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Articles by Guest Columnists

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is said to be a powerful means of maintaining good health as well as an effective cure for a variety of ills. This is an ancient technique, first described in 5,000-year-old Ayurvedic texts.

Deepak Chopra, in his book Perfect Health, notes that oil pulling is one of many Ayurvedic techniques valuable for purifying and strengthening the body. According to Ayurveda, organ meridians are present in the tongue just as they are in key points such as the hands, feet and ears. That makes the tongue integral for diagnosis, and care of the tongue is important in preventing and treating illness, in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.


Spiritual Energy: Your Renewable Resource

What are you?

Ask that question of a thousand people and the vast majority will likely respond with their occupation or job. I am a parent, teacher, lawyer or a whatever-I-do-to-earn-money-and-fill-my-day. Yet this is not who we are. We are not what we do. Think about that for a moment; while it sounds simple, do you really know who you are when extricated from the identity a profession, role or achievement provides? Can you tell me what you are without naming what it is that you do? The most accurate answer to that question is actually the same for each of us. The truest response is the same for you, me, your doctor, your mail carrier as well as each person with whom we share this gorgeous planet.


Healing Journey

My healing journey with IBS has been long and pretty much continual for over 20 years. Even as a child, there were problems with constipation. I have had so many procedures done and gone to many doctors without much relief from the constant pain and constipation. Most of them would do the tests and then send me home with another prescription which did not work.


The Brain-Gut Connection

My daughter began her journey 18 months ago, when she was 13 years old. She was diagnosed with indeterminate colitis as per her colonoscopy. She was medicated with 5-ASA – Pentasa, antibiotics, Prednisone and tricyclic antidepressants. She did not do well, the only period where her symptoms lessened – diarrhea, bleeding and pain – was when she reached the Prednisone inmmune-depressive dosage of 1mg/kg, that meant 40 mg per day of Prednisone. But all her symptoms re-emerged when she tapered from prednisone.


Laser Therapy For Peri-Anal Abscess

My son is now in remission and has been ever since I started naturopathic remedies and the Absorb Plus shakes. His main problem that lasted two years was a peri-anal abscess that WOULD NOT HEAL.


Q & A With Dr. Silvio Najt, MD - Vitamin A

Question:

My eleven-year-old daughter, Holly, is two weeks into the IBD Remission Diet much to her GI Doctor's chagrin, as they want to start Remicade and I am holding off. After submitting the infomation for the Absorb Plus, in addition to information and access to the book The IBD Remission Diet I have been receiving a barrage of questions/concerns from the dietician. Of paramount concern to them is the amount of Vitamin A that Holly is getting through both the shakes and Cod Liver Oil. They are stating that this is a toxic amount. They are also concerned that the potassium levels are too low in the shakes but that the sodium levels are too high due to the broth. (They never took such an interest in her nutrition before so I am rather suspicious that the motive may be to undermine what we are doing). Could you comment on Vitamin A toxicity levels?


Relaxation Training - A Personal Perspective

In my freshman year at McGill University, I experienced a headache almost every day. I thought I was having fun and I certainly learned how to party, except that I couldn't shake my headaches. In retrospect, I realize that I was under a great deal of pressure to perform, achieve and adapt. I was unaware of my fear of rejection and failure that lay just below the surface.


Medical Humour

Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?

A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that’s it... don’t waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that’s like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.


Medical vs. Alternative Treatment for IBD

By Seth Matrisciano

The biggest mistake that I think a person living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s, coli­tis, diverticulitis) can make is to undergo unnecessary and superficial diagnostic imaging procedures.


Allow More Success: Pay Attention to Your 5 Energies

By Laura Howard West

As your business grows and you experience more success it be­comes increasingly important to pay attention to your 5 Types of Energy to maintain the growth and also to enjoy the journey. Your energy is your #1 most im­portant resource when it comes to growing your business. It’s more important than money, ideas and, yes, even time. You see, if your energy is depleted, you’ll never follow through, no matter how great the idea, how much money you can throw at it or even if you have plenty of time available.


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