Archive for November, 2009

Detox and I Love Lucy: How Toxic Overload Effects your Liver

Written by Ritamarie Loscalzo on September 14, 2009

I’m always asked questions like, “What’s the best way to cure Chronic Fatigue“  or  “How can I get my hormones in balance?”  The strategies for both are amazingly similar.  In fact, when it comes right down to it, adrenal exhaustion, irritable bowel, eczema, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, thyroid problems, arthritis , depression and just about any condition you can name all have at least one thing in common.  All of these conditions can be traced back to a body overloaded by toxicity.

In our modern world with its modern conveniences, we are constantly inundated by “modern” toxins.  There are chemicals in the air, plastics in the food, pesticides and drugs in the water and toxic emotions spurred by watching the news.  Then there’s all the processing that takes what once was a real food and leaves it filled with empty calories, oxidized fats and enough  free radicals to cause a revolution!

I recorded a video clip on cleansing to  answer the questions I get all the time.  Cleansing is something your body knows how to do, as long as it doesn’t get overloaded.  And when it does, it’s time to take a break and allow healing and cleansing to take place.  Listen in for some tips and tricks.  Then afterward, have a look at my favorite I Love Lucy clip.

Dr. Ritamarie Discusses Cleansing and Detoxification Strategies.  For support in cleansing, visit www.sixweekdetox.com

” I Love Lucy”  – Lucy and Ethel show what happens when the liver gets overloaded with toxins.  It gets caught up when you do  a Deep Tissue Detox , a Green Smoothie Cleanse or a Juice Cleanse.

When I first learned about toxins and how to eat, breath, think and feel to eliminate them, (almost 25 years ago) I did my very first cleanse.  It changed my life.  I now do mini cleanses at least 4 times a year.

Give cleansing a try.  It will change your life.

Love, Health and Joy,

Dr. Ritamarie

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Q & A: Digestive Problems

Q: Can you explain the difference between digestive issues in the stomach, small intestine and large intestine?”

Beth

A: One of the ways to distinguish where the problem in the digestive problem lies in the quality, timing and location of symptoms. Digestive problems that occur in the stomach are usually related to too much or too little stomach acid or damage to the protective mucous lining of the stomach. The symptoms of all 3 can be burning in the stomach. In addition, some of the symptoms of low stomach acid are excessive belching or aching 1-4 hours after eating, gas immediately following a meal, offensive breath, constipation, fullness during and after meals, difficulty digesting fruits and vegetables and undigested foods found in stools.

Excess stomach acid and disruption of the mucous membrane are harder to distinguish because they often co-exist. These symptoms include stomach pain, burning or aching 1-4 hours after meals , feeling hungry an hour or two after eating, heartburn when lying down or bending forward, temporary relief from antacids, food, milk,carbonated beverages, or rest and relaxation, and worsening due to spicy foods, chocolate, citrus, peppers, alcohol and caffeine.
Small intestine problems are usually related to low digestive enzymes, leaky gut or imbalanced gut flora.

Symptoms can include difficulty losing weight, soreness on left side under rib cage, bloating, excessive gas, nausea, foul smelling, greasy or poorly formed stool, with visible undigested food, and symptoms of leaky gut and candida, including but not limited to chronic or frequent fatigue, joint pain or swelling, arthritis, allergies, sinus congestion, skin rashes, asthma, confusion, poor memory or mood swings.Large intestine problems can be hard to distinguish from small intestine problems because there is overlap.

Some of the symptoms are feeling that bowels do not empty completely, lower abdominal pain relief by passing stool or gas, alternating or one of constipation and diarrhea, coated tongue or ”fuzzy” debris on tongue, or foul smelling gas.

Dr Ritamarie Loscalzo

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Detox Q & A: Leaky Gut and Toxemia

Q: “Is there a connection between leaky-gut and toxemia (or pregnancy-induced hypertension)? It seems to me that these two may be related and healing the one (leaky gut) may prevent the other.”

Beth

A: While I’ve never seen any published studies linking leaky gut to toxemia of pregnancy, or even non pregnancy hypertension (high blood pressure), it is plausible that there is a connection.
Since leaky gut contributes to wide spread nutrient imbalances and allows toxins destined for excretion to enter the blood stream, leaky gut can very well contribute to blood pressure elevations as a result of mineral imbalances, holding onto fluids to dilute toxins or any of a number of other mechanisms

I’ve put people on detoxification programs and leaky gut repair protocols and seen hypertension go away.  I haven’t had enough cases of toxemia of pregnancy to be able to quote actual clinical cases.

Dr Ritamarie

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Eating for Detox: Pomegranate

by Lisa Bolard

pomegranateThe nutritional benefits of pomegranates abound.  As the weather gets colder, we know that it is again the season to harvest these fabulous fruits.  The list of pomegranate benefits seems to get longer all the time, and there seems to be plenty of research being done even by the medical establishment which actively supports the value of eating this fruit.  Some of these claims have been extensively studied and others are beliefs of many people from different parts of the world over time.

Here is a partial list:

  • Contains vitamin C, folic acid, fiber, potassium, niacin and vitamins A and E
  • Combats hardening of the arteries which also translates to avoiding heart attack and stroke
  • Contains much more anti-oxidants than either green teas, which fight free radicals, culpable in causing cancer and other diseases
  • Fights osteoporosis
  • Can help prevent the return of prostate cancer
  • Lowers bad cholesterol (proven in mice at this point)
  • Lowers blood pressure for people with hypertension
  • Pomegranate seed oil can cause breast cancer cells to die and keeps healthy cells intact
  • It is believed to support the body’s natural defenses against Alzheimer’s disease
  • Long-term use may help combat erectile dysfunction

It is believed that regular ingestion can create and maintain clear skin, a youthful glow, and soothe skin inflammation.

One word of caution:
Pomegranate juice might interfere with some medications in much the same way as grapefruit juice; when grapefruit juice is risky, it is safest to assume that pomegranate juice is also risky.

How to Eat Pomegranates

pomegranate-seedsThe edible portion of the fruit is the seeds, and the white membrane portion and shell should be discarded.  The seeds taste slightly sweet and tangy at the same time.  First cut the top of the pomegranate off and score the rind in several places around the fruit to make it easier to cut the fruit into sections.  Put the sections in a bowl of water and pull the seeds out with your fingers.  The juice stains, so be sure to keep it off your clothing.

Pomegranate Recipes

Apple Pear Cobbler with Pomegranate Cream Sauce
by Dr Ritamarie Loscalzo

Equipment Needed: Food Processor and Blender

Ingredients

    Crust:

  • 10 dates
  • 1 cup almonds, soaked, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    Filling:

  • 4 large apples
  • 4 large pears
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried pomegranate powder
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions

  1. Make the crust by putting all crust ingredients in food processor and process with S blade until well combined and crumbly.
  2. Press 3/4 of the mixture into the bottom of a 8 x 5 inch pyrex dish.
  3. Shred apple and pear slices. Add lemon juice, salt and cinnamon and stir to combine.
  4. Put mixture into the dish on top of the crust.
  5. Crumble the remaining crust over the filling.
  6. Slice open the pomegranate (see Pomegranate article above) and sprinkle the seeds on top of the cobbler.
  7. Blend the macadamia nuts, pomegranate powder and water until smoothe and creamy.
  8. Drizzle the sauce over individual servings.
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Detoxifying and Nourishing Your Thyroid

Low thyroid function, also known as hypothyroidism, is a common, yet often overlooked, cause of chronic health problems. Back in the 1950’s it was considered to be a condition rarely encountered in clinical practice. Today, it’s practically an epidemic. It’s estimated that 25% of people show measurable signs of hypothyroidism on blood analysis. The good news is that there are a lot of actions you can take to protect your thyroid gland.

Most people don’t realize it, but many hormone imbalances are related to toxic overload.  The thyroid in particular is sensitive to environmental toxins.  Chlorine in  your water, bromide in your bread, fluoride in your toothpaste and your water and a long list of over the counter and prescription drugs can cause major disruptions in thyroid function.  Pesticides and preservatives in food, air fresheners and toxins in cleaning products all can play a role in thyroid imbalances.

By avoiding the toxins mentioned above, scheduling regular liver detoxification procedures and programs and nourishing your thyroid, you can restore your energy and reverse many of the widespread health challenges that low thyroid function causes.  We’ll go into more detail about hormones and their relationship to toxicity during the hormone teleseminar that’s part of the free 4 part series of teleseminars we’re offering this month.  Till then, here are  3 tips that you can easily put in place right away and start protecting your thyroid and increasing your energy.

  • Avoid Gluten.KELP-NOODLESGluten is a protein found in the common grains that most people eat several times a day—wheat, rye, barley and oats, as well as the heirloom varieties of wheat, spelt and kamut.A huge segment of the population is intolerant to gluten meaning that their bodies produce antibodies that attack the gluten AND healthy tissue.There is a very strong link between autoimmune hypothyroid and gluten intolerance. I’ve had patients bring their abnormally high thyroid stimulating hormone levels to normal within as little as six weeks.  Gluten Free Diets are becoming more and more available.   There are many gluten-free alternatives to your staple gluten containing foods.  My favorite are kelp noodles.

    I’ve created a gluten survival pack, available for free on my website.  It contains e-books, mp3 recordings, and special lists of hidden sources of gluten. To order yours now, go to http://drritamarie.com/GlutenFree.htm Included in the gluten package are recipes for sea vegetables and a powerpoint presentation on thyroid health.

  • Hydrate with pure water.waterThis is actually 2 recommendations in one. Chronic dehydration can lead to inflammatory disease, so it’s important to consume at least ½ your body weight in fluid ounces every day.An even bigger concern is the quality of the water. Chlorine and fluoride added to municipal water supplies disrupt the binding of iodine to form thyroid hormones.Further, chlorinated water in the shower is even worse because the vapors enter the body via the lungs, in much higher concentrations that found in drinking water. Keeping well hydrated with pure spring, reverse osmosis or distilled water will protect you from the dangerous additives in our current water supply.
  • Include sea vegetables daily.digitataGreens from the sea contain a wide variety of minerals and vitamins that support thyroid function. The most important of these is iodine. Since most of our soil is deficient in iodine, there are very few vegetables that contain significant amounts of iodine.Iodine is critical for thyroid function. In fact, a certain species of kelp, laminaria digitata, has been found to contain measurable amounts of the thyroid hormones, T3 and T4. Eating 1-2 ounces of sea vegetation each week is a good starting point.

If you have a diagnosed or suspect thyroid dysfunction, talk to your doctor before beginning a new program. Ask your doctor to order thyroid antibody tests, especially if you currently have any type of autoimmune disease.
Being healthy is your birthright. Take good care of your thyroid gland and you’ll be energetic and clear headed well into your twilight years.

We’ll be covering lots more details about the thyroid and other hormones during our free teleseminar “Hormones, Thyroid Imbalances, Weight Gain & Water Retention”

In this teleseminar on detox, we’ll be discussing

  • How toxic emotions like fear and worry disrupt your hormone system!
  • Why some women suffer with PMS, painful periods, etc. and others do not!
  • What it takes to avoid the hot flashes and go through menopause with ease.
  • What happens to your hormones while you’re watching the evening news or reading the paper.
  • Could negative thoughts, worry and stress be causing your weight gain? Menstrual problem? Fatigue?
  • Why thyroid imbalance is an epidemic!
  • Sluggishness and weight gain are symptoms! Find out what they are symptoms of and how to handle it.
  • What foods are most responsible for upsetting your hormone balance and how to replace them with healthier alternatives.
  • Which common, everyday choices are causing sluggish metabolism and weight gain?
  • How dry skin, thin hair, coldness, weakness, and high cholesterol are all related to one thing!
  • The biggest reason people can’t let go of excess weight in spite of years of juggling with diets.
  • How foods from the ocean may contain the missing link to balancing your hormones naturally.

The teleseminar is free and when you sign up, you’ll also get access to the recordings of our previous teleseminars on candida, leaky gut and brain chemistry. Sign up at 6 Week Detox

Have an energized day.

Love, Health and Joy,

Dr. Ritamarie

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Detox Foods: A fun way to eat Daikon Radish

Daikon Broccoli Latkes

by Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

Equipment Needed: Dehydrator and Blender

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ pounds of a combination of shredded daikon radish and broccoli stems
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) tahini
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup water

Directions

  1. Shred daikon and broccoli stems and place in a large bowl.
  2. Shred or thinly slice the onion and add to bowl with the daikon and broccoli.
  3. Blend the tahini, pepper and salt and add to bowl with vegetables. Mix well with your hands.
  4. Form into patties and place on the mesh tray of your dehydrator. Dehydrate overnight, up to 12 hours.
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Eating for Detox Recipe: Daikon Broccoli Latkes


by Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

Equipment Needed: Dehydrator and Blender

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ pounds of a combination of shredded daikon radish and broccoli stems
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) tahini
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup water

Directions

  1. Shred daikon and broccoli stems and place in a large bowl.
  2. Shred or thinly slice the onion and add to bowl with the daikon and broccoli.
  3. Blend the tahini, pepper and salt and add to bowl with vegetables. Mix well with your hands.
  4. Form into patties and place on the mesh tray of your dehydrator. Dehydrate overnight, up to 12 hours.

Sour Cream and Onion Daikon Curls

contributed by Gretchen Burk, Austin Texas

Equipment Needed: Dehydrator, Spiralizer or Vegetable Peeler and Blender

Ingredients

  • 2-3 large daikon radishes
  • 1 small or 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley
  • 7-8 cloves garlic
  • 1 whole green onions 4 inches of the greens from another green onion
  • 3/4 cup cashews, soaked overnight and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Ume Plum Vinegar (Oshawa brand, available at most natural grocers)
  • 3 1/2 tablesooons lemon juice
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon real salt or pink salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup water

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients except daikon and the extra green onion tops in blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add extra water if needed.
  2. Pulse the extra green onion tops in to just break them up.
  3. Use the spiralizer on the ribbon setting to create long curls from the daikon.
  4. Add the onion sour “cream” mixture to the daikon to just coat. If you have extra, use it as a dip.
  5. Place the coated daikon on the mesh dehydrator trays and dehydrate for 12-24 hours to desired texture. They stay chewy.

Gretchen Burk is a gifted healer and a whiz in the kitchen.  I’ve personally sampled her body work sessions and her food, and I’m hooked.  Gretchen’s practice as a healing arts professional includes Swedish, Sports and Deep Massage, Structural Bodywork, Shiatsu  and  energy healing, including Reiki and Jin Shin Jyutsu.  Gretchen’s advanced body awareness and knowledge of anatomy & physiology significantly enhance her ability to help restore her clients’ health. I always feel great after a session with Gretchen.  She can be reached at 512-971-4543

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Eating for Detox: The Power of the Daikon  Radish

Contributed By Valerie Kliewer

Daikon_radishThe Daikon radish is one of the best vegetables in the arsenal against the many ailments of excess.  It has the amazing ability to help cut through and clean out mucus conditions brought on by the over consumption of animal products.

Though often passed over for more familiar roots such as carrots or beets, this powerful tuber should not be overlooked. Originating in East Asia and shaped like a very large white carrot or in some varieties like a large round turnip, the daikon radish is a smart choice for fall dining.

During the flu season, it is wise to include immune boasting, mucus busting radishes to your daily diet. Laryngitis and sinusitis are both eased by the juice of radishes.

With a cooling thermal nature and a milder flavor than smaller radishes, the detoxing and fat grabbing capability of these long white tubers can’t be beat.  Soothe headaches and encourage digestion by adding alkalizing radishes to your diet.  Chinese medicine uses radishes to nourish the gallbladder and the liver.

Paul Pitchford in his book Healing with Whole Foods suggests using a tablespoon of radishes daily for several weeks for gallstones and kidney and bladder stones. He cautions against the use of radishes for those who have deficient or cold conditions.

Consume radishes by juicing, grating onto salads, or by trying the delicious raw recipes that follow.

**Valerie Kliewer is a food writer passionate about the healing power of foods. She specializes in helping those with vitiligo find healing. She can often be found in the produce department of Whole Foods replacing Paul Simon’s lyrics “I got a Nikon camera” with “I got a daikon radish.”   Listen for her and buy a bunch of daikons today.

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Detox Programs for the Brain: Autism, ADD, Depression, Anxiety and Brain Fog.

Millions of people are diagnosed with conditions like autism, ADD, bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression every year. Many more suffer with irritation and mood swings they don’t understand, without ever being “diagnosed”. People are told they can’t do anything about it. They’re told these conditions are genetic and are sold a pill to help relieve the symptoms.

We know that relieving symptoms never really addresses the problem, does it?

When it comes to your health and the people advising you about it, ask A LOT of questions.  Look beneath the surface  and question what you hear.

People used to insist the Earth was flat, remember. If anyone tells you there are no solutions, be an incurable optimist and keep on looking.

In the second part of our series of FREE detox teleseminars, Dr. Ritamarie and I put a few facts on the table about the gut-brain connection and its relationship to autism, ADD, and other well-known but poorly understood conditions.  A few missing pieces of your health puzzle will start falling into place once you hear this information.

You can sign up to get the recordings of the first two calls, and join us in person for the next 2.

—>http://www.sixweekdetox.com

We have a message, a powerful one, that we’re trying to get out to the world.  The truth is, if some people hadn’t forced the conventional ideas of the day, we’d *still* think the Earth  was flat. I’m sure the evolution of human health is bound for better things, but we have to start by informing  ourselves about the facts and being willing to take the telescope in our own hands, too, once in a while.

Here are a few of the topics discussed on the call:

–What is the gut-brain connection and how are ADD, autism and bipolar disorder affected by what you eat.

–How and why what you eat affects the way you think, feel and behave.

–How to recognize when your mood swings and irritability are being triggered by food.

–Why conditions like depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia, ADD, brain-fog, anxiety, irritability and other conditions may all be connected to nutritional deficiencies, toxins and processed foods, NOT exclusively genetic conditions as some would have you believe!

–Can’t focus? You might simply be missing one thing in your diet. Find out what that is!

–Finally understand how stress inhibits your “wizard” brain and puts your “lizard” brain in control

–How long does it take to overcome these conditions and eliminate these toxins from the body?

–The exact mechanism that causes you to feel sluggish or have trouble concentrating and how to handle it.

If you’ve got other questions, please post them in the comments box below. We’ll be sure to address them in future blog posts over the coming weeks.

Remember, if some people hadn’t forced the the issue and gone against the common views of the day, we’d still think the Earth was flat.  I’m sure the evolution of human health is bound for better things, but it all starts by informing yourself of the facts and being willing to take up a telescope in your own hands once in a while to see what’s going on yourself.

In health and with love,

Tera and Dr. Ritamarie

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This teleseminar is provided for information purposes only. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or care. If you have a health problem, medical emergency, or a general health question, you should contact a physician or other qualified health care provider for consultation, diagnosis and/or treatment. Under no circumstances should you attempt self-diagnosis or treatment based on anything you will hear or read on our websites.

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Unlocking the Gut Brain Connection; Heal your Brain by Healing your Gut

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Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

Have you noticed that there’s an epidemic of brain related problems in our world today? I’m sure you know at least one, perhaps several people who are suffering from  problems such as depression, anxiety, brain fog, irritability, difficulty focusing, or hyperactivity.   I see people with these problems in my office all the time.

What you may not realize is that problems in your head are connected to problems in your gut.  There’s a condition called leaky gut that results from low nutrient density foods, toxins in your air, water and food and eating in a stressful envronment. It’s likely that at least one of these stressors is a part of your world on a regular basis.

My newsletter last week went into details about leaky gut.   You can get access to last weeks newsletter at http://www.drritamarie.com/newsletter.   The Recording of the Leaky Gut and Candida Teleseminar that Tera Warner and I did last week was recorded:  http://www.drritamarie.com/url/DetoxTelecourse

So what does leaky gut have to do with brain chemistry imbalances?  A lot!  Unlocking the gut-brain connection has been shown improve brain fog, ADHD, autism, depression and many more problems that plague so many today. Some foods cause antibodies to form that attack brain cells.  The passage of toxins into the blood stream through a leaky gut creates a whole host of problems.  Blood sugar and neurotransmitter  imbalances due to malabsorption of nutrients can lead to brain fog, depression and lack of focus.

Want to learn more about the gut brain connection and how to  control your brain through what you eat, how you eat and the health of your digestion?

On November 10, I’ll be explaining lots more in a FREE teleseminar.
http://www.drritamarie.com/url/DetoxTelecourse

This teleseminar will explain:
* What the gut-brain connection is and how ADD, autism and bipolar disorder can be influenced by what you eat.
* How and why what you eat affects the way you think, feel and behave.
* How to recognize when your mood swings and irritability are being triggered by food.
* Why conditions like depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia, ADD, brain-fog, anxiety, irritability and other conditions may all be connected to nutritional deficiencies, toxins and processed foods, NOT genetic conditions as some would have you believe!
* Can’t focus? You might simply be missing one thing in your diet. Find out what that is!
* Finally understand how stress inhibits your “wizard” brain and puts your “lizard” brain in control
* How long does it take to overcome these conditions and eliminate these toxins from the body?
* The exact mechanism that causes you to feel sluggish or have trouble concentrating and how to handle it.
* What the liver does with excess toxins when it is overloaded how this affects your brain!

Please join Tera Warner and I for this Free teleseminar.
Tuesday November 10, 2009 at 9PM Eastern time.
http://www.drritamarie.com/url/DetoxTelecourse

(The call will be recorded so sign up even if you can’t make the call live)

Talk to you soon

Love, Health and Happy Detox,

Dr. Ritamarie

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