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Are You Surviving or Thriving in Today’s Toxic World?

There is a very exciting opportunity for you to learn more about your health, toxicity in the world and what you can do about it, complementary, from your own home! I am so proud to be partnering with The Detox Summit to bring you some of the world’s most cutting edge speakers!

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 Environmental toxins can be found in what you eat, drink, breathe, feel and think. You may not be aware of toxins, but if you want to be healthy, being educated on the latest in toxins is a must! Chronic conditions, like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity, may be associated with environmental toxins in your body.

The pearls of wisdom from expert speakers at The Detox Summit are essential to your health. Join us online for free from August 4-11.

This Detox Summit will provide you with the information you need to:

  • Learn about environmental toxins in food, air and water
  • Understand internally-generated toxins, like thoughts, emotions and behaviors
  • Recognize toxins of all types and eliminate them
  • Focus on breakthrough solutions to gain more energy and vitality

Navigate your way through today’s toxic terrain when you register for the free, online Detox Summit today:  https://dm177.isrefer.com/go/detoxreg/drvanda/

  
“Detox” is a multi-faceted term that means many things to people, from drug and alcohol detoxification to nutritional detoxification, or cleanses using food, smoothies and juices. Deanna Minich, PhD, has selected 30 experts in various areas of medicine, nutrition and personal growth to offer a well-rounded, credible approach to the issues of environmental toxins and holistic health.

 

Here are a few of the incredible presenters: 

Jeffrey Bland, PhD, Father of Functional Medicine

The Science of Nutritional Detoxification

Mark Hyman, MD, Functional Medicine Expert

Toxins and Chronic Disease: Why Detox is a Necessity for Good Health

Jeffrey Smith, Leading Spokesperson on GMOs

Genetically Modified Foods as Toxins in Everyday Eating

David Wolfe, Superfoods Guru

Foods to Enhance Vitality and Detox

Rainbeau Mars, Fitness Model and Actress

A Full Spectrum, Superstar Approach to Everyday Detox

With 30 presenters sharing their wealth of knowledge, this invaluable (and FREE) resource is intended for people everywhere!

Better yet, if you register today you’ll have access to the following FREE eBooks as soon as you register!

  • Food & Spirit Nourish Your Whole Self™ Report, by Deanna Minich, PhD
  • Detox Your Medicine Cabinet: 26 Herbs and Supplements that Treat Common Symptoms, by Aviva Romm, MD

  • Top 7 Therapeutic Foods, by Kelly Brogan, MD

  • 10 Tips for Helping Your Loved One with Autism, by Martha Herbert, MD, PhD

  • Benefits of Vitamin D, by Soram Khalsa, MD

Come listen to The Detox Summit ONLINE for FREE from August 4 – 11, and learn to survive your toxic world! https://dm177.isrefer.com/go/detoxreg/drvanda/

  
I’ll see you at the Summit!

Dr. Vanda

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Are You Healthy? Or Just “Not Sick”?

If a person is in pain and they take a pill, the pain will usually “go away”.  But where is this place that the pain disappeared to? A magical pain land?   The pain has actually not gone anywhere, it’s just covered it up.  This is like cleaning your house by sweeping all of the dirt under the rug.  So does this make you more “healthy” just because you cannot “feel” the pain?

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Most people in today’s society do not even consider their health until they have pain or bad symptoms show up.  If they feel good, they think they are healthy and if they feel bad, then they are sick.  Logical right?  Wrong.  Good or bad symptoms are only a message from our body that there is something going on and some type of change is needed.

Symptoms are our body’s way of adapting to its internal and external environment.  For example, what if you eat some spoiled food and get food poisoning.  When you experience extreme vomiting and diarrhea, are you sick or healthy?   Most would say that you are sick, but in actual fact, it is a good and strong natural response to eject the toxins out of your body as quickly as possible.  You may feel horrible, but your body is healthy because of its natural protective reaction.

What do you do when you are experiencing these types of reactions, do you let your body do what is best for it or do you take something to suppress the symptoms?

If your smoke detectors alarm went off, would you just take the batteries out and go back to sitting on your couch or would you investigate as to what actually set it off in the first place?

We therefore cannot judge our true health by how we are feeling, but rather by how well our body is functioning and responding to lifestyle stress.  As the World Health Organization states, health “is optimal physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmary.”

If you replace the "I" in illness, with "We" you have wellness.  You don't have to do this alone.

If you replace the “I” in illness, with “We” you have wellness. You don’t have to do this alone.

How well are you functioning?  Real health includes all types of factors, such as abundant nutrition, exercise, proper sleep, a way to manage and minimize stress and toxins, a well functioning and responding nervous system and a positive mental attitude.  Health care is not screenings for cancer, diabetes or high blood pressure.   Though these tests are important, waiting to find something is sick care, taking responsibility the choices you make is true health and wellness care.

So take a more pro-active approach to your own health care.  Eat right, move more, get adjusted and think positive thoughts to help elevate your own health.

What steps are you taking to bring your health quotient up?  Leave a comment below to share your journey!

Cheers to your health!

Dr. Vanda.

Eat my Anti-What?

Antioxidants have been a “buzz” word for some time now. Everywhere you go, people are touting the benefits of eating foods high in antioxidants. Yet, there seems to be a bit of confusion about what you should eat and why you should eat it. I once had a patient ask, “you need oxygen to live, why would I want to eat something that is anti-oxygen?”

Antioxidants are nutrients and enzymes in our food that can slow or prevent the damaging effect of free radicles in our body. Free radicals appear in our body as the by-product of our cells using oxygen for essential processes. These free radicals are an unstable molecule in your body so it attacks other cells, proteins or DNA to try and gain an electron to become stable. This is the same process which gives you rust on your car, turns a peeled apple brown or turns oil rancid.

It is impossible to avoid free radicals. Free radicals arise from inside and outside of our body. Natural processes such as aging, breathing, normal metabolism and inflammation in the body can make free radicals. Outside factors such as sunlight, pollution, aggressive exercise, radiation, x-rays, smoking and alcohol cause the body to have free radicals in it.

We cannot avoid free radicals but we can do our best to counteract their effects. Antioxidants are so effective in the body because they can donate an electron to the free radical without damaging itself, thereby helping to repair damage and assisting in preventing the aging process. Antioxidants assist in fighting infection and help lower the risk of cancer formation. Antioxidants also help play a role in preventing other chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, cataracts and arthritis.

So what are the top antioxidants?

Vitamins A,C, and E Minerals such as Copper, Selenium, Manganese and Zinc.  Phytochemical’s such as anthocyanins, lycopene and flavonoids are all so beneficial to a persons health and vitality.

Antioxidants are responsible for the bright and vibrant colours in fruits and vegetables, the flavour in coffee, tea and extra-virgin olive oil and the oh so beautiful bitter taste in dark chocolate. Here’s a chart breaking down the highest anti-oxidative foods according to USDA.

Rank Food item Serving size Total antioxidant capacity
per serving size
1 Small Red Bean (dried) Half cup 13,727
2 Wild blueberry 1 cup 13,427
3 Red kidney bean (dried) Half cup 13,259
4 Pinto bean Half cup 11,864
5 Blueberry (cultivated) 1 cup 9,019
6 Cranberry 1 cup (whole) 8,983
7 Artichoke (cooked) 1 cup (hearts) 7,904
8 Blackberry 1 cup 7,701
9 Prune Half cup 7,291
10 Raspberry 1 cup 6,058
11 Strawberry 1 cup 5,938
12 Red Delicious apple 1 whole 5,900
13 Granny Smith apple 1 whole 5,381
14 Pecan 1 ounce 5,095
15 Sweet cherry 1 cup 4,873
16 Black plum 1 whole 4,844
17 Russet potato (cooked) 1 whole 4,649
18 Black bean (dried) Half cup 4,181
19 Plum 1 whole 4,118
20 Gala apple 1 whole 3,903

In summary, eat foods that vary in all types of colours, but use some common sense. Fresh, healthy, non-processed food is the way to go. You can’t get your anti-oxidants out of a soda pop bottle!  In the end, your mother was right, just eat your fruits and veggies!!

Our Deepest Fear…

This is my absolute favorite quote and I wanted to share it with you.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~ Marianne Williamson

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As you go through life, having more drama and trauma or as I like to call it “life experience”, you will learn a lot.  You will learn that you can take a lot of pain and heartache.  You will learn that you can be strong and tough yet also vulnerable and forgiving.  You will experience joy and the thrill of life yet also despair and the grief of death.  So many emotions and so many layers of complex experiences make your life, yours.  Yet the one thing that you will have learned through all these experiences, in all challenges, and in all situations, you truly are powerful beyond measure!

There is a light that radiates from within when you realize that you are “brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous”!  You are also intelligent, loving, caring and sexy as hell.  Who are you to deny what an amazing person you are?

It is your duty to use this given life to its fullest capacity.  To discover everything you want to do and become.  Do not shrink and become small to let others think that they have power over you!  You are just as worthy as they are.  Step into your own radiance and learn to shine, cause this world needs more light!

Step, Jump or Dance into your LIGHT!!

Love and Light,

VJC

 

I Am The Master Of My Fate!

I recently found a new class here in Dubai that I am in love with.  It’s called “INTENSATI” – a combination of the words “Intensity” and “sati” which means mindfulness.   Founded by Patricia Monreno in 2005, it has been sweeping the globe with its message of acceptance of self without judgment and self- love.

I was invited to the class by a friend who is always “in the know”, she is the definition of the cool kid. Due to her amazing recommendations previously, I didn’t hesitate to show up to what is described as a “high energy cardio workout combining martial arts, kick boxing, aerobics and yoga all done to pumping music while reciting positive affirmations”. How could I turn that down? I thought that perhaps this was a class specifically designed for me.

Yvette is the most petite yet powerful instructor I have had to date.  Her passion is infectious and I had one heck of an amazing time.   Sixty minutes of screaming positive affirmations out, raising our consciousness and sweating it out to amazing dance music had me hooked.  Okay I admit it, I mouthed most of the affirmations for the last 15 minutes, because it has been a while since I’ve done straight out cardio, but I still felt the benefit.  My body felt stronger, my skin refreshed but most of all, my mind felt clearer and focused.  At the end of the hour, Yvette guided us through a short meditation and I had more energy then I have had in ages.

I highly recommend checking out an intenSATI class if there is one near you.  If not, just turn on some rocking music, dance around your living room, and repeat after me – “I AM THE MASTER OF MY FATE”.

This was the affirmation that we did during our class,

I am the master of my fate

I lift myself up to a higher state

With the power of my mind

I seek & I shall find

I am in control of my full potential 

I will thrive, Not just survive

I am focused, I am grateful, I feel great!

 

Love to you all,

VJC

Missing Information about the Drugs You Take

I am a very strong believer in using pharmeceutcial drugs only when absolutely necessary.  I see the amazing innate healing power of the body express itself in patients everyday in my practice, without drugs or surgery.  Yet, too many people are taking too many drugs, hoping for some type of quality of life improvement.  How is someone supposed to make a life-affecting choice about what to put in their body without full disclosure of all information available?

Unfortunately, the massive drug corporations have an unyielding power to control the research that is reported about their products.  The drug companies usually just let you see the favourable results toward their drug.  By seeing only the positive research and none of the neutral or negative results from drug trials, your doctor, your pharamcist and you are unable to make a fully educated decision about the chemicals you are putting in your body.

Ben Goldacre, in this TedMed talk, explains how the pharmaceutical companies are controlling the information.  The information that you as the consumer need to make an informed choice.

“We cannot know the true effects of the medicines that we prescribe, if we do not have access to all of the information.” – Ben Goldacre.

As Dr. Goldacre suggests at the end of the video, we need an action plan.  We need all trials for humans including older trials, for all drugs in current use to be published and we need to tell EVERYONE about this problem.  For more information please send a request to info@alltrials.org.

Yours in health,

Dr. Vanda

Happiness – How To “Get” It and Keep it!

Happiness – How to “get” it and keep it!

 1. Express Gratitude:

Develop an “Attitude of Gratitude”!  Get in the habit of being thankful for what you have!  Appreciate everything you already have in your life, whether it is people, things or experiences.  If you are not appreciative for what you already have in your life, nothing will ever be “enough” for you.  You will continually chase more and more but not value everything you have going on for you right now.  I’m not saying you don’t want to strive for more, richer, better “stuff”, but act as if you already have it in your life and be thankful for it.   By giving thanks for things that you want in your life, it programs your mind that these things are already reality, and you’ll be amazed at how it sometimes just seem to “magically” appear within your life.

2. Chose Hope not Fear:

H.O.P.E. – Happy, Optimistic, Positive, Experiences

F.E.A.R. – False Evidence Appearing Real

Optimism:  [op-tuh-miz-uhm] noun:

  1. A disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and expect the most favorable outcome.
  2. The belief that goodness pervades reality.

Disposition: [dis-puh-zish-uhn] noun:

  1. Natural mental and emotional outlook
  2. Predominate or prevailing tendency.

So to be an optimist, one can have a prevailing tendency to see the positive in most things.  You have the tendency to see the silver lining of an event and make the most of it.  Some people come by this naturally, but it can be learned.  Start off small and whenever anything that your first perceive as negative happens, catch yourself and try to list what positive outcomes could happen due to that event occurring.  At first it may seem like you are grasping at anything that could be positive, but over time it will become easier to see the light and not the darkness in events that take place.

With hope comes more hope.  With optimism comes more optimism.  With happiness comes more happiness.

 3.Practice Random Acts of Kindness:

Pick up something someone dropped, hold a door open, carry someone’s groceries, put money in their parking meter…it doesn’t have to be much, but just even the smallest act has a positive effect on everyone involved.

Whether you are the recipient of an act of kindness, the giver of an act of kindness, or someone random who happened to witness the act of kindness, you are all affected almost equally in the same positive way.  Everyone involved with the kind act receives the same mental lift from Serotonin, the “happy” neurotransmitter.  Serotonin is released in the brain, which is a natural mood elevator.

My grandfather always used to say, “you are part of the gang you hang with”. This is so true when it comes to how the people you spend time with effects your mood and ability to be happy.  So surround yourself with kind, gentle and positive people, you may find yourself happier because of it!

 “You are always living a reflection of whatever you are outputting.  And so, if you get into a little pocket where a lot of people are being rude, it’s probably because you are being rude – or because you have been aware of people being rude.  Nothing ever happens to you that is not part of your vibration!” – Esther Abraham-Hicks

 4. Develop Healthy Coping Strategies:

A coping strategy is how you actually deal with life and its ups and down.  Having a healthy strategy to help deal with stresses that occur in life can add happiness to your reality.

Let’s list some negative coping strategies first.  They may initially reduce stress but when done for a long time, may do damage.

  • Smoking
  • Drinking in excess
  • Overeating or Under eating
  • Oversleeping
  • Procrastinating
  • Using drugs to be stimulated or to relax
  • Isolating yourself from family, friends or activities
  • Zoning out for hours in front of the TV
  • Being overly active – must constantly be doing something

Healthy Coping Strategies

  • Avoid Unnecessary Stress – Eliminate things that you know cause a stressful reaction.   Could be such things as driving a different route home with less traffic, ordering your groceries online to avoid the supermarket rush, being prepared for everything you need to do in one day to prevent extra “running around” and multiple trips home if you forgot something.
  • Adapt to the stressor – If you can’t change the stressor, change yourself. You can adapt to stressful situations and regain your sense of control by changing your expectations and attitude about the situation you are in.
  • Adjusting Your Attitude – How you think can have a profound effect on your emotional and physical well-being. Each time you think a negative thought about yourself, your body reacts as if it were in the middle of a tension-filled situation.  Your physiology actually changes to mirror your thoughts.  Muscle tension increases, blood pressure rises, cortisol production escalates.  Negative thoughts = negative body physiology.  Positive thoughts = Happy, healthy physiology! Your mind believes what you tell it.  If you keep telling it negative things all day, your overall attitude is negative.  If you say good things about yourself, you are more likely to feel positive.  Henry Ford said  “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”

Healthy Alternative to help Relax

  • Go for a walk
  • Spend time outdoors in nature
  • Call a good friend
  • Play with a pet
  • Read a great book
  • Listen to uplifting music
  • Write in a journal
  • Meditate
  • Get adjusted
  • Exercise
5. Write your Goals:

People have more happiness when they have certainty than upheaval and chaos.  By having a written plan, you have a road-map to help carry out your purpose or passion in life.  Having goals helps to clarify and organize the wants, needs and desires of your life.

How to Write your Goals:

First figure out your Purpose by asking these two questions: “Who do you want to be?” and “What do you want to do?”  Once you figure out your purpose, divide your goals into five categories: Personal, Professional, Financial, Community, and Play.

When you have written goals, you have some certainty of where you want to go and what you want to attain, the choices of how you get there become easier.

6.Take Excellent Care of Yourself:

Your body is the only place you have to live in.  Take care of your body and your body will take care of you.  You need to maintain a balance of nutrition, exercise and rest.  In other words, you need to Move, Eat and Rest Well.

One way that proper nutrition, exercise and rest help to maintain ones happiness is through blood sugar levels.  With the epidemic of Type II diabetes in the world today, one must learn to control their blood sugar levels.  If this is not properly balanced, your mood can become tired, cranky and easily overwhelmed with mundane things in life.   If you don’t feel good physically, your focus, feelings and fatigue will affect how you feel.

Exercise is a proven stress reliever and releases endorphins, which do elevate your mood and make you feel less pain.  I do believe Reese Witherspoon’s character in one of my favorite movies said it right:  “Exercise gives you endorphins–endorphins make people happy and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands… they just don’t.” Elle from Legally Blonde

Also stay well hydrated.  Chronic dehydration can alter many things in your life, so increase your water intake to at least eight glasses of good, clean water a day.

7. Present Time Consciousness (PTC):

Learn and move on from your past, plan yet don’t stress about your future.  Worrying about tomorrow, takes away today’s strength.  Concentrate on the now of life.  Too often we get caught up in the “tomorrows” or the “yesterdays” baggage.  Learn to truly focus on what you are doing at this very place and time, and have gratitude for it.   Love this very moment for this moment is your life.

“The most powerful time in your life is NOW!” – Dali Lama

Love, light and laughter,

Dr. Vanda