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Turmeric Talk

Many spices have powerful medicinal properties and been used to promote healing for thousands of years.
Turmeric and its bio-active compound Curcumin, “star players” of nature’s pharmacy, have been extensively studied for their therapeutic applications. Research has shown that they can:

• Support healthy cholesterol levels.
• Suppress thrombosis and myocardial infarction(blood clotting and heart attacks).
• Suppress symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
• Suppress tumor formation.
• Increase bile secretion.
• Suppress symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes.
• Enhance wound healing.
• Protect against cataracts.
• Suppress symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
• Protect against liver damage, etc.

According to DR. Andrew Weil, “One of the most comprehensive summaries of turmeric studies to date was published by the respected ethnobotanist James A. Duke, Phd., in the October, 2007 issue of Alternative & Complementary Therapies, and summarized in the July, 2008, issue of the American Botanical Council publication HerbClip.

Reviewing some 700 studies, Duke concluded that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects. Here are some of the diseases that turmeric has been found to help prevent or alleviate:

Alzheimer’s disease: Duke found more than 50 studies on turmeric’s effects in addressing Alzheimer’s disease. The reports indicate that extracts of turmeric contain a number of natural agents that block the formation of beta-amyloid, the substance responsible for the plaques that slowly obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer’s disease.
Arthritis: Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including sixdifferent COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation; inhibitors selectively block that enzyme). By itself, writes Duke, curcumin – the component in turmeric most often cited for its healthful effects – is a multifaceted anti-inflammatory agent, and studies of the efficacy of curcumin have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms.

Cancer: Duke found more than 200 citations for turmeric and cancer and more than 700 for curcumin and cancer. He noted that in the handbook Phytochemicals: Mechanisms of Action, curcumin and/or turmeric were effective in animal models in prevention and/or treatment of colon cancer, mammary cancer, prostate cancer, murine hepatocarcinogenesis (liver cancer in rats), esophageal cancer, and oral cancer. Duke said that the effectiveness of the herb against these cancers compared favorably with that reported for pharmaceuticals.”

Here are some easy ways to add turmeric in your diet:

1- Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Calming Creamy Turmeric Tea:

Ingredients
• 1 cup almond milk
• 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp honey
• 1/4 tsp ginger

Directions
Heat the almond milk in a microwave, stir in the spices and drizzle the honey on top. Enjoy!

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2-Creamy Green Smoothie
Note: Nutribullet works best for quick and easy prep and clean up

Ingredients
• A handful of mixed power greens- kale, spinach etc.
• 1 chopped celery or ½ sliced cucumber
• 1 well-scrubbed turmeric root ( available on line or at Indian, Asian or health food stores)
• ¼ avocado ( healthy fat helps with curcumin absorption)
• A handful of blueberries
• 1 tablespoon power boosters such as goji berries, flax seeds etc.
• Chilled coconut water or spring water

Directions
Pulverize all and enjoy!

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3- Add chopped turmeric root to stir-fried veggies.

Note:
Although Turmeric usually does not cause significant side effects, it is advisable to check with your healthcare provider before taking turmeric supplements.
• Nothing stated on this website should be construed as medical treatment, advice or diagnosis.

Things to Know About Meditation for Health According to The National Institute of Health

Meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being. Many studies have been conducted to look at how meditation may be helpful for a variety of conditions, such as high blood pressure, certain psychological disorders, and pain. A number of studies also have helped researchers learn how meditation might work and how it affects the brain.

Here are eight things to know about what the science says about meditation for health:

1. For people who suffer from cancer symptoms and treatment side effects, mind-body therapies, such as meditation, have been shown to help relieve anxiety, stress, fatigue, and general mood and sleep disturbances, thus improving their quality of life. Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines from the Society for Integrative Oncology recommend meditation, as well as other mind-body modalities, as part of a multidisciplinary approach to reduce anxiety, mood disturbance, chronic pain, and improve quality of life.

2. There is some evidence that meditation may reduce blood pressure. A literature review and scientific statement from the American Heart Association suggests that evidence supports the use of Transcendental Meditation as an adjunct or complementary therapy along with standard treatment to lower blood pressure.

3. A growing body of evidence suggests that meditation-based programs may be helpful in reducing common menopausal symptoms. A 2010 review of scientific literature found that yoga, tai chi, and meditation-based programs may be helpful in reducing common menopausal symptoms including the frequency and intensity of hot flashes, sleep and mood disturbances, stress, and muscle and joint pain.

4. There is moderate evidence that meditation improves symptoms of anxiety. A 2014 review of the literature found that mindfulness meditation programs had moderate evidence of improved anxiety, depression, and pain, and low evidence of improved stress/distress and mental health-related quality of life.

5. Some studies suggest that mindfulness meditation helps people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but there’s not enough evidence to draw firm conclusions. A 2013 review of the scientific literature concluded that mindfulness training improved IBS patients’ pain and quality of life but not their depression or anxiety; however, the amount of improvement was small.

6. Meditation is generally considered to be safe for healthy people. However, people with physical limitations may not be able to participate in certain meditative practices involving movement.

– I teach simple meditation techniques to individuals and groups as a part of my Stress Management Program or stand-alone sessions.
– These meditations are customized to meet my individual client’s needs such as anxiety, sleep disturbances, digestive disorders etc.