Dr. Mercola Interviews JJ Virgin (Full Version)

In this fascinating interview JJ Virgin lifts the lid on sugar consumption. Dr. Joseph Mercola asks the questions.

Sugar addiction is rife in our society, and it can be difficult to avoid hidden sugars in food, particularly processed. However we need to be aware of all sugars, even the ones we consider to be healthy.

From fruit juice to so-called “healthy” snacks sugar can play havoc with our physical, mental and emotional health. This video is worth watching with a pen in your hand so you can take notes.

She says, “I wrote The Sugar Impact Diet because I saw how people were controlled by sugar and consumed with their cravings. Or they felt confused, thinking they were doing everything right but still struggling with fatigue, brain fog, belly bloat, and other miserable symptoms.”

The book claims to help you break free of sugar addiction.

You can also get a copy of her book, The Sugar Impact Diet.


The Power Of Detox

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It’s impossible as we live our modern lives not be exposed to toxins. Even something as something as your daily hair shampoo is a cocktail of potential nasties. Take a read at the bottle and you need a chemistry degree to be able to understand it.

When you add in cleaning products, detergents on clothing, and the pollutants in the air that you breathe then your body has its work cut out to stay healthy.

And that’s before we even add in whats contained in the food and water that we consume every day.

Any one of these poisons is bad for us but there are untold chemical reactions taking place that may have a detrimental effect on our health.

I was reading some articles online a few days ago and it go me thinking about my own experience of detoxing.

I first tried it after reading a marvelous book called The Miracle Of Fasting by Paul Bragg. I started to fast one day per week. I loved it and wanted to do more, but a busy schedule meant that I needed to maintain my energy levels.

That was when I started juicing – it enabled me to get many of the benefits of a fast but also kept my body nourished as I fulfilled the demands of my day. By consuming large quantities of juice and less solid materials my body began a natural detoxification.

The results were startling. Initially I was surprised by just how much I let go off – phsyically and emotionally. But after each tear-filled session I felt stronger, cleaner, more purified, and even more determined to continue with this healthier lifestyle.

I have continued to look after my health in the years since and two or three times per year I will embark on an intensive detox. I do this, not by starving my body, but by lovingly making sure that it receivs only the very best in nutrition – light, organic fruits and vegetables. Nothing else, apart from a herbal tea.

It works wonders and I’d highly recommend you investigate clearing the junk from your own system.

Stressed Or Present

learn to meditateSo, what are you? Stressed or present?

According to my meditation teacher you cannot be both at the same time. At first this seemed strange to me, but the more I sat with it I realized the truth within that statement.

Being stressed means that I have to be thinking about something – something that has happened in the past, or something that I think may happen in the future.

If I’m fully engaged with what I am doing right in this moment the there is no time to think about it – I am just doing it.

Mmmmm. There may be something here for all of us?

If we can stay present, if we can fully give our attention to what is directly in front of us, then we experience absorption – we are in the moment.

Those moments when we are fully present, absolutely present with “what is” are moments of simplicity, clarity and fluidity – we are “in the flow”.

One of the best ways to discover this is through meditation classes. I learned to meditate a number of years ago and life has become simpler, more joyful and easier (even when things have been challenging, somehow I have felt capable of rising to the challenges).

Meditation can help us let go of stress, relax easier and deeper, sleep better, and develop our spiritual potential. People have been meditating for thousands of years – that in itself gives us confidence that it is worthwhile doing.

We live in a fast-paced and sometimes intense world. Many people feel overwhelmed and experience stress-related illness and depression. Indeed most health experts agree that stress is the underlying cause of many major health problems.

Having too much stress can result in poor levels of sleep. As this article on the BBC website shows research shows that poor sleep can result in the permanent loss of brain cells.

A number of studies have shown that profound states of consciousness such as those engages in deep meditation can actually grow parts of the brain, and there are many exciting experiments being undertaken to help discover the hidden benefits of regular practice.

One thing is certain, learning how to meditate is something that should be investigated as the resaerch and the subjective experience of thos who do it regularly would point to it being vital for a happier and healthier life.

You can find out about meditation classes from the Bright Path Ishayas Ascension.

Breathing And Water

breathing and waterWe can live for weeks without food.

We can live for days without water.

We can live for minutes without air.

It’s surprising given these facts that we spend so much time discussing and stressing over diet and food.

Don’t get me wrong, what we eat is important, but when compared with breathing and water food is of lesser immediate importance.

How many of us have placed much attention on the air we breathe? Or how we breathe? Many of us live in cities, where the exhaust fumes of vehicles have become so common that we don’t even notice it.

Maybe it isn’t until we head out into nature, to a forest or a mountainside, that we re-connect with pure air… and it feels wonderful, invigorating and revitalizing.

Similarly with the water we drink. It’s an unfortunate fact of urban life that most of the water we drink has been recycled – and not in a good way. In some cities the average glass of water has already been through 7 other people before it touches your lips.

Think about that for a moment. Do you still want that glass of tap water?

It’s no wonder more and more people are investigating healthy options. The very least you should do is invest in a good quality water filter – and make sure you change the filters, otherwise you will receive no health benefits.

Similarly when it comes to air quality, find a filtration system, or use an ionizer to keep dust and other particles away from your inhalations.

It’s generally considered a good thing to keep your bedroom window open at night. The air will help your body, especially so since there is generally less traffic and dust in the air during the wee small hours. It will also help the quality of your sleep.

So, food and diet is vitally important, but let’s also pay attention to breathing and water.

5 Things To Keep In Mind When Looking For A Chiropractor

Help To Health Chiropractic logoJust like every other profession in chiropractic some are better than others. Your health and in particular the health of your spine are critical, so it’s important to make the right choice of chiropractor.

Don’t just go for the first one of Google or in your local Yellow Pages – that would be a mistake. Take some time to research and find the right one for you. After all, your health is in their hands.

Don’t make the mistake of choosing the first chiropractor in the phone book, or of not doing ample research before deciding on which professional you will allow to adjust and align your spine.

Here are five things to keep in mind when looking for a chiropractor:


Lots of people use chiropractors. Ask around your family, work colleagues, friends – can they recommend anyone? Is there someone you should really avoid?

Visit websites and read testimonials. Check out reviews of Google and Yelp. Take some time and see what others are saying.

Fair Pricing

Sure, chiropractors may charge differently for different services, and you should not ever choose a chiropractor based solely on affordability.However, if you call around, you will find that some chiropractors charge fees that are just plain out of the ballpark.Also, don’t forget to ask about what is included with the cost you are quoted, as well as what additional charges you may incur through a routine visit.

Holistic Philosophy

Does your chiropractor seem like they want to really get to know you? Do they ask questions about your lifestyle, job, diet, fitness program? All of these things work to make you and your body what they are right now.

Dr. Mark Davies, of Help To Health Chiropractor, Rayleigh says, “Patients are not just a collection of muscles and bones. Chiroprators should understand the person to help evolve a better care plan.”

What school of Chiropractic techniques?

Not all chiropractors have the same way of treating patients. There are different schools, such as McTimoney.

Some are gentle and purely using the hands. Others use instruments and tools and have a much more vigorous approach, cracking and popping.

Find out the style that your chiropractor will use and make sure you are comfortable with it.

Working with other professionals

A good chiropractor will work with other health professionaals to ensure the best care for their patients. Ask if they will refer you to other specialistsor or doctors if needs be. You don’t want to be with someone who thinks they have every answer to your health questions.

Do they work with physicians, doctors, nutritionists, fitness professionals etc. Find out if they have a “team” of trusted individuals with other skills that they call on to ensure high levels of patient care,

If they do, that’s a big “Plus”.

Finding a good chiropractor can take a little bit of research, but it is well worth it. After al, you may end up using him/her for years to come. And don’t be afarid to try out two or three chiropractors before settling on the one that has the correct approach for you.

Further Resources : http://www.helptohealthchiropractic.co.ukhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiropractic

Signs Of Yeast Infection

how to get rid of a yeast infection

Candidiasis is the scientific name of yeast infection. Sometimes it’s known by the name of “Thrush”. In order to diagnose whether if you have a yeast infection, you need to take a pH balance test.

This can be done either by getting the vaginal or any other kind of discharge tested by the doctor. Apart from the discharge, the doctor shall also conduct a routine physical check up of you

Most of us have no clue how to get rid of yeast infection, so it is worth taking the time to investigate symptoms and possible solutions. You may want to visit a doctor just to get confirmation that your actually do have a yeast infection

Drinking magnetized water and reducing sugar in your diet, as well as reducing stress levels, can all contribute to balancing the acid/alkaline levels in your body.

The genital area can pick up a number of infections, so it is highly recommended that you get tested to see it if you actually do have a yeast infection.

This is especially important if you are sexually active as there are other conditions it could be, plus you don’t want to pass it on to your partner.

Symptoms such as burning, itching, irritation etc. are common with yeast infections, but they can also occur in other infections. So, for reassurance, head to your medical centre and get things tested.

Homeopathic remedies like Yeastrol can help with the symptoms.

What Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Commonly used in the treatment of anxiety and depression, cognitive behavioural therapy is a talking therapy that can help an individual come to terms with their problems by altering the way that they think about certain situations. Although anxiety and depression are the two main issues that are associated with CBT, this form of therapy can also be used to treat a number of other mental and physical difficulties too.

cognitive behavioural therapy

We all have problems in our lives from time to time, but it is how we deal with these issues that determine our outlook on life. CBT can help those who may concentrate on the negative side of things to have a more positive outlook on life in general. Although CBT will not make the problems go away altogether, it can give the individual a foundation upon which to build a more constructive mindset that will help them to overcome any of life’s obstacles.

How does CBT work?

With the help of a cognitive behavioural therapist, the individual will explore ways in which they can begin to make more sense of problems that they may currently feel are overwhelming them. This is generally done by examining these issues and breaking them down into smaller, more manageable parts. These parts are categorised into five separate areas:

• Thoughts
• Emotions
• Situations
• Feelings
• Actions

The idea behind CBT is that these five areas are all interconnected in some way, and the result of how we feel about one can have a knock-on effect on how we regard the others. For instance, the way we think about a certain event or situation can cause us to behave or react in a certain way, both mentally and physically.

By examining these relationships between the five main areas, CBT allows the individual undergoing the therapy to see why they may be behaving in a way that often seems counterintuitive to them.

The sessions

According to Kim Fisher of Central London CBT, sessions can be administered in one of two ways, either in a one-on-one setting or as part of a group. Group sessions are made up of people who are in a similar situation and a therapist who will guide them through the session. One-on-one sessions are exactly as they suggest, just you and the CBT therapist.

The amount of the sessions required will vary from person to person. If it is recommended that you have one-on-one meetings with a therapist these can take place over anywhere between 5 to 20 sessions which can be held either fortnightly or weekly, depending on the severity of your problems. Each session, or meeting, will last between 30 and 60 minutes.

What to expect from a CBT session

Initially, the first couple of meetings will give you a chance to assess whether or not CBT will be right for you. They will also give you a chance to find our more about the therapist you’ll be working with and to see if you will be able to get along together. A big part of any therapy session is the trust that you have with your therapist, so this stage should not be understated.

It is likely that you will discuss various issues that you are currently encountering and how they are affecting your life, be that socially, within the family, or at work. Your therapist will also ask you about any previous treatments you may have had and what you hope to gain from going through the therapeutic process.

Once the initial question and answer session is completed, your therapist will tell you whether or not they feel that CBT will be beneficial to you. If they do not feel that you will get any value from future sessions, or if you do not think that CBT is for you, they will then go on to recommend other alternative treatments for you to consider.

cbt therapistIf CBT is for you, what happens next?

Future sessions will be all about separating and segmenting your problems into smaller chunks as we discussed earlier. Your therapist may give you ‘homework’ to do outside of your sessions in order to keep on top of the good work that you will be doing with them.

This can be anything from keeping a regular journal through to simply questioning the thoughts that you are having and replacing the negative aspects of those thoughts with more positive ones. Your CBT therapist will give you guidance on how to best go about doing this as you begin to work through your issues with them.

During the sessions you will be asked how things are going and what you feel is changing in your life due to the daily practices you have been asked to undertake. This will allow your therapist to assess how the treatment is progressing and suggest further courses of action to help you move onto the next level.

It is worth stressing that your therapist will never ask you to do things that you feel uncomfortable with or that you do not want to do. This is not about breaking through barriers, it is about recognising certain aspects of your life and changing how you think and react to them.

After the sessions have been completed

The greatest thing about CBT is that it really teaches you skills that you can carry on using for the rest of your life. Just because the sessions have ended does not mean that you will no longer be able to enjoy the benefits of CBT, far from it. Knowing the core principles behind the therapy will allow you to enjoy life much more than you may have thought possible, and carrying on with the daily practices on a regular basis will make a reoccurrence of your symptoms much less likely.

In the UK many CBT therapists are accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Kim Fisher can be found on the UK Counselling Directory register of CBT Therapists


Worried? Ask An Angel

Life, it seems, is becoming more and more complicated for many of us. Increasing financial pressures, longer woking hours, and the pressure to find some time to share with family, friends and ourselves.

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Looking at the modern world we see people surving through the use of modern drugs – antideppressants, shopping, coffee and mind-numbing TV to name a few.

Excessive use of any of these is a sign of underlying unhappiness – but where to turn? Absolute-angels.co.uk sell a variety of angel gifts.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a friend at hand in these times of trouble and stress? Someone who we could unburden to and who is totally devoted to helping us?

Well, perhaps it’s time to sit down and have a word with your angels, and your guardian angel specifically. Searching online for “guardian angel experiences” brings thousands of results, many from people who would never have believed such things were possible.

Don’t believe? Well if things are too much strain right now what do you have to lose by at least allowing the possibility that such things may exist.

How to do it?

Give yourself a few minutes and image another being who completely loves you is with you.

Start talking. Be honest with them, there is no judgement. Let everything out, share your worries, your successes and your hopes.

Importantly, be specific on the type of help you would like from your Guardian Angel, eg “Please help me communicate better with my children, and give me the strength and the opportunity to tell theem just how much they mean to me.” By all accounts, angels love specifics.

Remember, in spite of any cynicism you may have around this, give it a try. You have nothing to lose and possibly much to gain.