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Your personal health care is the best long-term investment you can do for yourself. In the short term it fixes the discomfort and the mood. In the long term it sharpens the mind, improves sleep patterns, boosts the energy, and prolongs your life.

Don’t be a tough guy (or girl) and ignore the pain. Have ANY DISCOMFORT checked as soon as possible. Don’t allow your ego to ignore the problem! Fix it NOW before it’s too late!

Reach for a Total Health

Treatments and Remedies (index):

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True health is harmony between the individual (body, mind, heart and soul) and his or her environment.
– unknown

I put up my best hopes and intentions and became my own doctor. I started a healthy diet, multi-vitamins, gently increased exercise intensity, assumed positive mindset and did self-hypnosis. I figured that either one of the fixes will work, or the accumulation of many small things will add up to a grand result (Kaizen). And that’s exactly what happened.

My objective was to get to the root of each problem and fix it long term – not masking it with drugs. I started with a physical exam: checked my chemistry, blood and urin. Then I started researching and fixing whatever was broken.

When recovering from my accident I did a lot of sleeping, physiotherapy, Shiatsu massage, acupuncture (neck, feet and knees), Chinese medicine, and DoubleX® multi-vitamin. I followed all that with chiropractic adjustments to help the body with the healing process.

Top Health and Performance

  • Become your own doctor, do your own research, assume responsibility
  • Talk to doctors from the angle of super health and top performance
  • Check your spine for any problems and see a chiropractor to fix them if any
  • Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water and 1-3 cups of green tea throughout the day
  • Drink 2-4oz of Noni Juice everyday – it’s good for everyone and everything (Dr. Oz)
  • Have a shot of E3Live! or Wheatgrass juice and Acai berries smoothie few times a week
  • Consume mostly raw vegetables (few exceptions) and eat healthy (green, lean, alkaline)
  • Replace white rice/bread/sugar with brown and whole wheat equivalents
  • Significantly limit dairy, meat, salt, simple sugars, coffee, alcohol and bad fats
  • Exercise 3 to 5 times per week, walk and take stairs as much as possible
  • Breathe through your nose and into your lower abs as often as you can (no smoking!)
  • Limit cellphone use, use cable hands-free, disable Wi-Fi, avoid RF and  EMF
  • Spend time in nature, smell the flowers, listen to streams in forests
  • Find your purpose – a worthwhile reason to get up joyful every morning
  • Use self-hypnosis to heal yourself and push yourself to greatness

You will feel good, light, sharp, clear, and full of energy within days. You will effortlessly lose excess weight in a matter of weeks without dieting (ie. eating just the right size meals regularly throughout the day). You will look and feel healthy. Your body will start to heal immediately and you will see the top health progress after a few weeks. After a couple of months you will feel exploding with energy and jumping for joy! more on superhealth

Get pH Balance strips (little orange paper strips available at Health Stores) and measure your body’s alkaline/acidity level (touch the orange paper to saliva on your tongue for a few seconds). With my top performance diet (lots of blueberries and green tea) I am in a healthy range (around 7.0). Acidic level (below 5.5) is a perfect environment for illness.

Pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you. At one point I started getting a sugar-ill feeling. It stayed with me for a few hours at a time. I kept being hungry all day and my teeth became super sensitive to sugar for no reason. Finally I figured that it was a nudge to watch my sugar intake when I relaxed my strict healthy diet regime after about a year. As soon as I limited my sugar and sweets, everything was fine within a day!

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Cellphone Radiation

Cellphone Radiation Effect

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Cellphone radiation might be a great controversy, but to me it’s as obvious as night and day. Conversations longer than 10 minutes with cellphone at my ear cause a feeling of energetic entanglement in my head. I use cable hands-free mic & earphone (not bluetooth) and try to keep the cell phone away from my body (eg. on the table). There are enough studies on the internet about carrying cellphones on the belt and resulting in testicular cancer or leukemia years down the road.

I understand cellphones are necessary for doing business or other important conversations, but try to limit their use, eg. go offline on the weekends, put cell phone away at home or the office, etc. Disable Wi-Fi at home or at the very least lower the antenna power setting to minimum, so that you drop 1 bar of cellphone radiation at the farthest point from the wireless modem/router.

Watch for and stay away from other strong RF or EMF sources like big engines, electrical boxes, power lines, etc. It really boggles my mind the insanity behind the municipal governments having people driving those large, slow-moving, very noisy street cleaning vehicles – the EMF levels from those things are extremely high!

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Chiropractic Adjustment and Total Health

Note: Please read this important x-ray warning.

I spoke to 3 different chiropractors about my skiing mishap, my uneven body weight distribution (right side was heavier by a few pounds as revealed at a Total Health expo), and about top performance health and long life. All chiropractors agree that a chiropractic adjustment is immensely important as part of personal health care, for both adults and children.

I experienced three different levels of chiropractic adjustments, from very strong and physical, through gentle, to purely emotional and spiritual. With the last one, I’ve seen people crying and laughing at the same time as deeply set emotions were released.

For me (big guy), with a few crashes and accidents in my history, I felt that the strongest physical adjustment was the best. My first adjustment released a series of cracks in my neck like firing a machine gun. Right away I felt a huge relief and within a few hours an amazing joy came over me. Something was really blocking those nerves in my neck.

The spinal cord, which is enclosed in the spine, carries all impulses from the brain to the entire body, so it is crucial that the spine allows the central nervous system to operate flawlessly. Every organ in the body is affected by blockages (sublaxations) in the spine.

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Chiropractic Autonomic Nervous System Chart - Spinal Cord

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Vertebral Sublaxation and Nerve Chart - Spinal Cord

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If you live in Toronto, below are the three clinics I visited a few times each (ie. shopping around). You can use my name as a referrer to receive discounts on the initial visit.

  • Dr. Anthony Van Hoof (former Dr. Brian Wolfs) – personally I’ve had the best results with this chiropractor. Receive 80% off the initial consultation, examination and x-rays with the referral; 100 Guestville Avenue, Toronto, 416.763.0034; www.mountdennischiropractic.com
  • Dr. Elizabeth Viglasky – very gentle adjustments – my mother prefers this chiropractor. Receive free initial consultation, examination, x-rays and adjustment with referral; Healing Source, 2425 Bloor Street West #410, Toronto, 416.604.4184
  • Dr. Anthony Posa – I’ve experienced amazing energetic healing with this chiropractor. Receive free initial consultation and examination with the referral information; 2801 Keele Street #202, Toronto, 416.638.2225 www.networkcarecenter.com

Below are a couple of useful links if you would like to read up more about chiropractic treatments:

About Chiropractic Wellness

Spine Sublaxation Degeneration

A few notes straight out of my Journal:

Went to see Dr. Brian Wolfs chiropractor first thing in the morning and got xray of my spine done. So according to Dr. Wolfs my spine is fine. My off-balance problem is not static (nothing is visibly wrong). It is dynamic. Gotta research that. The problem that he saw was no natural curve in my neck. He made a neck adjustment. It clicked on the left side like a machine gun. On the right there was a single click or two [note it’s the spine movement that really counts, not the cracking]. It felt pretty good after! Good energy flow.

[Few hour later] Driving back from cooking class I really feel and see the difference now. Some major blockage was opened. Vision super crystal clear, voice low & deep (with resonance), words clearly articulated, feeling light, good, and full of Chi energy. Wow! Later did research on my case. Lateral twist of the spine is common and usually causes uneven hips and shoulders. Cause of it is head not being in the right place (uneven head level, not sitting right). Main treatment is in the C1-C2 area, and the rest will fix itself overtime. C1-C2 sublaxations may cause fatigue and low energy – hmm interesting. To heal, need to fix 3x/week for a few weeks to train the muscles to stay that way and not come back to the old (broken) state. Good sleep and good dreams. Self-woke at 7:50am and didn’t need coffee in the morning!!!!

Went to see Dr. Elizabeth at Bloor and Jane. She did some tests on me and found a few things: tight right hip, problems in fore-elbows/forearms, shoulders, some heart area spine problems, and poor neck flexibility. She did the scale test and the difference was around 12lbs. She says it went down [from the expo time] because I already had an adjustment. She told me I can grab xrays from the other doctor. She did discuss the whole spine with me and showed me some other minor-ish problems. She also did a whole spine adjustment. Felt good after, but not the same as after Dr. Wolfs. [My mother felt healthier and more energetic within few weeks].

[Couple of months later…] So I noticed that my lower back pain is gone! Few things: vibrating and hot chair cushion for a few hours, shiatsu, chiropractic adjustment, posture and proper sitting, and last but not least, back exercises at the gym! Interesting.

I asked Dr. Wolfs to have a look at my mid-back which hurts when riding my bike. Shiatsu therapist noticed something there, but she couldn’t help. Dr. Wolfs noticed it too and said it’s a rib. He cleared the sublaxation (it clicked like mad), and I felt a huge relief right away. The problem was gone just like that!

At Dr. Wolfs I mentioned this weekend’s episode with shoulder, neck, and side of a head. He felt my shoulder and felt the knot – technically a shiatsu material. He made an adjustment, which clicked like crazy. I felt a huge relief, and about an hour later, I felt a healthy tingling, like the healing energy or nutrients were rushing there to fix everything. It felt like a leg that was “asleep” and now the blood is rushing in there, kinda nice tingly feeling. Really cool.

Told Dr. Wolfs that I feel so good these days it’s crazy! He says that’s what happens when you unblock the nervous system. Your family’s and personal health care is top priority to Dr. Wolfs. I think that’s fantastic.

Back pain tips from the pre-chiropractor treatment days:

  • Apply heat gel pads to your back when it hurts – it really works.
  • Get vibrating and electric heat lumbar support for your home/office chair.
  • Exercise back at the gym (eg. back hyper extension; start slow and safely!).
  • Exercise for the forward-head syndrome: Back to the wall, thin pillow (2in) mid back, move head horizontally backwards to touch the wall. Human brain weighs 3 pounds 😉

UPDATE: I have been with Dr. Wolfs for over year and a half now. My spine curve near the neck has improved a lot (from 4 to 13 degrees in 1 year). Nowadays I get one adjustment per week on Mondays to perform my best that week. I still find it really incredible how it boosts my energy and clarity every time.

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Natural Common Cold Remedies

I used to get a common cold every few months on consistent basis. Since I started applying all the diet and exercise changes, and getting an ongoing chiropractic adjustment, the common cold virus was catching me less and less often. Of course things like personal hygiene, careful interaction with unknown people or places, and frequent hand-washing are a given!

Currently I don’t get sick at all, but it does happen that I feel a virus attacking me. The beginning is very subtle, but it’s very important to act IMMEDIATELY. I know it’s happening when I feel a little bit weaker, my throat is a bit itchy, and I have a very minor congestion.

The best way to fight common cold at home is with heat (staying warm) and internal fire (hot spicy food). I can get rid of cold symptoms within 24-48 hours and be 99% healthy by day 3-4.

“Operation fix” as I call it, consists of the following natural cold remedies 1-3 times per day for a few days:

  • Noni Juice, VegeGreens Superfood powder with orange juice, NatureBorn Vitamins
  • Large MaxVeggie juice and 2oz. shot of E3Live! or Wheatgrass (at Jugo Juice)
  • Super spicy Chicken Soup like Vietnamese Pho Ga or spicy Thai cuisine
  • Tabasco, horseradish, pepper, Japanse wasabi, Indian curry, Mexican sauces
  • Lots of garlic, onions, spinach, carrots, beets, parsley, and green salad or pita
  • Herbs: hot water inhalation with chamomile, mint, linden/lime, or eucalyptus
  • Fruit: ruby red grapefruit, apples, raspberries, lemons, oranges, kiwis
  • Hot Green Tea with Mint Oil, Propolis, lemon juice and a few raspberries
  • Vitamin C (2000mg maximum per day) and/or DoubleX® multi-vitamin
  • 1-5 minutes of sun exposure at a tanning salon (Vitamin D and the Sun light)
  • Steam Room at the gym (with addition of Eucalyptus oil) – deep breathing
  • When breathing, visualize good air going in (nose) and virus going out (mouth)
  • Hot yoga at the gym, and possibly light cardio (elliptical or bike)
  • Go to sleep early and get plenty of rest (nap throughout the day as needed)
  • Dress warm (day and night to sweat it out – sleep with fleece, scarf, hat, sweat pants and socks on)
  • Chiropractic adjustment (C4-5 & T3) and Paraliminal® Perfect Health self-hypnosis
  • Relaxing meditation at home with focus on deep breathing (into lower abs)
  • Mentally feel healthy (intention) – affirm to self that body just needs a little break
  • If the Common Cold feels strong, take Advil Cold & Sinus® or ColdFX®
  • If your nose is congested, get Nasonex® spray (tilt head back when spraying)
  • If you don’t get better within a week, consider a light & quick antibiotic
  • When feeling “almost” well (no sore throat, no runny nose) – restart cardio exercise

You can get most of the products at quality supermarkets, health stores and pharmacies. Continue the operation minimum for 2 days or as long as required. Usually you’ll feel a lot better in the morning.

Spicy Pho Ga - Vietnamese Hot Chicken Soup - a natural common cold remedyThe super spicy Vietnamese Chicken Soup clears my mucus in throat, sinuses, stomach heavyness, breathing, sleepiness, and overall sluggishness. Basically it restores my power Chi (energy) in the chest and nicely heats up the insides! The best natural common cold remedy once in a while!

Super short (1-5 minutes) tanning sessions are like a blessing for me, especially during cold winters. I somewhat meditate while under the light and feel an amazing tingling energy all over my body, like the Vitamin D and the strong light were working miracles. Note: consider wearing sunscreen when tanning.

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Skin, Moles and Freckles

Book an appointment with your local dermatologist to check all your moles and freckles. If you are concerned about changes in a specific mole, see your dermatologist asap. The ABCDE signs to watch out for are:

Difference between Moles and Freckles and Melanoma ABCDE Test

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  • Asymmetry – one side is different from the other
  • Border – irregular, ragged or imprecise
  • Colour – variation with brown, black, red, grey or white areas or spots
  • Diameter – anything larger than 6mm
  • Evolution – change in colour, size, shape or symptom (itching, tenderness)

If you have a white with reddish hue sensitive skin, you must wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater all year long. The Canadian Dermatology Association’s recognized sunscreens include: Aveeno, Banana Boat, Coppertone, Dove, Hawaiian Tropic, La Roche, Life Brand, Neutrogena, Olay, Ombrelle, President’s Choice, RoC, ROSASOL, and Vichy.

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Eyes, Ears, Vocal Chords, and Teeth

Book an eye exam with your local optometrist to check your vision and overall health of your eyes. If you are doing a lot of computer work at night, consider turning off the main lights and working only with an incandescent desk lamp just to the side of your monitor(s). Natural daylight is still the best as long as the overall contrast of the outdoor and indoor light and monitor brightness is balanced (ie. not straining eyes). Also every 5-10 minutes look somewhere long-distance for a moment (eg. out the window) – this helps eyes stay relaxed.

Book a hearing test with your local audiologist to check your hearing sensitivity at different frequencies. If you are having trouble hearing or understanding people in noisy situations this could be the reason. If your hearing is great, other reasons can include limited vocabulary or personal lexicon (inventory of words and phrases) in the language in which you are having trouble. If your ears hurt, you may need to use an antibiotic for ears such as Sandoz Opticort or Noni Juice (applied directly into ears), which healed my ear infection in 2 days!

Health Care Physicians: eye exam, hearing test, vocal chords, teeth and gumsCheck your vocal chords with your local laryngologist (Ear Nose Throat doctor) if you’re having trouble speaking, singing, or have constant problem with sinuses or mucus. You may have to do a CAT scan of sinuses (see this important x-ray warning). The problem goes away if you take care of your vocal chords (drink lots of water and no throat clearing for starters), eat healthy, stop consumption of cow milk, and do a chiropractic adjustment.

Check your teeth and gums with your local dentist. You should brush your teeth for 2-3 minutes minimum twice daily or after every meal (gently, top and bottom separately, moving away from the gums, and if using electric toothbrush – not applying pressure), floss and use mouthwash (check with your dentist for details on techniques). Also do a teeth cleaning procedure every 3-6 months depending on your diet and daily cleaning habits. If you have sensitive teeth, the Sensodyne toothpaste works pretty well as long as you keep using it. If you’re having x-rays of your teeth done, please see this important x-ray warning.

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Mucus in Throat and Milk (cow, goat, soy, rice)

I discussed my mucus in throat problem with Laryngologist (Ear Nose Throat doctor). He checked my vocal chords which were fine, and booked me for a cat scan of sinuses (please see this important x-ray warning). He confirmed my findings about the negative effects of Cow Milk and enzymes it contains.

Laryngologist told me he sees three long-term solutions:

    1. Do nothing (my final answer after trying Nexium®)
    2. Try a medication (Nexium® or Avamys®)
    3. Have an operation to adjust nasal passage (I don’t think so!)

Milk causes mucus in throatCurrently I am consuming a maximum of 1 litre of goat milk per week, and if it’s not available I opt for just a bit of soy milk (ie. with coffee) or lactose-free milk. Soy milk isn’t the best beverage when it comes to men’s libido and not so great for anybody in general, but I let you read up on that.

After about a month after I switched to goat milk, the major changes were better and I had a clearer voice and a lot less mucus. After about a year, I decided to switch away from daily completely, which resulted in further reduction of mucus. Instead of the goat milk, I now drink Fortified Rice Beverage or Almond Milk.

I found that a Super Spicy and healthy Vietnamese Chicken Soup (Pho Ga) nicely clears mucus in my throat, sinus congestion, stomach bloating, breathing, sleepiness, and overall sluggishness. It basically restores my power Chi in the chest.

In a herbal medicine book I read that a spicy chicken soup or spicy meals once a day for a few weeks can get help break up the mucus (rarefaction) and allow the body to better release and dissolve it from the throat.

Once there is relief, the body can take over and heal itself by destroying throat bacteria and restoring lining in the throat that transports the mucus out. This natural remedy really worked for me. It is also good for dealing with Asthma.

Few resources for your further consideration:

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Flat Feet and Arch Support

Foot Arch Problem Types

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Book an appointment with your local chiropodist (Ontario) or podiatrist (surgical) to check your feet and ankles. Do it asap, as things can get worse very quickly. Flat feet can affect knees, hips and spine, which cause pain and general posture misalignment putting your mobility in the future at risk.

If you need Orthotics (custom insoles worn in shoes) for your arch support, my research revealed that the best method for making them is non-weight bearing cast method. Insist that this method is used or try the next podiatrist on the list.

A few tips from my chiropodist – do the exercises daily for arch pain and flat feet:

  • Rest feet on ice (frozen pop, water bottle, or small bag of peas)
  • Exercise feet (do the ABC… in the air with a foot)
  • Stretch feet (back/bottom: heal suspension from stairs; top: lock foot against something and pull body forward )
  • Manual manipulation (stretching feet with hands)
  • New shoes (ask for a pronation shoe – a shoe for flat feet, eg. New Balance)
  • Epsom Salt Bath (soak and stretch feet in the tub)
  • Get custom foot orthotics (from chiropodists, podiatrists or chiropractors)

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Knee Joints Health

Knee Joint Anatomy

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I used to get a strange deep dull pain in my knee joints when sitting in a drafty or cool area. The condition worsened over the years happening more and more frequently and sometimes I would not be able to sleep or concentrate on work because of it. A few years ago I found that heat in the form of the Hot-Cold-Gel-Packs worn often (I used Rexall brand with a long and wide Velcro strap) delivered a great deal of relief.

This is especially important during Winter season. I purchased quality Long Johns at The Bay, plus a fashionable cashmere scarf and cool Esprit hat. Did they work fantastic! I did not experience being cold this Winter at all! Although not recommended, I slept with the braces on a few times and the knees felt amazing in the morning. My doctor said to wear them only during the day, and at night let the circulation do the work. Warming the knees up with the hot gel packs in the evening and then sleeping in sweat pants did the trick.

I also did acupuncture on my knees with Dr. Yu (Tian Long Acupuncture). It wasn’t the most pleasant experience, but the results were noticeable. The chronic “cold” pain disappeared. Dr. Yu said that I had a “deep cold” in my knee joints. From that point on, I keep them nice and warm. When biking in the Fall or Spring I wear soft elastic knee braces to protect my knee joints from wind and to add a bit of stability.

To add to the great offensive of joint pain relief, I’ve made great changes to my diet (Top Health). I used Nutrilite Glucosamine Plus supplement with shellfish exoskeleton, shark cartilage and Chondroitin(!) for about a year, and then Tahitian Noni Healthy Joints Extract with Noni Fruit, Glucosamine HCL, Turmeric, and Citric Acid.

I also drank 4-6oz of Noni Juice Extra everyday, which aided the overall healing, and had 2-3 chiropractic knee adjustments per month. I could feel my knee joints healing with a pleasant feeling.

The doctor told me to avoid locking the knees when standing as that is another way to quickly loose cartilage. He advised me to stand with my knees just slightly bent – in an athletic stance. It all worked well and when I went for walks, my knee joints felt so light and “flowy”.

My final knee test, just to make sure absolutely everything was alright, was an MRI. I went to my doc, requested referral, and then to a hospital, radiology department. I was very polite and asked if I could have it done soon. The line was a few months long, but I said that I can come any time, even at night, and so I got an appointment within a week at 3am. Week later I got the MRI results. Everything in there was fine. The knee joints were just a little stressed. I was to take care and go easy on them.

So I took it easy on the knees for a couple of more months, and then started progressing the difficulty of the workouts. I let my trainer know to keep in mind my weak knees, but after a few leg workouts, the muscles just above the knee cap got stronger and the clicking greatly subsided. He focused on the Hip Adduction and Hip Abdution machines, plus Leg Extension and Leg Curl with a limited range of motion. Today I do Muay Thai kicks and squats with 220 pounds on my shoulders and the knees are strong like a bull.

My Shiatsu massage therapist recommended that I can heal myself (eyes, knees, metabolism, anything) with self-massage, intention and healing energy like Reiki. I have to do it everyday, and after some time, the results will show. I did it daily for about 3 weeks and the knees did feel better. I still self-massage the knees now for maintenance. To top it all off, I tried a Salt Spa (location currently closed). Besides easier breathing, I felt nice tingling in my arms and legs – especially in my knee joints.

After further research on numerous solutions and fixes on jaw and knees, I found that the body can heal itself as long as there isn’t any urgent physical damage. It is very important to minimize the symptoms, the root cause and pain through gentleness, care, supplements and stimulation (shiatsu and self-massage).

Root causes of a sore knee in many cases are a dry skin over the knees and flat feet which causes misalignment and affects knee joints, hips and spine. I recently found a great natural way to minimize the pain and promote healing. The Ginseng-based Arthritis Pain Relief Cream moisturizes the skin (to stop drying up of the knee joint) and relieves the pain, which in turn makes any healing method much more effective. Good night sleep is very important, too.

As an effective and less expensive alternative, what I am currently using topically on my knees twice a day is Skin Supplement Original Lotion. The cream has given me great pain relief in the form of much needed moistutre or lubrication of the joint. Sometimes when I couldn’t fall asleep because of the discomfort I felt in the knees, as soon as I applied the cream I was out within minutes!

Fitness Tip: Don’t run! Especially if you’re overweight. It’s bad for your knees and back. Do fast pace walks, bike riding, swimming or use elliptical machines for 20+ minutes at a time.

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TMJ treatment (clicking jaw)

Clicking Jaw TMJ Anatomy

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For the clicking jaw (TMJ – Temporo-Mandibular Joint) problem I found that the biggest relief came from a Chiropractic adjustment, where my chiropractor adjusted the very top vertebrae (C1 cervical). In addition to that I try not to eat tough chewy food (steak, energy bars), not to open my mouth very wide (avoiding big sandwiches), and not clicking the jaw on purpose. My dentist recommended a night guard for teeth.

Just like with the knee, as long as you are careful not to overstretch the jaw and attacking the problems with multiple solutions, body will slowly return to a healthy state. Thou it may look silly, you have to cut your apples in 4 pieces, control your yawns, and skip eating large sandwiches.

Few resources for your further consideration:

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Cholesterol (HDL and LDL)

My physical exam blood test results were just barely within norms. I had to drop LDL (bad cholesterol) big time and increase HDL (good cholesterol) slightly. See your physician to book a blood test and get your exact numbers.

Cholesterol HDL and LDL Anatomy

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To easily transition into the Top Health eating habits, I did a colon cleanse and candida cleanse, which forced me to go out of my way to hunt down healthy food and habits. After that ordeal, it was a lot easier to maintain the healthy diet. In fact, the unhealthy food made me feel ill (ie. like putting cheap gas into a high-end car).

Soluble fibre is the key for LDL cholesterol loss. I found that President’s Choice Blue Menu Fibre First cereal is the perfect addition to the wholesome breakfast in the morning. Occasional fibre supplement sprinkled on top of a dish or salad also helps. The fibre cereal is also a life saver when I get hungry late at night as it has no sugar and fibre digests for a long time. I have it with water and then I fall asleep pretty quick.

UPDATE: NatureBorn Vitamins, which are based on all-natural plant ingredients and anti-oxidant blend can help stabilize HDL and LDL cholesterol in as little as 30 days. Tahitian Noni Fibre Products are a great natural way to meet your minimum daily fiber requirement.

Few interesting points about Cholesterol HDL and LDL management:

  • Eat healthy, quit smoking, lose weight, exercise and have a chat with your doctor
  • Exercise 3-5 times per week for minimum 20 minutes and preferably in the morning
  • Duration (not intensity or frequency) is the best, eg. long walks or sports games
  • Have 1 glass of red wine (low GI index) few times per week. *Drink Responsibly!*

Few resources for your further consideration:

Benefits of the most common Fruit and Vegetables:

Fruit / Veg

Benefit

Benefit

Benefit

Benefit

Benefit

apples

Protects your heart

Prevents constipation

Blocks diarrhea

Improves lung capacity

Cushions joints

apricots

Combats cancer

Controls blood pressure

Saves your eyesight

Shields against Alzheimer’s

Slows aging process

artichokes

Aids digestion

Lowers cholesterol

Protects your heart

Stabilizes blood sugar

Guards against liver disease

avocados

Battles diabetes

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Controls blood pressure

Smoothes skin

bananas

Protects your heart

Quiets a cough

Strengthens bones

Controls blood pressure

Blocks diarrhea

beans

Prevents constipation

Helps hemorrhoids

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Stabilizes blood sugar

beets

Controls blood pressure

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones

Protects your heart

Aids weight loss

blueberries

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Stabilizes blood sugar

Boosts memory

Prevents constipation

broccoli

Strengthens bones

Saves eyesight

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

cabbage

Combats cancer

Prevents constipation

Promotes weight loss

Protects your heart

Helps hemorrhoids

cantaloupe

Saves eyesight

Controls blood pressure

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Supports immune system

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Colon Cleanse and Diet

I did the colon cleanse first to get things moving (pun intended). In terms of diet difficulty, it was medium level. The benefits included overall better mood and energy, feeling cleaner and healthier on the inside, effortless weight loss, and a regular bowel movement.

I used the Renew Life® CleanseSMARTTM natural herbal bowel cleanse and body detox (available at GNC stores), plus fibre supplement and digestive enzymes. It all worked quite nicely for me. I had 2-3 big and easy bowel movements per day and I quickly discovered that more than half a cup of light coffee per day was killing me, which was great!

My friend Cindy, a complete body cleanse expert, has a thorough Spring Clean Cleanse website with plenty of information about different types of detox cleansing for different purposes. Sign up for the PWG Newsletter to grab a free 1-page summary on a quick and painless detox cleanse.

Additional tips:

Beans Salad as an effective colon cleanse dietEat a diet high in fibre and fluids for effective colon cleanse. Fresh vegetable and fruit juices are good (especially carrot, apple, and cabbage). Aloe vera juice is really good also. Don’t eat seeds, popcorn, and nuts. And absolutely avoid red meat, alcohol, caffeine, refined carbohydrates, and dairy products. Drink plenty of water but NOT alcohol.

Take a psyllium-seed supplement. Do abs exercises and yoga to help tone the organs and encourage passage of waste through the colon.

Garlic and horseradish are natural herbs for cleaning the colon of worms and other parasites. Preparation: take 1 tablespoon of chopped garlic/horseradish two times a day, or horseradish sauce by the teaspoon twice a day.

Other natural colon cleansing agents are: cayenne pepper, Italian chopped peppers which can be sprinkled on foods to aid in cleansing the intestines as well while maintaining a high intake of Vitamins A and C. A favorite recipe is: mix 1/8th tspn of cayenne pepper, the juice of one lemon, one minced clove of garlic, and one gram of vitamin C. Sip slowly.

Flaxseed can be eaten raw or cooked, and 1 tspn daily can prevent constipation in adults. Flaxseed oil is also one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids, helpful in reducing cholesterol and reducing arthritis pain.

Fibre sources:

  • Black beans
  • Oatmeal
  • Lentils
  • Apples

Works cited: The Encyclopedia of Natural Healing by Mark Bricklin and Vitamin Bible by Earl Mindell

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Candida Cleanse and Diet

Although my negative lab test results (talk to your doctor to book the test) showed I didn’t need candida cleansing, the candida cleanse diet was just what I needed to force myself to eat healthy. Plus I am sure it actually did clean up whatever was lurking down there as the candida symptoms disappeared after a couple of months.

According to my research and personal experience the warning signs of candida albican in the body are:

  • Low energy and feeling exhausted
  • Feeling hazy and not thinking clearly (“foggy thinking”)
  • Craving sugar, bloated abdomen, stomachache
  • Some white patches or coating on tongue

I used the Renew Life® CandiGONETM anti-fungal and anti-bacterial herbal cleanse with CandiZYMETM and FloraSMARTTM (all available at GNC stores). I did the candida cleansing twice (ie. 2 cycles in a row) as I loved the results and wanted to REALLY clean things up.

The candida cleanse diet was rough with many restrictions, but I felt overall better and I was down another belt loop on my waist! The diet consisted of fibre (beans), protein (powder, chicken), whole wheat (rice), greens (salads), and absolutely no sugar.

I was also eating a lot of garlic dishes, drinking veggie juice, taking multi-vitamins, eating a lot of fibre (especially for breakfast), and having Spirulina and Wheatgrass shots. The fibre filled me up, it lasted longer, and thus I was eating less. Perfect! Though my hair looked less than healthy, but it was better when I got back to fruit.

After a while I invested in a Hamilton Beach Juice Extractor and started making my own veggie juice. It takes about half an hour to wash, “resize”, and process vegetables and then clean the machine, but I make enough for 3-4 days, so it’s a resonable cost in terms of time.

Salmon with Salad Dish during candida cleanse dietEAT LOTS: Salmon, beans, vegetables, chicken

AVOID: Aged cheeses, additives & preservatives, alcohol, caffeine and other stimulants, chocolate, fruits, glutenous foods, mushrooms, nuts, sugars, honeys and syrups, spices, curries & hot foods, vinegar

Few resources about for your further consideration:

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Body Detox Ion Cleansing

Ionic Body Detox Cleanse through FeetI did the Ion cleansing after the colon and candida cleansings, which were taxing on my liver and gallbladder (filtering). Thus, it was the perfect time to cleanse those organs with ion cleansing. The water in the tub reflected toxins in joints, gallbladder, liver, and also lymphatic system as I was getting over a cold, plus very minimal traces of candida.

I tried Ion Cleansing at Divine Skin Therapy in Toronto. I did a total of 10 sessions and did feel overall lighter and internally cleaner after each one.

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Important X-Ray Warning

Go easy on the X-Rays, CAT scans and MRI’s with nuclear contrast agents. Disclose to any doctor (Chiropractor, Denstist, Laryngologist, etc.), who wants to do X-Rays, if and when you had X-Rays done last (wait few months between nuking yourself).

The radiation and toxicity overdose made me feel somewhat sluggish and uneasy even thou there were no changes in my Top Health diet and exercise. What eventually helped me was the ion cleansing body detox, couple of shiatsu massages, and veggie and fibre overdose.

When you’re done with your personal health care…

Just imagine getting up in the morning feeling great and ready to go. It’s worth it! Trust me 🙂

Also check out the Health Forum for more treatments and discussions: HealthBoards Message Boards, and another great website with plenty of treatments: Home Remedied For You.

If you’ve found this article helpful, please post your comments below and spread the word. I want to hear your feedback. All the best!

IMPORTANT NOTE:

The information above is based on personal experiences, true results, and real stories. However, please consult your physician before following any advice on this website. For more details read this Important Disclaimer. 11:11

 

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