescription vitamins. The vitamin D that is added to milk is vitamin D2.” (Dr. Ray Peat). Cholecalciferol is 1.7 times more efficient at raising 25(OH)D levels than is ergocalciferol.
See my Vitamin D3 article for more information: http://www.litalee.com/shopexd.asp?id=392
Natural Substances to Help Prevent Flu, Influenza and Other Health Problems
Botanicals and natural substances that support your immune system
Thera-zyme Enzymes (follow your symptoms)
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