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In March winter is holding back and spring is pulling forward.

Something holds and something pulls inside of us too.

Welcome to the March Newsletter, it is great writing again and giving inspiration on one’s health. There are many topics to consider this month; however, the two that come to my mind is should we diet long term or just change our lifestyle! Is a diet forever! Weigh in and give me your opinion? The other topic is supplements and are you getting the best quality brand offered on the market?

As some of you know Dan and I have been taking the new products SOUL AND CORE. This is seed based nutrition all organic and are cold pressed seeds to boost your immune system, lower inflammation, pain and to detox your body. The key word here is NUTRITION. We have been using them daily and see a big improvement in our health as we have been drinking the pouches for a number of months. Time of consistent use with these products is important unlike medicine which works quickly. Thank You all who have given a 6-day trial. Dan’s cholesterol count went way down and his blood pressure is now normal for his standards and his back pain has lowered. I have felt more energy. RAIN gives your body what you need in a more condensed, pure way than just about anything in the world. Because every ingredient derives from seeds or nature, your body can digest and utilize it faster and more effectively, allowing you to be the best you. Rain International has made big changes within the last month, which leads me into letting all of you to know that the website name has changed and there are new products. The new one for more information and to order any products is:

and check for more information.

To start off I would like to mention that it is National Nutrition Month. National Nutrition Month began in March 1973, and is an educational campaign focusing on the significance of physical fitness as well as eating nourishing meals.

The campaign was immediately embraced by members of the American Dietetic Association as an effective way to promote messages about nutrition all over the country and world. Taking charge of your health contributes to overall well-being; as well as losing weight or staying at your ideal weight, which reduces risks of chronic illness such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

LIFESTYLE OR DIETING? Through my teachings with the best of functional medicine doctors, I learned that its best to not diet but to make a good lifestyle change in your nutrition. This gives you a regular balance in your overall health.

Food is medicine. Bad food is bad medicine and will make us sick. Good food is good medicine that can prevent, reverse, and even cure disease. Take away the bad food, put in the good food and magic happens.

What if you could just treat the whole person with lifestyle changes, upgrading the information given every day to your body through food? Food is information carrying detailed instructions for every gene and every cell in your body, helping them to renew, repair, and heal or to be harmed and debilitated, depending on what you eat. What if you could send messages and instructions to heal your cells and turn on healing genes? And what if, by some simple changes in your lifestyle, you could start to get rid of most of your chronic symptoms and diseases in just one week (or maybe two!)?

If you are constantly putting in information that is making your body toxic, sick, and fat—hyper-processed industrial junk food, sugar, flour, chemicals, additives, MSG, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, inflammatory foods, or what I call anti-nutrients—it acts like poison in the body. It inflames your gut and your cells leading to whole-body inflammation that you experience as pain, allergies, headaches, fatigue, and depression and that leads to weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

By getting the junk out, getting inflammatory foods out, adding healing, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory foods—this has the power to heal in a way that medication can’t and never will be able to. This is a lifestyle change and not some diet.

Are You Ready to Make a Healthy Lifestyle Change?

I have been preaching since I was diagnosed with cancer that it all begins with the foods that we eat. We are never told that what we see on commercials or in the supermarket that most are not good for us. This is why we end up with heart disease, cancer or diabetes. I have been eating organic and healthier as part of my lifestyle for the good, over eight years and do not sacrifice any food group, just educated myself on substituting for the bad stuff. A good lifestyle is to stay away from processed sugars and wheat for cancer feeds on these items.

To avoid ~ however in a later newsletter I will show how you can eat items that are bad by making them good. You should eliminate all processed foods especially refined sugars such as; chocolate, soda, pastries, candy, doughnuts, and cookies. This is important for managing of blood sugar as well as to help starve cancer cells. Avoid artificial sweeteners such as NutraSweet and Splenda. Xylitol is a healthy and safe natural sweetener that can be used. NOTE ABOUT SUGARS: All processed sugar and grains are considered harmful sugars to your bodies. To maintain a healthier lifestyle this excludes all processed sugars and grains from your list of foods to eat.

You also need to avoid gluten. Gluten free choices would include brown rice, millet, oats, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, and tapioca. Eliminate damaged oils such as vegetable oils as for corn, canola, and sunflower. Another healthier way is using organic coconut oil, organic butter or Ghee, also use organic olive oil, avocado, nuts and butters. Hemp nut butter would be an excellent choice.

The food we eat is not just important, but what we drink. Drink plenty of pure water daily. It is best to sip throughout the day, taking in about half your body weight in ounces per day. You may add some fresh organic squeezed lemon to the water if desired. Avoid if you can drinking from plastic water bottles as there are compounds in plastic that can disrupt hormone function, look for a glass water bottle that you can use regularly. You need to eliminate fatty, charred or grilled foods. This has been linked with a higher risk of cancer.

If you consume meat, poultry and dairy products ~ select organic and or grass fed and hormone free products. These foods could contain residues of estrogenic hormones that are given to animals in order to promote growth. As far as fish make sure it is wild.

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS for a healthier lifestyle Increase vegetables to 6-10 cups a day. Vegetables provide the body with good water, fiber, and vitamins & minerals. This helps us to cope better with stresses and increases immune function. Other benefits of increased vegetable intake are increasing the PH within your body and decreases inflammation.

Decrease your exposure to toxins whenever possible. This is just as important as the food and water we drink ~ what we put on our bodies. • Use only shampoos, body lotion, skin care products that are free of parabens and added chemicals. • Avoid fumes from paint, cleaning solutions, bug sprays, nail polish, etc. There are organic and natural ways to go about using these products. • Do not drink from plastic bottles or cups. Glass would be best or paper cups. • Avoid microwave ovens _ never stand in front of the oven while waiting for something to cook as they all leak radiation. Microwaves reduces all nutrients in food • Use only non-toxic laundry detergents and cleaners

The next important topic is supplements.

SUPPLEMENTS we take but do not know the different types and how it can affect your life.

Vitamins: What are they and what do they do?

Reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT

Vitamins are organic compounds that are needed in small quantities to sustain life. Most vitamins need to come from food.

This is because the human body either does not produce enough of them, or it does not produce any at all.

Each organism has different vitamin requirements. For example, humans need to consume vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, but dogs do not.

Dogs can produce, or synthesize, enough vitamin C for their own needs, but humans cannot.

People need to get most of their vitamin D from exposure to sunlight, because it is not available in large enough quantities in food. However, the human body can synthesize it when exposed to sunlight.

Different vitamins have different roles, and they are needed in different quantities.

Fast facts on vitamins

Here are some key points about vitamins.

There are 13 known vitamins.

Vitamins are either water-soluble or fat-soluble.

Fat-soluble vitamins are easier for the body to store than water-soluble.

Vitamins always contain carbon, so they are described as "organic."

Food is the best source of vitamins, but some people may be advised by a physician to use supplements.

What are vitamins?

A vitamin is one of a group of organic substances that is present in minute amounts in natural foodstuffs. Vitamins are essential to normal metabolism. If we do not take enough of any kind of vitamin, certain medical conditions can result.

A vitamin is both:

an organic compound, which means it contains carbon an essential nutrient that body cannot produce enough of and which it needs to get from food.

Vitamins are either fat-soluble or water-soluble.

Fat-soluble vitamins

Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the fatty tissues of the body and the liver. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble. These are easier to store than water-soluble vitamins, and they can stay in the body as reserves for days, and sometimes months.

Fat-soluble vitamins are absorbed through the intestinal tract with the help of fats, or lipids.

Water-soluble vitamins

Water-soluble vitamins do not stay in the body for long. The body cannot store them, and they are soon excreted in urine. Because of this, water-soluble vitamins need to be replaced more often than fat-soluble ones.

Vitamin C and all the B vitamins are water soluble.

Using Supplements to Help Fight Cancer. The main difference between chemotherapy and vitamin or herbal supplements is that most chemotherapy is designed to kill cancer cells, while most supplements are designed to strengthen the immune system so that it can then remove cancer cells. The hope is that, by creating an internal environment that is incredibly strong and healthy, cancer cells will not be able to thrive.

Today’s fruits and vegetables contain much smaller amounts of vitamins than they did a hundred years ago. This is due to pesticide use, a lack of trace minerals in the soil, and the harvesting of fruits and vegetables long before they are ripe in order to transport them across the country. Consider this staggering fact: today’s fruits and vegetables have up to 40% FEWER VITAMINS and MINERALS than they did just 50 years ago. Given this widespread lack of minerals and nutrients in the food supply, you can see why supplements may be necessary for maintaining health in today’s world.

However, when it comes to the science, the jury’s still out. Sadly, this is because many herbal supplements cannot be patented, and therefore large pharmaceutical companies have very little incentive to conduct research on them—because they would not be able to make money off them. Nevertheless, smaller studies have shown that various supplements do indeed have cancer-fighting properties. For example, numerous studies done on epigallocatechin (ECGC)—a compound found in green tea—have found that it actively kills cancer cells, while other studies have found that mushroom supplements such as “turkey tail” increase the number of natural killer cells in cancer patients. Additional studies have shown that high doses of vitamin C, high doses of turmeric spice, and daily doses of probiotics all help to boost the immune system’s cancer-fighting capabilities.

FINALLY, QUAILITY AND STRENGTH OF SUPPLEMENTS. There has been a dramatic increase in the use of nutritional supplements over the last several years, with many relying on these alternatives as a means to prevent and treat disease. There is a common belief held by the population that all supplements are created equal. This has led some to seek the best value, not the best quality. A consumer should know that the grade, form, purity, bioavailability and third-party verification all contribute to the effectiveness of the product they're ingesting.

Nutritional supplements are typically available in four different categories: pharmaceutical grade, medical grade, cosmetic or nutritional grade, and feed or agricultural grade.

Pharmaceutical grade is the highest quality grade of vitamins, meaning the purity, dissolution and absorption meet the highest regulatory standard verified by an outside party. Pharmaceutical grade vitamins may be available without a prescription,

but they are typically only sold by licensed health care practitioners.

Medical grade vitamins are also a high-grade vitamin, although they may not meet all of the standards of pharmaceutical grade vitamins. Prenatal vitamins typically fall into this category.

Cosmetic or nutritional grade supplements are typically sold in health food stores. These supplements might not always be tested for absorption, dissolution or purity. Additionally, these supplements do not always have the same concentrations of active ingredients as what is listed on the label .

Feed or agricultural grade supplements are produced for veterinary use, and patients should not use this grade of supplement.

You may be asking, “Why are things such as form, purity and bioavailability so important?” The ability for your vitamin to work properly can vary greatly depending on the form used. An example of this is the difference between natural or synthetic vitamin E. Natural vitamin E is absorbed better from the GI tract and is more active than its synthetic counterpart. Magnesium aspartate is better absorbed and more bioavailable then magnesium oxide, but some manufacturers of lower-grade supplements use the oxide form because it takes up less room in the capsule or tablet and is less expensive. Purity is another important quality. All vitamins should be screened for impurities such as lead, mercury, pesticides, insecticides or other toxic ingredients.

The best way to make sure you are purchasing a high-quality nutritional supplement is to buy a pharmaceutical or medical grade form. These are usually only sold or recommended by a licensed health care practitioner such as a doctor, nurse practitioner, compounding pharmacist, chiropractor or certified nutritionist. The manufacturers of pharmaceutical grade supplements know their high-quality products can have a profound effect on an individual’s health; therefore, they want a licensed health care practitioner monitoring the use of their product. If you don't know if the supplements you are purchasing are pharmaceutical grade, make sure the company is Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certified and find out by whom they are certified. You may also want to make sure they perform laboratory analysis on their products, find out what kind of assays they perform on their products, and see if they do disintegration studies on their supplements. You may also want to see if the company performs human trials to ensure they are safe and effective. Seeking out a health care provider trained in integrative medicine can be a step in the right direction to help you through the process of finding a high-quality nutritional supplement that will meet your personal needs.

FINAL WORDS, I am not a doctor nor a nutritionist; however, I am in the process to be. Through the past eight years managing my cancer and keeping cancer free without surgery, chemo and radiation my passion and knowledge has brought me to you. I have learned from the finest professionals and functional physicians about lifestyle changes and have attended training sessions and conventions with my medical tourism group. I’m a big believer of inspiration and everything is possible. Be true to your SOUL and keep your CORE healthy.

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