July 2014 - Alliance Integrative Medicine

July 2014

Harness the Power of Positive Thinking

Achieving happiness and maintaining a positive outlook on life may be more important to your
health than you think. For some of us, that’s a little easier said than done. According to a Harvard study, training your brain to be positive is not so different from training your muscles at the gym. Recent research on neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to change even in adulthood—reveals that engaging in one brief positive exercise every day for as little as three weeks can have a lasting impact.

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Detoxify Your Home with Plants: Grow Your Own Fresh Air

As the weather warms and the days get longer, thoughts tend to turn toward our gardens and lawns. Bringing the outside in can have profound effects on our health. On average, Americans spend about 85-90% of our time inside. Indoor air pollution can be just as bad or worse as outside according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Indoor plants provide essential oxygen to our cells while also cleansing our bodies of toxins. How does this happen? Plants literally soak up the toxins in our home instead of us inhaling them. This has been a brutal winter to say the least with many of us cooped up inside our homes to avoid the brutal cold. With our furnaces turned on high, this dry heat continually circulates dust and other particles that could be harmful to us. Protect yourself all year round by adding one of these detoxifying plants to your space.

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It’s not the fat dummy – it’s the sugar! (…and other great untruths we have swallowed)

In recent blogs and newsletters we have highlighted certain “truths” we have been led to believe were going to make us healthier, when in fact they did just the opposite. In this last month’s newsletter, we referenced Time magazine’s article on 6/23/14 – Eat Butter: Scientists labeled fat the enemy. Why they were wrong. The Time author reviews in detail how fat has been demonized for years, yet fat hasn’t been the problem. If you were lucky enough to attend our screening of the documentary, Fed Up, or if you are paying attention in general to the population around you, you will begin to understand that our generation is rapidly becoming the largest ever failed experiment in food science. We have been listening to the “experts” – but it turns out the “experts” were wrong! It seems that sugar, specifically high fructose corn syrup is currently our biggest concern.

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The Magic of Butter

Have you seen the cover article on the most recent Time magazine? Eat Butter: Don’t Blame Fat states that for decades experts have been touting a diet that has paradoxically increased the incidence of diabetes, obesity, and clogged arteries.

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