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Indian Gooseberry Health Benefits

Indian gooseberry health benefits

Indian Gooseberry Health Benefits

We are, admittedly, latecomers to recognize Indian gooseberry health benefits. Luckily people like Dr. Michael Greger and the scientists behind the research he reviews are not. Based on Dr. Greger’s insightful articles / videos, we wanted to understand more about the Indian gooseberry, or Amla, and found this nice overview of Amla on Organic Facts to share with you.

The Indian Gooseberry belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family. This fruit ripens in the autumn in wet, forest, hilly areas on the Indian subcontinent and is considered as a sacred tree in India. The fruit is very nourishing, but it tastes sour. Both, dried and fresh fruits can be consumed for their respective health benefits.

It provides remedies for a lot of diseases and so it is widely used in Ayurvedic treatments. Gooseberry is very rich in vitamin C and contains many minerals and vitamins like calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, and vitamin B complex. It is also a powerful antioxidant agent.

Many health problems are caused by oxidative damage (when body cells use oxygen, they produce by-products called free radicals that can cause damage). Antioxidant agents prevent and repair these damages. Vitamin C is a good antioxidant agent, which makes gooseberries a powerful tool against a variety of conditions, including various types of cancer.

Source: 13 Amazing Benefits of Amla or Indian Gooseberry | Organic Facts

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Global meeting including integrative medicine pioneers calls for “wellness moonshot”

Wellness Moonshot

Wellness MoonshotNo disrespect to former US Vice President Biden but if we are going to have a “moonshot” in healthcare then why not prevent the preventable? A Wellness Moonshot would focus on preventing infectious and Lifestyle diseases. Not only are these good odds but they cost pennies on the dollar and help people avoid illness in the first place!

“It’s the right idea at the right time,” said pioneering integrative cardiologist Dean Ornish, MD. He was speaking of the “Wellness Moonshot – A World Free of Preventable Disease” launched at the annual meeting of the Global Wellness Institute (GWI). “It is a much needed, organized way to create transformation. It’s the right idea at the right time.”

Ornish was not the only voice associated with the integrative health world cited in GWI’s media release on the initiative. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show and a surgery professor at Columbia University, urged the crowd of roughly 600 largely business leaders in health and wellness toward a deep commitment: “We have to be brave enough to take on this moonshot – we need to really accelerate (the focus on prevention).”

Susie Ellis, the chair and CEO of the not-for-profit GWI cast the campaign in bold terms: ““The time has come to pool our resources—knowledge, access, funding—and use our collective megaphone on the world stage to work towards achieving a world free of preventable disease. Unlike President Kennedy’s famous moonshot to send a man to the moon, where it was clear when the ‘mission was accomplished’ – this moonshot will require not one, but many incremental steps forward for humankind.”

Source: Global meeting including integrative medicine pioneers calls for “wellness moonshot” – Integrative Practitioner

An Investment in Health… Not Medicine

Clinical factors determine 6-20% of our health yet we spend 90% of our “health care” dollars for clinical expenses (in case you didn’t know read this). There is an epidemic of chronic diseases throughout the US and other Western countries. 80% of those chronic diseases could be prevented with better Lifestyle decisions (in case you didn’t know read this). Medicine is good and necessary but medicine is not the only thing that determines our health. The US relies on clinical treatments that have been widely ineffective in treating Lifestyle diseases. So we just call them “chronic” illnesses and move on instead of investing in their prevention… resources for Lifestyle management, proper food on our tables, even simple awareness and support. As Susie Ellis said, a Wellness Moonshot will take “many incremental steps forward for humankind.” Let’s go!!!

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Amla’s Benefits For Cholesterol And More

Amla’s Benefits

Amla's Benefits
Amla, the Indian Gooseberry

First, what is this “amla” thing and second what kind of benefits? Amla is simply a variety of gooseberry that is native to India. Amla’s benefits? Numerous!

Occasionally we bump into something new that has real health potential and we are excited to try it. Sometimes we hear great insights about a food or therapy from a notable source that reinforces what we know. This is a time when a respected healthcare professional, Michael Greger, M.D., spoke about amla!

“Medicinal plants are [said to be] nature’s gift to human beings to promote a disease free healthy life”—here in reference to amla, a fruit, the Indian gooseberry, described as an “Ayurvedic wonder.” You hear a lot of that larger-than-life talk about amla coming out of Indian medical journals. Who can forget “Amla…, a wonder berry in the treatment and prevention of cancer.” Amla is so revered that you find serious scientists, at serious academic institutions, in serious peer-reviewed medical journals, making statements like this: “[E]very part of the [Indian gooseberry] plant has its unique therapeutic characteristic for the remedy of almost all the ailments…[and] can be adopted as a [bold italic] single bullet [against disease].” Okay, then.

So, here’s this fruit that has enjoyed “a hallowed position in Ayurveda,” the ancient system of medicine in India—so hallowed that it was mythologically pegged as “the first tree…in the universe.” So, for thousands of years—before we even knew what an antioxidant was—they were revering this plant that just so happens to turn out to be the most antioxidant-packed fruit on the planet Earth. Okay, you got my attention. But, I still needed to see it put to the test.

Well, indigenous tribal healers used amla to treat diabetes. So, researchers decided to give it a try. This is the study that originally bowled me over. In fact, it was the subject of one of my first NutritionFacts videos over five years ago: the effect of amla fruit on the blood sugars and cholesterol levels of normal subjects and type 2 diabetic patients. In my video, I talked about the jaw-dropping effects of five cents’ worth of this powdered fruit— five pennies’ worth—compared to a diabetes drug. But, what about the cholesterol effects?

If you take healthy individuals and give them a placebo sugar pill, nothing much happens to their cholesterol. Ideally, we want our total cholesterol under 150. This was a pretty healthy group; the average cholesterol in the U.S. is over 200, which is where the diabetics started out in this study. And, when you give them placebo pills, nothing much happens either. But, give people just about a half-teaspoon of amla powder a day—not some extract or something, just dried Indian gooseberries, a powdered fruit, and this is what happens. That’s like a 35-45% drop in three weeks—absolutely astounding. That’s the kind of thing we see like six months after putting people on statin drugs.

Source:  The Best Food for High Cholesterol

Just a Taste of Amla

If you haven’t watched to Dr. Greger’s video (The Best Food for High Cholesterol) we highly recommend it! Amla’s benefits cover a range of chronic illnesses (as well as elephant flatulence and hair loss). Dr. Greger does a particularly good job of walking through various published studies that provide insights on amla. Yeah… we just ordered some!

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As demand in La Crosse area grows, Gundersen promotes integrative medicine options

Gundersen Integrative Medicine

Gundersen Integrative Medicine
ONALASKA — Rebecca Murphy stopped by the Gundersen Health System clinic Wednesday looking for new ways to cope with shoulder pain.

Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI held an open house to promote awareness of its therapies. Local residents were able to get information and even demonstrations of Gundersen integrative medicine potential for their health.

During the open house, prospective patients were able to speak with the center’s medical staff and ask questions about the different techniques. La Crosse residents Judy and Jim Oestreich stopped by as they were curious about different ways they could help manage their arthritis pain.

Judy said she was interested in learning about what benefits there were to using health supplements, as well as what kinds of therapies are covered by insurance and their costs. She was also excited after learning about how essential oils work and thought they might make a good topical relief option for her and her husband’s arthritis symptoms.

“Some of the old ways are making a comeback,” Jim said.

These techniques are mainly used for helping to manage pain and stress. Essential oils are also good for helping with sleep or smoking cessation programs, said Dr. Jill McMullen, an integrative and holistic medicine practitioner.

People are becoming more and more aware that healing doesn’t take place on the outside but from the inside, she said. One of the things she enjoys most working patients at the center is helping people improve or maintain their good health.

“It is about trying to be more proactive than reactive,” she said. “It’s about treating the person rather than responding to a symptom.”

Source: As demand in La Crosse area grows, Gundersen promotes integrative medicine options

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VR and Magnetic Fields Help Anxiety

Magnetic Fields Help Anxiety

Magnetic Fields Help AnxietyAnxiety can be a crippling disorder. When we think about the role of electric current in the body, it might not be so surprising that magnetic fields help anxiety.

Using a combination of transcranial magnetic stimulation and virtual reality, researchers have helped to reduce anxiety in people with panic disorders.

During transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a magnetic coil is placed near the head of the person receiving the treatment. The coil produces a rapidly changing magnetic field which sends magnetic pulses through the cranium into the brain. There it triggers an action potential in the neurons and the neuron transmits an impulse. Although the technique has been around for a few decades only, it is routinely used in research and diagnostics.

“We knew from previous studies that a specific region in the frontal lobe of the human brain is important for unlearning anxiety,” Martin J. Herrmann explains the work of the Würzburg scientists. He goes on to say that initial studies have shown that magnetically stimulating this brain region can improve the effectiveness of unlearning anxiety responses in the laboratory. In its recently published study, the team investigated whether this also works for treating a fear of heights.

The scientists stimulated the frontal lobe of some of the anxiety patients for about 20 minutes before entering the virtual world; the other group was only administered a pseudo stimulation. The result: “The findings demonstrate that all participants benefit considerably from the therapy in virtual reality and the positive effects of the intervention are still clearly visible even after three months,” Herrmann explains. And what is more: By stimulating the frontal lobe, the therapy response is accelerated.

Source: Magnetic Fields to Alleviate Anxiety

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Urgent Need for Improved Mental Health Care and a More Collaborative Model of Care

Collaborative Holistic Care

Collaborative Holistic CareThere has been a chasm between physical health and mental health for years. Our family has never understood this. Patient Engagement relies on a collaborative holistic care approach. However, we continue to see further dissection of the human condition into a pill for this and an injection for that, not collaborative holistic care for the whole person by his/her entire care team. For true healthcare, we must be more inclusive and valuing. We must create not Value Based Care but Care Based on Values… for the whole person, his/her world, for social determinants of health like employment and relationships as well as nutrition, proper exercise, mindfulness and more. Not only are consumers like you moving to collaborative holistic Care Based on Values but many in the current sick care industry like Kaiser Permanente also see this.

Current treatments and the dominant model of mental health care do not adequately address the complex challenges of mental illness, which accounts for roughly one-third of adult disability globally. These circumstances call for radical change in the paradigm and practices of mental health care, including improving standards of clinician training, developing new research methods, and re-envisioning current models of mental health care delivery. Because of its dominant position in the US health care marketplace and its commitment to research and innovation, Kaiser Permanente (KP) is strategically positioned to make important contributions that will shape the future of mental health care nationally and globally.

This article reviews challenges facing mental health care and proposes an agenda for developing a collaborative care model in primary care settings that incorporates conventional biomedical therapies and complementary and alternative medicine approaches. By moving beyond treatment delivery via telephone and secure video and providing earlier interventions through primary care clinics, KP is shifting the paradigm of mental health care to a collaborative care model focusing on prevention. Recommendations are to expand current practices to include integrative treatment strategies incorporating evidence-based biomedical and complementary and alternative medicine modalities that can be provided to patients using a collaborative care model. Recommendations also are made for an internal research program aimed at investigating the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of promising complementary and alternative medicine and integrative treatments addressing the complex needs of patients with severe psychiatric disorders, many of whom respond poorly to treatments available in KP mental health clinics.

Increasing Use of Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care

In the context of the limitations of available conventional biomedical treatments, accumulating research findings are providing evidence for both safety and efficacy of select complementary and alternative (CAM) treatments of depressed mood, anxiety, and other mental health problems, including select pharmaceutical-grade natural products, lifestyle modifications (Lifestyle Medicine), mind-body approaches, and nonallopathic whole-system approaches such as traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. Examples of natural supplements being investigated as nonpharmacologic therapies include S-adenosyl methionine for depressed mood; the adjunctive use of nutraceuticals (ie, botanicals and other natural product supplements) in combination with psychotropics such as omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid (especially its active form l-methyl-folinic acid), 5-hydroxytryptophan, and n-acetyl cysteine for mood disorders; a standardized extract of the herbal kava; and the amino acid l-theanine. In addition to nutraceuticals, evidence is emerging in support of acupuncture for treatment of generalized anxiety and depressed mood, and of mindfulness training for improvement of negative symptoms of schizophrenia, anxiety, and mood disorders. Lifestyle modifications such as regular exercise, healthy diet, sufficient sleep, and reducing alcohol and nicotine use also enhance mental and emotional well-being while reducing the relapse risk for many psychiatric disorders. The concept of a wellness-focused model of mental health care gained momentum in 2011 with publication of the UK Public Health White Paper emphasizing the fundamental importance of prevention and health improvement through lifestyle changes. Large population surveys confirm that consumer use of CAM globally has remained high and in some countries has steadily increased; however, estimates of CAM use vary significantly with respect to how CAM is defined. In this broad context uses of CAM to treat mental illness are growing rapidly. Survey findings suggest that 43% of patients with an anxiety disorder and 53% of depressed individuals use 1 or more CAM treatments. Individuals with severe mental illnesses who use CAM therapies to treat their symptoms feel strongly that such nonpharmacologic treatments improve their physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual functioning; reduce the severity of their symptoms; and enhance overall wellness. Widespread use of CAM by patients who are concurrently receiving conventional treatments such as psychotropic medications and psychotherapy is driving a trend toward increasingly integrative mental health care in North America, Europe, Australia, and other world regions. Findings of a survey published by the Bravewell Collaborative support that integrative treatment strategies incorporating pharmaceuticals and evidence-based CAM therapies are often beneficial for common medical and psychiatric disorders, and this survey highlights depressed mood and anxiety as among the top 5 health concerns for which CAM and integrative approaches are most beneficial.

Source: Urgent Need for Improved Mental Health Care and a More Collaborative Model of Care

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Alternative medicine, conventional settings

Alternative Medicine Is Complementary

Alternative Medicine Is ComplementaryThere has been an evolution in US consumer attitudes around health and a revolution in consumer actions. Therapies that have produced results for centuries and millennia like acupuncture, yoga, and tai chi now appear in conventional medicine. Once separated from mainstream medicine, alternative medicine is complementary to many conventional practices.

Health systems add alternative therapies to traditional offerings.

How about laughter yoga to help lower your blood pressure? Or acupuncture to help manage chronic lower back pain? Expectant moms can take advantage of aromatherapy to help elevate mood and feel comfortable and calm. You might even find that most of these therapies are covered by your health insurance.

These alternatives and others, sometimes referred to as complementary or integrative medicine, are finding homes regionally in more conventional settings at Essentia and St. Luke’s health systems. It’s a local trend that reflects what’s happening nationally. This is occurring even while some in the medical industry say these therapies have little or no scientific backing.

Dr. Steven Novella, a professor of neurology at the Yale School of Medicine, said in the article that by promoting such therapies, physicians are forfeiting “any claim that we had to being a science-based profession.”

At the same time, the article does acknowledge, “modern medicine clearly can’t cure everyone,” and quotes Dr. Linda Lee, a gastroenterologist at Johns Hopkins. “Yes, as scientists we want to be rigid. But me, as a physician, I want to find what’s best for a patient. Who am I to say that’s hogwash?”

Lee, and several local health system sources, also note that most of these alternative therapies supplement, but don’t necessarily replace, conventional treatments. In addition, sources say these therapies are gaining acceptance by the medical community, health insurance plans and, maybe most importantly, the public.

Source: Alternative medicine, conventional settings

You Have Been Heard!

Consumers have been silent partners in conventional Western medicine for decades. In the early 1900’s the leading causes of death and infirmity were infectious diseases (like pneumonia) and trauma (like injuries from accidents). Following “doctor’s orders” made sense to treat these curable condition. In the 2000’s, however, we face an epidemic of chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Unlike the health issues of the early 1900’s, 80% of chronic diseases can be prevented with Lifestyle choices like diet, mindfulness, social interactions, and more. Consumers now look for more in their Lifestyle. They want “clean foods” and yoga and acupuncture… not just pills and procedures.  With consumer demand, alternative medicine is complementary throughout the US healthcare system, whether national payers or local providers.

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Wing Chun May Strengthen Older Adults, Reports Study

Wing Chun Strengthens Older Adults

Wing Chun Strengthens Older AdultsAnyone who has watched a kung fu movie has probably seen the student practicing on a wooden dummy. Working at different speeds, the student lifts the pegs that represent arms and delivers various punch combinations. It is relaxing just to watch. However, this is not limited to young students who seek to become kung fu masters. Wing Chun strengthens older adults as well.

According to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, wing chun may strengthen older adults.

As we age, exercise becomes more important, not only for a fit body, but also for daily energy, strength, clarity of mind, and a mood; exercise prevents illness, keeps us functional, lengthens life. So why don’t we get enough? It’s not only because we’re lazy comfort-loving creatures ;-). Some of us are easily bored and find running and weight-lifting repetitive and unengaging mentally.

What’s more, the older we get, the more likely we are to suffer from joint problems and muscle deterioration, which ironically, make it difficult to do to the very exercises necessary to avoid those problems! Developing enjoyable and therapeutic ways for older adults to get enough of the right kinds of exercise is an urgent problem, especially as people live longer, and not exercising can easily snow-ball in to long-term health decline with its accompanying reduction in quality of life and life-span.

Source: Wing Chun May Strengthen Older Adults, Reports Study

Meet People Where They Are

A common challenge for exercise is not only to find time and motivation but also deal with the impact on our bodies. Wrestling, football, lacrosse are much more likely for high school students than senior citizens. We need more exercises that provide benefit for mind and body (and arguably spirit) without the risks of injury. As the West continues to explore centuries-old Eastern practices like tai chi, qi gong, and yoga we should be aware of other possibilities like wing chun.

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Music At The End Of Life- brings healing, comfort to the dying

Music At The End Of Life

Music At The End Of Life

It is wonderful that we are rediscovering the power of music at the end of life.

Hospitals are not the most relaxing places for people nearing the end of life. The intensive-care units, lobbies and hospital wards are full of glaring bright lights and institutional noises.

In this stressful environment, music can be the great equalizer. The soothing sounds can bring peace and calmness. Music can help defuse the tension felt by anxious patients and their families. Today, in many of the San Francisco Bay Area’s major medical centers, musicians are playing in hospital lobbies and at the bedside.

“One of the hottest topics is music and the brain,” says Judith-Kate Friedman, a professional songwriter who works with seniors. “Music lights up the brain more than almost any other human activity.”

Music at the end of life is an ancient tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages, when 11th century Benedictine monks used music as part of their deathbed vigils.

Those practices fell out of favor as monasteries disappeared with the coming of the Reformation and the Industrial Age.

But today, music at the end of life is making a comeback. Many Bay Area medical professionals now recognize the benefits of live music played at the bedside. And in some of the area’s leading hospices now have volunteer musicians playing music for their patients.

Source:  Music brings healing, comfort to the dying

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Wellbeing enhanced more by places than objects, study finds

Location Affects Wellbeing

Location Affects WellbeingLocation matters. Whether looking for a home, a school, a job we care about location. Just imagine some of your favorite vistas, a mountain top view, standing on the ocean’s shore, your favorite produce stand (or pizza shop). Where we are certainly affects who we are. That location affects wellbeing has been intuitive for years. Now science gives us more on this link to wellbeing.

The poet WHAuden is credited with first coining the word “topophilia” to describe a strong emotional pull to a special place.

Now scientific research, using cutting-edge brain imaging, suggests Auden was on to something. According to a study commissioned by the National Trust, people experience intense feelings of wellbeing, contentment and belonging from places that evoke positive memories far more than treasured objects such as photographs or wedding rings.

A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) study commissioned by the NT set out to “understand this visceral but intangible feeling more deeply”.

The NT report, Places That Make Us, commissioned Surrey University academics and research experts to conduct fMRI scans as well as in-depth interviews with volunteers, and an online survey of 2,000 people, about their special places.

“Working with leading researchers and academics, and using cutting-edge fMRI brain technology, we examined how places affect people, how they become special and why we feel a pull towards them,” said Nino Strachey, head of research for the NT.

It found places that are intensely meaningful invoke a sense of calm, space to think and a feeling of completeness.

Source: Wellbeing enhanced more by places than objects, study finds

Location, Location, Location

In a stress-filled, fast-paced world it is meaningful to know that locations can soothe jangled nerves. Vacation should not just be about where you are not (i.e., the office) but where you are. What locations give you a sense of calm? What will it take for you to visit one of those locations? Remember, locations do not have to be exotic… they have to be meaningful to you.

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