Longevity and Your Liver!

Be Creatively Colorful and Simply Enjoy

Marlenea La Shomb, N.D., LMT
May – June 2022 • Vol 3, No 121

Dear Dr. Ma,
How do I help myself to have a healthy liver?
— Debbie

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Dear Debbie,

Like all our organs, we need our livers to be healthy, to function properly, and to work well for our whole lifetime. The best way to do this is to give them a time of rest! Then they can repair, rebuild, and repeat this process on a regular basis.

Your liver has many functions. One primary function has to do with digestion. This tells you that if you’re always eating and digesting food (without a rest), you are working your liver to death!

Many people give their liver a rest during springtime by fasting or cleansing it. I say, better yet, do this daily instead of once or twice a year. Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, Dr. David Sinclair, agrees. His lifelong work is in the science of aging at all stages of life. He is co-director of the Center for the Biology of Aging, which maximizes wellness and longevity. Dr. Sinclair developed what he now calls “Time-Restricted Feeding.”

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Eat the Colors of the Rainbow!

Be Creatively Colorful and Simply Enjoy

Marlenea La Shomb, N.D., LMT
Mar – Apr 2022 • Vol 3, No 120

Dear Dr. Ma,
I am so confused about what to eat or what NOT to eat. Please help!
— Kathy

Dear Kathy,
Keep it simple! Eat the colors of the rainbow. Each color has something unique to feed your body, mentally and emotionally, as well as physically. What this looks like is all your whole-food fruits and vegetables and all the greens, with nuts, seeds and legumes (if your body can handle them).

Fresh is best. Dried is great. You can just rehydrate them to put the water back in. Frozen works. You can use any process without heat to seasonally preserve your food for year-round use. If it comes out of your garden, or can be sprouted on your windowsill, or comes from your neighbor’s bush or tree, it’s real food.

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Conduct Your Life with a Healthy Heart

What Do Autumn Leaves, 60s Bra Burners, and Orchestra Conductors Have in Common? Read On!

Marlenea La Shomb, N.D., LMT
September – October 2021 • Vol 3, No 117

Aother autumn has made it to our doorstep, and with it clearer skies, and all the wonders of a changing season, along with its chores, and pumpkin everything! As we harvest our end-of-summer bounty, we ready our gardens for a long winter’s rest. These chores, like raking leaves, stacking firewood, and cleaning out the garden, are very healthy for your heart. Since everyone can benefit from a healthy heart, especially into our later years, I decided to look into it.

Simply put, here’s how it works: Our cells collectively make up organs; each organ has a meridian (energy pathway) that flows through it. Movement creates that energy and the heart meridian moves through the arms. So, moving the arms produces an energized and healthy heart—think swimming, dancing, power walking, sweeping, and Chi Gong. You get the idea.

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Sun “Kissed” and Heaven Sent—

The Delicious Versatility of Citrus Peels

Marlenea La Shomb, ND, LMT
May – June 2021 • Vol 3, No 115

All fruits are sun-kissed, yet the citrus family comes in right at the top in terms of the needed hours of sunlight to grow an abundance of juicy fruits. Mostly eaten raw, we juice lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits, and we zest the peels. Lemon juice is a wonderfully healthy replacement for vinegar in salad dressings. My mom’s and my favorite jam has always been orange marmalade, made from the sour-orange rind.

It wasn’t until I studied the use of food from other countries, in this case citrus, that I realized how much we throw away that other cultures find uses for. Years ago,
I learned that the pith (the chewy, white part under the skin) is a main source for rutin.

Rutin is a bioflavonoid that is found in apples, buckwheat, most citrus fruits, figs, and both black and green tea. It has powerful antioxidant properties. It also helps your body produce collagen and utilize vitamin C. It is included in more than 130 therapeutic, medicinal preparations, and by itself, offers a number of health benefits, such as: Helps blood circulation, prevents blood clots, lowers cholesterol, reduces arthritis pain, and even heals bruising. [Healthline.com]

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Weight Gain & Obesity—

A Symptom, Not a Disease

Tiffany Nelson, MS, LAT, ATC, NTP
May – June 2021 • Vol 3, No 115

If you’ve ever struggled with your weight, you’ve probably heard it all… Watch your calories! Eat low fat! Exercise! And probably even have tried some of the trending diets that have blown through like Atkins, South Beach, Mediterranean, or Keto. Any of this sound familiar? Let me ask you something, did it work? Did you feel great, and keep the weight off? Unfortunately, most people would say no.

May I offer some insight as to why this might be? The simple answer is that weight gain (or difficulty losing weight) is a symptom of deeper dysfunction within the body, it is not the primary problem to be dealt with. And none of those previously mentioned approaches address the root cause of that dysfunction. The body has this incredible capacity to make necessary adjustments to keep us alive.

If you choose Functional Medicine, then the focus will not be on treating your symptoms, but on what could be imbalanced in your body and what can bring it into balance (and in this, the symptoms may be relieved in a more lasting way). What do you have too much of? Bad food, gut inflammation, estrogen, toxins, stress, etc. What do you not have enough of? Thyroid hormone, vitamin D, self-care, progesterone, exercise, etc. Hippocrates, a few thousand years ago, said, “All disease begins in the gut.” He was onto something because this is where we frequently start.

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Food Is Mood

How to Change Your Mood and Skip the Food!

Marlenea La Shomb, ND, LMT
March – April 2021 • Vol 3, No 114

“What?” you say, “How can food be mood? That’s rude!” Well, ask yourself this question: “Do I crave different foods depending on my mood?” Most of us would answer, “Oh, yeah.” So how does that work? Let me remind you that we are sunlight-activated, chemical/hormonal, and electrical beings!

The chemistry of food interacts with our body’s chemistry, its thoughts and feelings. Emotions activate different hormones. When you eat a banana, you don’t become the banana—the banana becomes you. This is the job of the liver. Keep in mind that food is much more than nutrients, fiber and protein—all the things we normally hear about. It provides life- and light-giving energy. I like the feeling of being light on my feet. I choose to eat a heavy meal when I’m ready to roll over and have a siesta! My grandson used to call it a food coma.

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What Is “Functional Medicine”?

A Larger Toolbox!

Dr. Peter Kozlowski
March – April 2021 • Vol 3, No 114

Functional Medicine is an approach to preventative health and chronic disease that is individualized to your story and your body. As a traditional Family Practice doctor, I was taught to listen to your symptoms and figure out which medication would help alleviate those symptoms. As a Functional Medicine doctor, I was taught to listen to your story and help you uncover what could have led to those symptoms and what is contributing to those symptoms lingering or worsening.

If you choose Functional Medicine, then the focus will not be on treating your symptoms, but on what could be imbalanced in your body and what can bring it into balance (and in this, the symptoms may be relieved in a more lasting way). What do you have too much of? Bad food, gut inflammation, estrogen, toxins, stress, etc. What do you not have enough of? Thyroid hormone, vitamin D, self-care, progesterone, exercise, etc. Hippocrates, a few thousand years ago, said, “All disease begins in the gut.” He was onto something because this is where we frequently start.

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Reframing Dis-Ease

As a Tool for Healing & Growth

Bethel Wagner
March – April 2021 • Vol 3, No 114

It can be all too easy, especially when we aren’t feeling well, to harbor negative beliefs, thoughts, and emotions about our bodies. We may feel frustrated, betrayed, hopeless, angry, or even hateful about what we are physically experiencing. We wonder what we did to deserve this, what we did wrong, or why our body can’t just cooperate and do what it’s supposed to do.

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C60—Powerful Anti-Aging Molecule

A Brief History

Denis Ouellette
January – February 2021 • Vol 3, No 113

Carbon 60 (C60) is the most powerful antioxidant known to exist on the planet. Anti-oxidants enhance and moderate immune function. Antioxidants represent a therapeutic option to fight viruses and to combat aging.

Free radicals are useful at a low level; however, they become elevated to unhealthy levels by pollutants (air, water, food), air travel (cosmic radiation), intense exercise, increased exposure to sun, and other sources. Free radicals are involved in as many as 100 human-degenerative conditions and diseases, including influenza, chronic inflammation (pain), and cancer.

FullerLifeC60 is the easiest and most effective way to boost your antioxidants and to neutralize free radicals, with the world’s first under-the-tongue, patent-pending strips.

  • POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANTS! 300x stronger than Vitamin C, 5x stronger than turmeric.
  • PATENT-PENDING EASY-TO-TAKE STRIPS. Fully soluble Carbon 60 (with maximal bioactivity). Carry the 30-pack in your pocket or purse.

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