Heavy metals create heavy hearts

by Dr. Paul Stallone

Risk factors for cardiovascular disease Nine out of 10 heart disease patients have at least one risk factor. Several medical conditions and lifestyle choices can put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including: • High cholesterol • High blood pressure • Diabetes • Cigarette smoking • Excess weight and obesity • Poor diet • Physical inactivity • Alcohol use Source: Centers for Disease Control.

High blood pressure, coronary heart disease (heart attack and chest pain), stroke and congestive heart failure are all forms of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and according to the American Heart Association, about 62 million Americans have some form of it. Most people are unaware that 150 years ago, heart disease was almost unheard of. Stressful lifestyles, processed foods, environmental toxins and obesity have all played a part in fostering this deadly disease.

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. and around the world. The treatment of CVD accounts for nearly $100 billion dollars spent annually, with coronary artery bypass as the most frequently prescribed surgical procedure. Every year, approximately 1.5 million Americans suffer heart attacks.

A lot of money is spent trying to treat CVD, but little is allocated to prevent this disease. The solution, however, is not expensive surgeries, complex procedures or prescription drugs to combat a lifetime of poor diet, poor lifestyle decisions, toxic exposure to environmental pollutants and disrupted hormonal balance. To reduce the overall incidence of CVD and death, treatment needs to start well before the end stages of the disease.

One approach that has many people excited relates to heavy metal exposure. Some metals are found naturally in the body and are essential for great health. For example, iron prevents anemia, and zinc is a cofactor in more than 100 enzyme reactions. Normally, these two trace metals occur at low concentrations; however, in high doses they can be toxic to the body or produce deficiencies in other trace metals.

In today’s industrial society, there is no escaping exposure to toxic metals. Chronic exposure may come from mercury-amalgam dental fillings, chemical residues in processed foods and lead in paint, tap water and personal care products such as cosmetics, shampoo, hair products, mouthwash, toothpaste, soap, etc. Exposure to heavy metals has climbed significantly in the last 50 years as a result of an exponential increase in the use of them in industrial processes and products.

Heavy metals accumulate in organs, bone and tissue, instead of being expelled by the body. In chelation therapy, a chelating agent chemically binds with metals or chemical toxins and flushes them from the body. The chelating agent actually surrounds a metal ion and passes it from the body through the urine and/or feces.

Heavy metals can have an effect on every system in the body, and symptoms can vary greatly. The heart is vulnerable to the consequences of exposure to heavy metals. Stiffening of the arteries has been repeatedly linked to an overexposure to heavy metals, which can lead to hypertension (high blood pressure). This can, in turn, lead to an overworked, exhausted heart.

Chelation can also reduce calcium plaque buildup on arterial walls. These compromised, narrowed arteries can be found throughout the body and can affect blood flow, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to every cell, tissue, gland, organ and system. Chelation reaches and benefits every blood vessel in the body, from the largest artery to the tiniest capillary.

Toxic metals can increase allergic reactions, cause genetic mutation, battle with good trace metals for biochemical bond sites and act as antibiotics, killing both harmful and beneficial bacteria.

As patients spread the word about the wonders of chelation, more health websites are promoting the oral use of chelation supplements. Although chelation can be a life-saving treatment, anyone interested in this therapy should discuss treatment options with a knowledgeable and skilled physician.

It is critical when addressing cardiovascular health to accurately measure current status and levels. These results are then crafted into an effective treatment or preventative plan and are used to track progress. Testing is critical.

Chelation may help treat a number of debilitating symptoms. Such treatment can be preventative if administered before toxicity exposure reaches dangerous levels. Schedule an appointment to learn why this treatment is getting attention and saving lives around the world.

Paul Stallone, N.M.D., founded the Arizona Integrative Medical Center, located at 8144 E. Cactus Road, Ste. 820, Scottsdale, Ariz. He combines natural, alternative and conventional treatments to best fit each patient’s needs. www.drstallone.com or 480-214-3922.

Reflexology for Health

by Dr. Larry Wilson

Foot and hand reflexology is an ancient and profound type of healing therapy that is extremely safe, simple and effective. The technique consists of firmly rubbing the feet or hands in particular ways.
Zone therapy is another term that is used to mean reflexology, as is the term acupressure. However, acupressure (which refers to the stimulation of various acupuncture meridians using pressure over the acupuncture points) is actually not the proper terminology. Reflexology works with a different system of channels that carry subtle energy throughout the body. For this reason, it is often referred to as channel therapy.
The reflex channels are a system of tiny tubes or energy channels that run vertically down the front and up the back of the body along its entire length. They connect to all organs, glands and tissues within human and animal bodies. The channels turn around at the feet and hands, which is why rubbing these locations is especially helpful. By stimulating the entire channel to empty or open, this action will move energy along the channel.
According to the theory of reflexology, thousands of these ultra-microscopic channels run the entire length of the body, although they cannot be seen under a microscope. They are arranged in bundles that connect to each toe and finger.
Each part of the feet and hands — top, bottom and sides — corresponds to a particular organ, gland or area of the body. For example, the large toe and all of the toes, to some degree, correspond or reflex to the head. The arch of the foot reflexes (corresponds) to the spine. The middle of the foot corresponds to the trunk and internal organs.
As you rub various parts of the feet or hands, sometimes you can feel bits of hard, sand-like crystals. This is a kind of sediment that builds up in the channels. When it is removed by rubbing properly, the channel opens or empties, and energy flows to the organ or gland to which the channel is connected. It is a complex system, but simple to work with.
The reflex channels are a very profound aspect of human physiology that are not well understood. For this reason (and perhaps others), this method is unfortunately not taught, used or recommended enough by the medical or even the holistic healing professions. However, all can use it and enjoy amazing health benefits.
When to use reflexology
Over the past 30 years, I have found that hand and foot reflexology is a wonderfully safe and effective method of healing. In addition, it is easy to do anywhere and can be done by almost anyone, including a child. In fact, it is great for babies who are not feeling well, for children, teenagers and the elderly. Babies and children, and even teens, often love a foot rub. It is also a nonsexual, but rather intimate and helpful way to connect with others.
No formal training is needed, although some instruction can be helpful. Many books and courses are available to teach its use. This article provides useful tips to help you get started. Depending upon where you live, you may also find a professional who offers this therapy.
Emergencies — Reflexology can be used for emergencies and may even save a life if used during a heart attack, stroke, shock or hemorrhage.
Chronic health conditions — Reflexology is an excellent treatment for chronic conditions, ranging from constipation, pain and subluxation of joints, to very serious conditions as well.
Healing reactions and toxin removal — Reflexology can help to remove all toxins and infections from the body. Certain channels of energy can be opened to improve your health status permanently and promote mental or spiritual development.
How to get started
The main thing you will need is a map of the feet and hands. These are available online and in health food stores.
In addition, certain stores sell reflexology implements that may be helpful. While these are not necessary, some people like to use foot rollers and other simple wooden or plastic devices to rub the feet and hands in particular ways. No other materials are required to perform reflexology.
Types of reflexology treatments
I suggest two different ways to perform reflexology on yourself or another person. They are:

  1.  A general or relaxation session — This type of session can help relax and tone the body, and relieve pain or other symptoms. It is also excellent for generalized infections such as colds or flus and for many other acute or chronic symptoms. In a general reflexology session, you do not focus on any particular area of the foot or hand. Instead, you rub firmly, moving along the entire surface. If a spot appears tense or is tender and painful, spend a little more time working on it. Often, the tension or pain will diminish after a minute or two. However, it is best to complete the entire treatment on both feet or both hands. A general session usually lasts between 10 and 20 minutes per foot or hand.
  2. Spot therapy — This approach focuses on a particular organ, gland or area of the body, such as relieving a headache by rubbing the reflex areas on the foot that are related to the head and neck.

Reflexology Chart of the Feet

General procedural suggestions
The following will enhance any reflexology session:

  • Be sure you are comfortable. Lie down or sit comfortably in a recliner or other comfortable chair.
  • Relax the entire body. In other words, make sure you are not tense anywhere.
  • Be sure to drink water if you are thirsty or eat if you are hungry. In fact, I suggest drinking a small glass of water before each session, even if you do not think you are thirsty, as this will often help the session to be more successful.
  • Breathe deeply before and during the session. This is less important, but can help.
  • Let the practitioner know if the rubbing is too hard or not hard enough. Also, be sure to alert the person who is treating you if an area needs more attention. Tell the person exactly where to rub and how to rub the area. This can be very important in some cases.
  • Learn about rubbing the sides and tops of the toes. Also, the crevices between the toes and other unusual spots often will be found to be very sensitive.
  • Sessions usually need not be longer than 10 to 20 minutes per foot or hand. At times, a longer session is helpful. At other times, a shorter session is adequate. Practice will help you determine the best amount of time.
  • Some professional reflexologists will begin by soaking your feet in warm water. This is not only relaxing, but it is also more hygienic for the practitioner, although it is not necessary.
  • Some people like to use oil when performing a reflexology session. This allows the practitioner’s hands to slide along the foot or hand more easily. I do not feel this is necessary, but some people prefer it.
  • Reflexology tools can be helpful. These are usually rubber or wooden rollers or balls to be rolled under the feet or other implements. They can be very helpful if used correctly.

A general session for relaxation

This is a very worthwhile daily or even twice daily use of reflexology. Here are some tips:

  • The order of treatment is not critical. However, I was taught to begin with the left foot or the left hand. After finishing the left foot or hand, move to the right one.
  • Begin on the top of each foot or back of the hand. On the top of the foot or back of the hand only, rub from the ankle or wrist toward the toes or fingers. Then rub the bottom of the foot or palm of the hand. Next work on the tips of the toes or fingers, moving toward the heel of the foot or wrist.
  • It may help to always move in straight lines. Once again, this is not that critical in most cases.
  • Rub quite firmly, enough to cause some pain. If, however, the person you are treating becomes tense and complains, ease up a little until he relaxes enough to continue more firmly with the therapy. Keep in mind that it may take a few sessions for someone to get used to reflexology and to trust you with his or her feet or hands.

Spot therapy
Focusing on a particular area or spot requires that you have a good map or chart of the reflex channels on the feet and hands. You can rub the areas that you feel need attention and use the technique to help relieve symptoms.
Reflexology works quickly on many acute symptoms. Chronic conditions will require multiple sessions of both general and spot therapy in many cases.
Spot therapy is excellent as a remedy for headaches, backaches, poisoning of certain kinds, infections and other symptoms such as an upset stomach or even an emotional upset. A few simple rules are:
1. Rub the reflex area you are targeting on both feet. Even if the chart shows the problem area to be related to just one hand or foot, work on both to enhance the results.
2. If possible, always follow your spot treatment with a quick general foot or hand rub. This can help balance the entire body and help relieve symptoms and tone the body.
3. Do not overdo a spot treatment. Usually 10 to 20 minutes is enough. In a few cases, more time may be needed.
4. Be careful not to rub too hard. Some people will rub too lightly, but others definitely rub too hard. It should hurt a little, but not be unbearable.
Rubbing too hard can tear blood vessels, especially in older people and in babies. Be careful not to do this, as you will then be unable to do another reflexology treatment until the injured hand or foot heals. Short movements are sometimes better than longer, deeper movements for this reason.
Popping the fingers or toes during treatment
Pulling or “popping” the toes, in particular, should be part of a complete reflexology session. This is relaxing and helps clear the energy flow through the joints of the feet and the hands.
To pull or pop correctly and without injury, first take hold of a toe or finger firmly, holding it on the sides or the top and bottom with several fingers. Then pull the toe or finger slightly away from the foot or hand, and quickly bend it downward.
Upon pulling the toe or finger, a quick release of tension may occur, usually with a slight popping sound. Do not worry if this does not happen and, in general, do not try it more than twice. Popping occurs easily in some people; while in others, it takes more pressure or does not occur at all.
Always pull or pop the foot or hand joints gently, as too much force could damage the joint. The popping sound can be grating or alarming for some people. When done correctly, however, I am not aware that it causes any damage. I know of people who have done it thousands of times, with no apparent ill effects.

Conclusion
Foot and hand reflexology, also called zone therapy or channel therapy, is one of the finest natural therapies in the world. It is readily available, often can be obtained at no cost, and is amazingly powerful when understood and practiced correctly.
For more information, I suggest you read the following books by Eunice D. Ingham, one of the older masters of this technique: Stories the Feet Can Tell Thru Reflexology and Stories the Feet Have Told Thru Reflexology.
In addition, a number of schools around the world teach reflexology. See: www.reflexologyschools.org for a list of many schools.

Dr. Lawrence Wilson has a medical degree, has been in the health field for more than 25 years and is the author of several books. www.drlwilson.com or 928-445-7690.

Fear: The siren call to change

by Jackie Lapin
When most people think of fear, they probably conjure up images of screaming women in slasher films, horrible villains or heroes being chased by zombies. But, for most of us, fear is more like an insidious virus that our minds and emotions create to stop us from moving forward.
Fear is the mind/ego’s way of saying: “I am not going there. I like being right where I am. I am familiar with my current state. If I plunk myself down right here, nothing can hurt me because I already know this territory. I am not worthy and, if I stretch myself, I might get rejected.”
Fear means that you are unwilling to venture into the unknown, to take risks or to accept and adjust to change. Fear is about ignoring imperatives to change, putting your head in the sand and expecting problems to go away, while allowing others to control your life because you may not have the courage or confidence to control it on your own. Fear will always leave your life messy, miserable and myopic.
You may not actually be aware of the grip that fear has on you. And even if you are, you can sometimes feel powerless to change because of tightly held past beliefs.
Fear can be your ally. If you feel it, it is a siren call to change. When you bump up against fear, you really are being called to move forward, take a well-calculated risk, flow with the change and make the course correction you have been resisting by crossing the seemingly impenetrable barrier. Strike out boldly and  reach for freedom.
So how can you move beyond fear to something better when it is knocking at your door?
The flipside of fear is faith. If you are experiencing fear, something is pressing you to change. Where does that urgency for change originate — in your heart, in your spirit, in the universe? If it originates in the universe, your heart and your spirit are indeed pushing you forward. Let go and trust. Allow your faith to spring forward. Ask if this change is for your highest good. If the answer is yes, then trust the universe to allow the benefits to unfold once you give up resisting and start moving forward.
If the pressure is mounting from outside — job loss, relationship breakup and so on — again, ask if this is for your highest good. These conditions are the universe speaking to you in the dialect of loving change and redirection. Trust and go with the flow.
Affirm “I am fear-less!” Whenever you are overwhelmed by fear, repeat this affirmation again and again. Repeat it with conviction and power, as if you were brandishing a wooden stake in order to ward off a vampire. Confidence grows as you remind yourself that you have no reason to fear, because you are a fearless being with the ultimate support system.
Get clear. If part of your fear is confusion about which steps to take or where to head, spend time in silence asking questions. Reach out to someone who can coach you through the process of getting clear or put your options in writing. These are just some of the ways you can get focused, so that with clear intention you can begin loosening the grip of fear.
What is the worst thing that could happen if you do move forward? Usually, fear has been built up in your mind into something greater than it could have ever been in reality. When you take a look at the worst-case scenario, it is really not all that terrible. Positive action comes from the simple realization that moving forward will easily outweigh the negative. Voilà — paralysis unblocked.
Bring it out into the light. The more you look at fear from an objective standpoint (as if you were outside your body), hold it to the light and examine why it is making you crazy, the more power you will have to eradicate it. Think of yourself as a sleuth bringing clues out into the open in order to solve a case.
Recalibrate your limiting beliefs and go for expansion. Look at the beliefs that are causing you to hold onto your fear. What is real and what is not? Make a list of these limiting concepts. Then list the opposite possibilities — the expansionist and unlimited beliefs that you could be holding — the ones that can enable you to move forward with confidence and courage.
Stop thinking about what you are giving up and start looking at what you are potentially gaining. What is the upside? This is an easy one. Ultimately moving toward your highest good will always have a greater potential upside, rather than staying where you are or giving up what you currently have.
Talk it out. Find a forward-thinking and positive friend, someone who is used to stepping through fear, or perhaps a counselor or coach. Discuss what you are feeling. Ask that person to tell you stories of how others found success by moving beyond fear. Be inspired by other people’s courageous acts.
Fear is not real. It is just thoughts and emotions that can be changed. Fear is something you created in your mind, a virtual prison that you can choose to make disappear by hitting the delete button.
Stop clinging and start living. Life is an exciting “E-ticket” ride with everything you want if you will simply embrace the unknown. If you persist on clinging to the known, you will never experience anything different. Greet your unknown future with a warm welcome, and magical things will start to happen.
Consciously create/visualize the outcome. Once you release fear and unwaveringly commit to change, you can help secure a positive future by consciously creating it. Make sure you are operating at a high frequency, create your visualization, postmark it to the universe and then let it go with a blessing of gratitude. Fear has a way of fading in the wake of action and purpose.

Jackie Lapin tours the world teaching Practical Conscious Creation and is the author of The Art of Conscious Creation: How You Can Transform the World and Practical Conscious Creation: Daily Techniques to Manifest Your Desires. She is also the founder of LifeWisdomNetwork.com, a place where mind/body/spirit entrepreneurs and self-help experts connect. www.jackielapin.com.

Everybody eats, but do we know what?

by Eric Herm
As humans, we tend to forget our bond with the rest of nature’s living creatures. Despite our magical ability to drive shiny automobiles, don the latest fashions, construct extravagant cities or make full use of opposable thumbs, we are really no different than the rest of nature — we all eat, drink, breathe and sleep.
The recipe for thriving human health is really quite basic: healthy food and water, regular exercise, sufficient rest and minimum stress. For nature, it is no different. Plants, trees and even the soil are all alive and in need of food (humus), water (rain), exercise (sunshine), rest and minimal stress. Everybody eats. So too, does every living thing.
Knowing this, why would we willingly continue to feed toxic chemicals to our food and fiber crops? In commercial agriculture, we bombard our fields with herbicides, pesticides and genetically modified (GM) crops without fully accepting the responsibilities or repercussions. Poison is the main ingredient in the commercial agriculture recipe.
In 2007, more than 2 billion pounds of herbicide were used worldwide, one-fourth of which (541 million pounds) were used in the United States. Globally, we spent more than $14 billion and $5 billion in the U.S. on herbicides alone, according to an FDA report. America also purchased more than 1.1 billion pounds of pesticides in 2007, totaling more than $12.5 billion in sales.
We are planting more than 100 million acres of GM crops each year. In 2011, major commodity crops such as corn, cotton, canola and soybeans are now 90 percent genetically modified. Those numbers are increasing, even though more than 30 countries across the globe have banned genetically modified organisms (GMOs) altogether. Yet in America, our own President Obama appointed a former Monsanto bigwig, Michael Taylor, as the Food Czar of the FDA. Monsanto is one of the largest purveyors of GM seeds and their accompanying chemicals in the world today.
GM food tastes awful compared to organic or natural crops. In fact, given the choice between GM and natural feed, livestock will instinctively choose the natural feed every time. Would we rather enjoy cheap, non-nutritional food that tastes like the south end of a north-bound skunk or a higher priced, high-quality natural bounty that replenishes us with more vitamins and minerals?
When we pay less for compromised food, we end up paying more in doctor visits, prescriptions and other health care costs. Everything is linked. We are what we eat, which impacts every aspect of our lives.
Most people have no clue that GMOs or GM food and crops are essentially fake food and seeds. They are organisms that have been injected with genes from another living organism, allowing them to resist certain insects and withstand herbicides, such as Roundup®. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is proving to cause damage not only to the soil, but also to the livestock that eat the GM feed from these crops.
Our cattle, pigs and chickens are all eating a 90-percent genetically modified diet. GMOs are linked directly to SDS (sudden-death syndrome), high infertility and miscarriage rates in livestock. Three consecutive generations of mammals fed solely on a GM diet are unable to produce another generation. They become sterile and/or barren.
Apart from these dangers, after a 30- to 90-day diet of GMO feed, livestock are prone to allergies, stomach lesions, bleeding digestive tracts and cancerous tumors. We are poisoning the animals we eat. What we are cooking at home and barbecuing on the weekends for our friends and family is essentially poisoned meat.
As a fourth-generation farmer, I have seen firsthand the destruction of this disastrous recipe. We have more weed and insect issues than ever, accompanied by more soil degradation due to monocropping, excessive chemicals and GMO production.
Chemical companies are running agriculture now. We have created billion dollar corporations that do not need to exist because we are buying products that weaken our fields and crops, creating the need for more products to overcome the diseases and malnourishment they cause.
We continue to treat long-term problems with short-term solutions. In the process, we are making billion dollar companies out of the likes of Monsanto, Bayer CropScience, DuPont™, Dow and Syngenta. Meanwhile, farmers continue to go out of business. Less than one million farmers remain in America, representing a fraction of one percent of the total population. We are attempting to feed and clothe more than 350 million people each year with this corrupt system.
It is critical that we all get involved with our food. That starts by educating ourselves about what we are eating, where it comes from and whether or not it is genetically modified. We have to read labels at grocery stores and avoid buying the foods with genetically modified ingredients, such as high-fructose corn syrup.
Buying local organic food as much as possible will help support our community’s economy, our family’s health and the local farmers. We need to be involved with our food co-ops, farmers’ markets, community gardens, pick-your-own gardens or whatever is available in our communities. More people should be growing their own food to help support a more sustainable lifestyle.
National organizations such as the Center for Food Safety, Organic Consumers Association and others need our support to help fight important legislation battles. The Organic and Non-GMO Report is a wonderful resource to keep us up-to-date on what is happening with our food. Like Son of a Farmer, Child of the Earth, many books are available to inform readers about GMOs.
An incredibly important event took place in October 2011. The Right 2 Know March began in New York City on October 1. People marched for more than two weeks all the way to Washington D.C., and convened in front of the White House on October 15 and 16 to demand the labeling of GM foods. For more information see: www.right2knowmarch.org.
This farmer was there. We are all impacted by nature and by our food supply. Everybody eats. Now everybody needs to get involved.

Eric Herm farms near Ackerly, Texas. His is the author of Son of a Farmer, Child of the Earth. www.sonofafarmer.com.