Health, Wellness and the Adrenal Gland

Adrenal fatigue is a condition several people suffer from and for many is a condition under-diagnosed. This article will give an overview of what the adrenal glands do, and what can happen when they are overworked and become fatigued.

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The adrenal glands are endocrine glands which sit on top of the kidneys from which they are separated by a layer of fat. They are most known for their functioning when in situations of danger or stress the body moves into a ‘fight or flight’ state as they send adrenaline into the blood. It’s the adrenal glands that have the body ‘ready for combat.’

Their function goes far beyond this however. Hormones produced by the adrenal glands control the body’s use of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, suppress inflammatory reactions in the body and also affect the immune system. Other hormones inhibit the level of sodium excreted into the urine, maintaining blood volume and blood pressure, while others are responsible for the formation of male characteristics.

With prolonged stress and an unhealthy lifestyle, the adrenal glands become fatigued causing various symptoms including:

– premature aging

– dark circles under your eyes

– low blood sugar

– low blood pressure

– light headedness when standing up

– cravings for sweets – carbohydrates

– cravings for salt

– easily irritated

– dry, unhealthy skin with excess pigmentation

– heart palpitations

– excessive sweating or perspiration with little activity

– muscle twitches

– lower back and/or knee weakness or pain

– weight gain

– poor memory

– lack of libido

– alcohol intolerance

– fatigue, especially at midday, yet have insomnia or poor sleep

– lower immunity or increased susceptibility to infections

– increased environmental sensitivities

– allergies

Though this is not an exhaustive list, it gives insight into the vast array of problems that can be experienced when the adrenals become fatigued.

 

What contributes to adrenal fatigue? Common causes include, but are not limited to:

– imbalance or excess of emotions such as anger, guilt, worry, fear and depression

– sleep deprivation

– surgery

– chronic inflammation

– chronic pain

– toxic exposure

– excessive exercise

– overworked with physical or mental strain

– inability to absorb nutrients

– nutritional deficiencies

What can you do to help relieve the exhaustion? There are various nutritional and lifestyle changes that can be made to help alleviate the stress on the adrenal glands.

First, recognize that the body needs rest – sleep is vital to a healthy body. Get to bed early and aim for a night of uninterrupted sleep.

Eliminate sugar, alcohol and processed carbohydrates from your diet. Removal of these will help ease the adrenals as they help regulate your blood sugar. Eating regular meals can also help in this respect.

In aiming to keep your blood sugar regulated, it is suggested to avoid high glycemic fruits such as bananas, mangos, dates, pineapples, etc., for a period of time.

Ensure that a healthy fat is incorporated in each meal and eat healthy protein.

Because toxins stress the adrenals, eating organic food that is free of pesticides, insecticides and antibiotics can really rid the adrenals of excess stress when they are already in a stressed state.

Drink plenty of fresh filtered water and cut out caffeinated beverages.

It is also worth considering taking extra nutritional supplements specific to supporting the adrenal glands. Find a trustworthy nutritional supplement company and inquire about such products.

 

Do all within your means to live a balanced life. To the extent that it is within your control, keep your work time to regular hours and let go of activities and people that only add stress to your day.

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flickr photo credit viewminder

Do not add to your stress by trying to implement all the nutritional and lifestyle changes at once. Start with one or two suggestions and add others as you go. Getting your adrenals back to a healthy state will be a gift you give to yourself.

Your Diet & Your Health

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There is not a day that goes by that a new, better, different diet is promoted to the public. When that happens, people jump on the “new” bandwagon. People will follow the new diet in hopes of losing the weight that they put on in the last ten years by next month. Then they jump ship when the next, new, better, and different diet comes along. This is the trend and the habit people have embarked on concerning dieting.

A better approach is to see your “diet” as a means to an end – better health, a longer and happier life. As a society, the word diet has been equated with losing weight instead of being healthy. Eating healthier foods, exercising regularly, and confronting habits that might be affecting your health; such as smoking, drugs, over eating, etc., is a more effective approach to creating and maintaining your health.

The media is doing a much better job of linking poor diet with minor and serious health issues. People who are overweight are now hearing the serious consequences and risks that are associated with being overweight. Some people are actually listening to the reports coming out and some people still do not hear the message.

The problem with eating is – we all have to eat. Eating, as with anything, can become an addiction. Eating is driven by emotions, behaviors, environments, and conditioning. People do not always understand what is driving the excessive eating nor have they been diagnosed with health issues related to their weight – yet. By the time a person develops health issues, the habits are very ingrained and people do not know how or believe that anything can change.

The truth about your health is, from the first day you decide that health is your priority your body will begin to heal itself. Your body is a self-healing machine if you provide it with exercise, better food each day, a positive attitude, remove or manage stress, change your environment, and determine what is driving the emotional side of eating.

None of the activities a person needs to do have to be very complicated or sophisticated. You do not need to walk one hour on your first day – walk five to ten minutes! Do what you can until you are ready to do more – it is that simple. Find an activity that you loved as a child – like dancing or jump roping, or biking, or swimming. The activity does not matter – the consistency and the doing matter.

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Begin to pay attention to what you are eating, the size of your portions, the frequency of eating, etc. For one week just document everything until you can begin to see the patterns. Then determine one or two things you will change the following week; such as, having smaller servings, eating only five times a day versus seven times a day, replacing fast food for lunch with a lunch from home, etc.

There is a lot of information about the topic of health and diet. Educate yourself, find workshops to attend, join a support group of like-minded people, find a nutritionist or a health coach.

The key is to make health your habit.  For more information on diet and your health, contact http://www.rothwellnesscenter.com.

The Body Undiscovered

 

Have you ever stopped to think about how magnificently your body is designed?  For instance, did you realize that your heart beats about 100,000 times, pumping the equivalent of 6,000 quarts of blood through your body – each and every day?  Did you realize that you shed and re-grow your outer skin cells approximately every 27 days? (That’s almost 1,000 new layers of skin over the course of your lifetime!)  Or have you ever thought about how intricately your immune system works with your other bodily systems to keep you healthy?  Your body is absolutely amazing in its function and design, and all of this occurs without any conscious thought on your part!

As a matter of fact, there is a lot that occurs in your body without your conscious thought.  Most of the time, as in the examples above, these processes are necessary for proper functioning of your body.  However, sometimes things come along in life, and as your body reacts to those events, it gets “stuck” in patterns or habits that are not in the best interest of your health.

Let me give you an example.  Do you sometimes find yourself eating, even though you are not physically hungry?  Perhaps you eat when you are under stress, or feel anxious, or when you’re bored, or in the mood to celebrate.  Maybe you turn to snack food when you face a conflict in your life, or maybe you find that there are certain situations that lend themselves to snacking (i.e. watching TV, working late, etc.), even though you are not hungry.  In each of the above scenarios, you are eating “emotionally” – without even really consciously thinking about it.  It’s as if you body is just “programmed” to turn to food under those certain circumstances.

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Flickr photo credit photo and share cc

If you are an emotional eater (and many of us are), you usually end up sabotaging your own attempts at losing weight.  You want to look and feel better, but somehow you just keep falling back into your old habits.  So, is there any way out of this cycle?  Is there any hope of ever re-programming the body to reject these old, unhealthy habits and replace them with new “programs” that foster good health and weight loss?

Well, the great news is that yes, there is a way out!  And that is where QNRT comes into play.  QNRT was developed by John Turner, DC.  It stands for “Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy”, and it does just that – it “resets” your nervous system.  Using an amazing system of biofeedback, a QNRT practitioner can find hidden traumas from your past that have caused your body to become stuck in certain destructive patterns of behavior.  Then, once these traumas have been identified, the QNRT practitioner can actually rewire your nervous system (again, using biofeedback) so that your body forms new, health-producing patterns of behavior!

You no longer have to be a victim of your nervous system and the habits that have controlled you for so long!  You can lose weight and that belly fat!  You can stop your emotional eating!  You can get the strong, fit body you have been trying to get!

Dr. Michael Roth is one of the first ten doctors in the United States to be certified in this cutting-edge new technology.  If you have not yet experienced the wonderful, life-changing effects of QNRT, then you owe it to yourself to make an appointment today!

Let Dr. Roth help you lose the weight you have been trying to lose, and get the lean, healthy body you thought was impossible!

Written by: Lianne Sanchez

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Take a Look at Chapter One of “The Healing Code of Weight Loss”

Newly revised! Now including my

Somato Emotional Repatterning

Technique!

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November 2009 revision

Dr. Michael B. Roth

Integrative Wellness Publishing

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Table of Contents

 

 

Introduction

 

1. Body Types and Belly Fat……………………………………………………6

 

2. Body Fat and Obesity ……………………………………………….……….10

 

3. Dairy, Wellness and Weight Loss  ……………………………………..20

 

4. What and How Much to Eat…………………………………………….….25

 

5. Build Your Visualization Skills…………………………………….…….36

 

6. Fad Diets vs. Healthy Eating………………………………………….……41

 

7. Exercise – Move your Body!……………………………………………………..48

 

8. Using Hypnosis to Develop a Healthy Body and Mind……….62

 

9. The Triad of Health…………………………………………………………..67

 

10.  Emotional Eating and the Somato Emotional Repatterning

Technique………………………………………………………………….…..70

 

11.  A Day in YOUR Healthy Life………………………………………..…..77


 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Overeating. Overweight. Belly fat. Super-sized food and extra-large clothing. Obesity was not nearly as prevalent, even 20 years ago, as it is now. We know that our genes have not changed in more than 40,000 years.  What is the real cause? I believe, for the majority of people, the cause is lifestyle and the stress that puts on our body: stress physically, chemically, and emotionally.

Every week, during my workshops on Belly Fat and Stubborn Weight Loss, I hear the same stories over and over: “I watch what I eat, yet still I gain weight” or “I am unable to lose weight.”

For most people there is quite a bit of confusion. Many diets and diet programs:  Weight Watchers, NutriSystem, Jenny Craig, Atkins, the Zone, etc., all promise that you will lose weight. Many are trying to sell you their menus of prepackaged foods. Some even allow ice cream, known for its high fat and sugar content!

Now imagine this:

It’s a beautiful day in Yellowstone National Park.  You emerge from your tent into the morning sunlight, a gentle breeze delighting your senses.  As you prepare breakfast over the camp stove, you notice a movement out of the corner of your eye. It’s a bear!  Your heart starts to pound, your blood pressure goes up, your breath accelerates, and your digestion turns down. This is the normal and appropriate physiological response of your body dispensing the stress hormones you need to prepare the body to “fight-or flight.”

This well-documented biological event is the response shared by humans and animals and is extremely helpful when an individual faces physical danger. If the problem can be solved by “fighting,” taking action to scare the bear away, or by “flight,” running away so fast the bear can’t harm you, the solution itself dissipates the stress and bodily functions return to normal. When stress is caused by a problem, situation, or condition that can’t be solved through such a response, the impact extends for a longer period of time.

During the body’s stress response the adrenal glands secrete cortisol. One of the functions of cortisol is to stimulate the liver to break down glycogen into sugar for energy. When we eat a meal that is high in carbohydrates and sugar our pancreas secretes insulin. Insulin is a fat storing hormone. Insulin removes the sugar in our bloodstream by storing it in our muscles and the liver, and what’s left over is stored in our bodies as fat. It is very difficult to lose belly fat when insulin levels are high; increased sugar levels equal increased insulin levels equal more fat storage.

I recently read that the average American consumes 175 lbs. of sugar per year. When we indulge in that type of diet, it’s almost impossible to lose weight and belly fat.

My contention is that underneath much of our obesity issue is stress: chemical, physical and emotional. My solution: eat well, move well, and think well. Then we will no longer be a nation of overweight, sedentary people.

Dr. Michael B. Roth

Roth Wellness Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER ONE

 

Body Types and Belly Fat

 

Belly fat—lots of people have it!  Where does being fat and overweight come from?

The answer is… lifestyle and environment.

Over the past few years, national attention has started to focus on the main contributors to the obesity epidemic in the United States: too much fast food, too many soft drinks, and lack of physical activity.  The movie Super Size Me tells one man’s story of eating only McDonald’s food for one month, and the damage it did to his health.

The high sugar and fat content of fast food, combined with lack of exercise, creates a chain of events that put the body into chemical stress. The digestive system is down-regulated when the body is under stress and one of the symptoms is belly fat.

Adrenal            Ovary            Thyroid            Liver

Four Basic Body Types

First of all, I would like to acknowledge Dr. Eric Berg for his work on belly fat and body types, and credit him for the following information.  There are four basic body types: Liver Belly, Thyroid, Adrenal, and Ovary. Most of us are a combination of these body types; however, we all have a predominant type. See www.thebellyfat.com for more information. There are general characteristics or symptoms that go along with each type.

 

Liver Belly: Imagine you’re at the beach and you see a man small in stature, with thin arms and legs, yet his belly sticks out (pot belly).  This is the characteristic liver belly type. This type of fat distribution is not exclusive to men. Women may have this type of belly fat as well, simply not as extreme. Often the person will experience bloating, flatulence, belching, right shoulder and mid back pain or soreness without any trauma. Generally, there are digestive disturbances.

Thyroid: This body type had fat distribution throughout their entire body (face, neck, shoulders and legs). Characteristics are fatigue even after having a full night of sleep, cravings of carbohydrates and fat for energy, hair loss, thinning of the outer portion of the eyebrows, and brittle fingernails. They are often cold, especially their hands and feet. This is the person who chooses to wear socks to bed at night, even in the summer time.

Adrenal: The belly fat on the abdomen drops or sags down towards the legs. Because our adrenal glands are our stress glands, generally men and women who have this body type have been under an enormous amount of stress for a sustained period of time. Adrenal body types often complain of chronic low back pain, fibromyalgia, and fatigue. When walking up the stairs, their thighs feel heavy and often they crave salt at night.

Ovary: Exclusive to women. In this body type, the woman is usually petite above the navel and from the mid-thigh down. The progression of the OVARY type of adipose fat deposits seems to be basically in the hip and thigh.  The development of increased fat increases the potential of ovarian cysts. Women with this body type often experience fatigue during their menstrual cycle, and also some “brain fog.” Their menstrual pain is in the lower back or hip areas, and sometimes in the knees. Often these women will have a history of pre-menstrual syndrome, and they gain weight (water retention) during their cycle. They may have a history that includes lack of libido, infertility, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and menstrual cycle acne and mood swings. During their period they experience heavy flow, constipation, and thinning of the hair.

Good News for Your Body Type

When you recognize the type of body fat you have (www.thebellyfat.com) you will be able to address weight loss with a plan and a purpose. There are specific, managed diets that address each body type and allow you to release the fat and keep it off.

The most proven method of losing weight is a combination of eating healthy, natural foods and exercise. Sometimes nutritional supplements are recommended.

Fat Back?

Those with the baby fat or brown fat usually need to exercise in order to burn this fat. This refers to people who have their fat on the back, along the upper half of the spine and towards the shoulders. Exercise is the best way to burn this type of fat. Usually this type of fat disappears as people grow from childhood to adulthood, but it can be a problem as fatty deposits develop in these areas because of a lack of activity and exercise.

Exercises that target this area of the body include upper body movement exercises. Aerobics and Pilates are great examples of exercises that burn this brown fat. White fat is used as energy storage cells. This is the weight that is on the thighs, hips and waist area. Some people have fatty deposits on their faces and chests. This is usually a matter of genetic patterning. Exercises that reduce overall body fat and those that target these areas are the best. Running, jogging, brisk walking and swimming are the best exercises to reduce body fat all over the body.

Men vs. Women Body Shapes

Estrogen stores fat in the buttocks, thighs, and hips in women. When women reach menopause and the estrogen produced by ovaries reduces, fat migrates from their buttocks, hips and thighs to their waist; later fat is stored in their bellies. Thus, females generally have relatively narrow waist and big buttocks, and this along with wide hips make for their bigger hip section and lower waist-hip ratio, around 0.7. Estrogen increases fat storage in the body, which results in more fat stored in the body of females. Body fat percentage recommendations are higher for females. This serves as an energy reserve for pregnancy.

Males have less subcutaneous fat in their faces due to the effect of testosterone. Testosterone also reduces fat by aiding fat metabolism. Males generally deposit fat around the waist and abdomen (“apple shape”) due to lack of estrogen.

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Comfort Food

Ah, the comfort of eating mashed potatoes, fried chicken, white bread, ice cream, potato chips, crackers, chocolate chip cookies, etc.  In times of stress, when we are feeling “down in the dumps”, lonely, or misunderstood, comfort food is what we turn to in order to feel better about ourselves or a situation.

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Emotional eating is the practice of consuming large quantities of food — usually “comfort” or junk foods — in response to feelings instead of hunger. Experts estimate that 75% of overeating is caused by emotions.

Many of us learn that food can bring comfort, at least in the short-term. As a result, we often turn to food to heal emotional problems.

Situations and emotions that trigger us to eat fall into five main categories.

  • Social. Eating when around other people. For example, excessive eating can result from being encouraged by others to eat; eating to fit in; arguing; or feelings of inadequacy around other people.
  • Emotional. Eating in response to boredom, stress, fatigue, tension, depression, anger, anxiety or loneliness as a way to “fill the void.”
  • Situational. Eating because the opportunity is there. For example, at a restaurant, seeing an advertisement for a particular food, passing by a bakery. Eating may also be associated with certain activities such as watching TV, going to the movies or a sporting event, etc.
  • Thoughts. Eating as a result of negative self-worth or making excuses for eating. For example, scolding oneself for looks or a lack of will power.
  • Physiological. Eating in response to physical cues. For example, increased hunger due to skipping meals or eating to cure headaches or other pain.

How Do I Break Myself of the Habit?

Identifying eating triggers is the first step; however, this alone is not sufficient to alter eating behavior. Usually, by the time you have identified a pattern, eating in response to emotions or certain situations has become a habit. Now you have to break that habit. Yet, simply distracting yourself from eating and developing alternative habits is not enough to manage the emotional distress that leads to excessive eating.

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Flickr photo credit lee Carson

Emotional hurts that occurred in your early childhood, that you may not even consciously remember, are responsible for your eating habits today.  Your brain has been wired to react as a child and even now, as an adult, you impulsively eat not as a person of choice, but because emotionally you are stuck at your earliest emotional wounds.

The key is to reset the brain to lose weight and keep the weight off!

 

A quantum shift can occur in our behaviors by resetting the brain from those pre-programmed emotional stresses. We do not have to remain a victim to our own nervous system. We can forgive, resolve, and let go of the emotional stresses contributing to dysfunction in our bodies.

The Emotional Weight Loss™ system uses QNRT, Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy, to make these shifts. QNRT is a system of healing that happens from within and recognizes and restores the connection of the brain, the body, and nervous system to remove the blockages so that the body can heal itself.

QNRT combines a unique biofeedback technology with a nervous system relay therapy to neurologically reprogram the brain/relay access points – the places where our body’s neurological and emotional programs reside. Simply put, the QNRT process actually “re-wires” the nervous system.

QNRT is non-invasive, requires no prescription, no manipulation, no physiotherapy and no extensive talk therapy.

Dr. Michael Roth is a certified practitioner of QNRT and The Emotional Weight Loss™ system.  For more information, go to www.qnrt.com and www.rothwellnesscenter.com. To schedule an appointment, contact drmroth@sbcglobal.net or call 805-644-0461.

New Treatment for Weight Loss that Targets the Brain Instead of the Belly!

By Dr. Michael Roth

As a generation and as a nation we are gaining weight, growing tired, and sleeping less. Diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer are all on the rise.  Trends in medicine show that the “baby boomers” – those born between 1946 and 1964—are being haunted by the ominous shadows of increased weight and chronic illness as they reach age 50 and beyond.

There has been an alarming rise in obesity and heart disease in the United States in the last 20 years:

  • Two-thirds of America’s adults are overweight or obese.
  • As many as 30% of U.S. children are overweight.
  • Childhood obesity has more than doubled within the past 25 years.
  • Within the past 20 years, childhood diabetes has increased ten-fold.

We’ve been told over and over that to lose weight, we must eat healthy food and exercise.  Which foods, how much food, when and how to exercise—these parameters vary from person to person and are influenced by the popular diet plan of the moment.  Yet, many of us find ourselves in the repetitive pattern of losing weight and gaining it back.

We may be aware of when and why we overeat or choose to indulge in sweet or salty snacks.  We may know that we eat when we are angry, when our feelings are hurt, when we are bored, when we are happy, to reward ourselves for an achievement, or to console ourselves when we are feeling low.

These are examples of emotional eating. Yet despite all this diet information and self-knowledge, we find ourselves still overweight and struggling to change our eating habits.

Unresolved emotional stresses will shut down the brain, causing weight gain!

The body responds to emotional stress the same way it does to a physical or structural stressor. The brain stimulates the adrenal glands to release a hormone called cortisol, which acts on the liver to break down glycogen into sugar for “fight-or-flight” which in turn triggers the release of insulin.

The insulin brings the sugar into play for action, and if none is needed by the muscles, the sugar goes back to the liver. If not needed there because the liver has reached its maximum capacity for it, it goes to fat storage. High levels of cortisol cause the body to store fat.

The result of sustained high cortisol causes the three primary neurotransmitters to lower in the brain, contributing to weight gain, depression, and fatigue. These are the three most common complaints of all healthcare office visits in North America!

Three primary neurotransmitters typically depleted in weight gain:

  • Serotonin: Depleted levels cause craving of carbohydrates, especially sugars. Low serotonin levels are also associated with depression. Normal levels feel grounded and satisfied.
  • Epinephrine: Depleted levels do not allow the body to burn fat properly. Normal levels allow the body to burn fat effectively, and provide plenty of energy.
  • Nor-epinephrine: Lowered levels are associated with lack of motivation and normal metabolism.  Normal levels have plenty of motivation and drive.

The target area in the brain for successful weight loss is the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus controls the feeling of full and it also controls the stimulation to eat.

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Emotional hurts that occurred in our early childhood, that we may not even consciously remember, are responsible for our eating habits today.  We have been wired to react as a child and even now as adults, we impulsively eat not as a person of choice, but because emotionally, we are stuck at our earliest emotional wound.

The Emotional Weight Loss™ system calls these wounds “negative core drivers.”

Examples of negative core drivers are:

  • Rejection
  • Powerlessness
  • Vulnerability
  • Feelings of Being Unlovable
  • Feelings of Being Defective
  • Emotional Deprivation

Negative core drivers and beliefs about ourselves are not accurate or reliable – they are just plain false!  The problem is that our nervous system doesn’t believe it and acts accordingly, making the choices that support those false beliefs!

A Recipe for Weight Gain:

  • Anger/struggle growing up will raise blood sugar and insulin causing fat storage.
  • Emotional stresses, fear, anxiety, and anger will raise cortisol levels for fat storage.
  • Poor diet habits rise insulin causing fat storage.

The key is to reset the brain to lose weight and keep the weight off!

A quantum shift can occur in our behaviors by resetting the brain from those pre-programmed emotional stresses. We do not have to remain a victim to our own nervous system. We can forgive, resolve, and let go of the emotional stresses contributing to dysfunction in our bodies.

True Health is not about what you are eating. It is about what is eating you!

The Emotional Weight Loss™ system uses QNRT, Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy, to make these shifts. QNRT is a system of healing that happens from within and recognizes and restores the connection of the brain, the body, and nervous system to remove the blockages so that the body can heal itself.

QNRT combines a unique biofeedback technology with a nervous system relay therapy to neurologically reprogram the brain/relay access points – the places where our body’s neurological and emotional programs reside. Simply put, the QNRT process actually “re-wires” the nervous system.

QNRT is non-invasive, requires no prescription, no manipulation, no physiotherapy and no extensive talk therapy.

Dr. Michael Roth is a certified practitioner of QNRT and The Emotional Weight Loss™ system.  For more information, go to www.qnrt.com and www.rothwellnesscenter.com. To schedule an appointment, contact drmroth@sbcglobal.net or call 805-644-0461.

 

5 Symptoms That Indicate You Might Have an Addiction

by Michael Roth, DC

Addictions are most commonly associated with drug and alcohol addiction, however the truth is millions of people suffer from all kinds of addictions.

Some of these addictions are related to some form of chemical dependency such as alcohol, controlled substances and even prescription medicines. Other addictions are related to compulsive types of behavior such as gambling, sexual, shopping, food disorders an even the Internet.

One of the most important things to recognize about any type of addiction, regardless of whether it is a chemical addiction or a behavioral addiction is that it is not a matter of choice. Individuals who are addicts do not have the ability to simply decide to stop abusing their ‘drug’ of choice. Addictions affect not only the user, but also their family and friends as well.

So what is an addiction?

How does it begin and when does a pattern of behavior become an addiction? Some individuals seem to have the ability to use a substance or engage in a behavior periodically over a period of years without becoming ‘hooked.’ Others, however, are not capable of stopping and become addicted.

Addictions affect all social and educational groups. There is no typical addict.

The causes of addiction have been studied for several years. In many ways, addiction is caused by the emotion the substance or behavior brings about in the user. The body and mind become dependent on that feeling and seek to maintain it.

There are addiction risk factors that make some people more likely than others to become addicts. Studies show that sometimes addictions can be hereditary. The child of an alcoholic may not grow up to be an alcoholic, however, they may become addicted to gambling or some other type of compulsive behavior as an adult.

Besides hereditary factors, individuals who grow up in families with abuse,trauma, neglect and who are impoverished are more likely to become addicts.

For most addicts, it can be extremely difficult to recognize that what they have associated as simply a habit is actually an addiction. While every individual is different, there are some symptoms that are prevalent among most addicts and addictions:

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Symptom # 1

Unable to meet responsibilities at home, school or office.

Symptom # 2
Continuing to use substances or engage in behavior even when it is dangerous.

Symptom # 3
The need increases to engage in behavior or use more of a substance to achieve the same effect or feeling.

Symptom # 4

Has tried but failed to stop using the substance or end the behavior.

Symptom # 5
Continuing to engage in the behavior or use the substances even when they are aware of the dangers.

Answering yes to three or more of the above symptoms during a 12 month period may show that you or a loved one has an addiction. The first step to treating an addiction is recognizing that it exists.

Treatment and counseling can help an addict to learn how to control their behavior, withstand impulses and recognize the presence of a problem. Treating an addiction can take years and requires ongoing support from friends, families and support groups.

A 12-step program can be particularly beneficial in treating an addiction. One of the most well known 12-step programs is AA, also known as Alcoholics Anonymous; however there are similar programs for all types of addictions.

Living with an addiction requires a daily commitment, and there is always the possibility of relapsing. An addict that has been “clean” for even 20 years can succumb to temptation just as they did decades before.

There are several treatment programs and centers that can help with the numerous types of addictions that are prevalent today. Many of them are anonymous. Support groups are also available to help family and friends who experience the effects of an addiction in a loved one.

The Importance of Healthy Adrenals!

 

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Did You Know?

 

In our body, we have what we call as adrenal glands that are the main system for handling the negatives effects of stress. As such, the adrenal glands are then responsible for safeguarding the other system from the effects of every type of emotional, physical, and mental stress.

However, there are really some instances that our adrenal glands function insufficiently which results to fatigue, allergic hypersensitivities, muscular weaknesses, hypotension, low blood sugar and food cravings.

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When the adrenal glands are not functionining optimally, you can have a condition that is known as adrenal fatigue, or adrenal exhaustion. Adrenal fatigue often develops after periods of intense or lengthy physical or emotional stress, when overstimulation if the glands leave them unable to meet your body’s needs.

 

 

Signs Of Adrenal Fatigue include:

  • excessive fatigue and exhaustion
  • non-refreshing sleep (you get sufficient hours of sleep, but wake fatigued)
  • overwhelmed by or unable to cope with stressors
  • feeling rundown or overwhelmed
  • craving salty and sweet foods
  • you feel most energetic in the evening
  • a feeling of not being restored after a full night’s sleep or having sleep disturbances
  • low stamina, slow to recover from exercise
  • slow to recover from injury, illness or stress
  • difficulty concentrating, brain fog
  • poor digestion
  • low immune function
  • food or environmental allergies
  • premenstrual syndrome or difficulties that develop during menopause
  • consistent low blood pressure
  • extreme sensitivity to cold

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

 

 

What Is Adrenal Revive?  

 

 

 

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Adrenal Revive is made from all natural ingredients designed to restore your body to its core level of vitality.
Don’t think that being tired is the curse of getting older. You can have the young and vibrant feeling after using Adrenal Revive on a regular basis.
You can either take it twice a day, or since it’s a liquid, you might also want to put some in your water that you drink all day long so that it will be working for you around the clock-reducing the negative effects of stress.
Cortisol, which is the stress hormone, breaks down tissues and muscles so that you can get quick energy and run from danger. Your body uses cortisol from the adrenal glands (attached to your kidneys) to break down the body for quick energy.
Being scared, or shocked or in an accident creates that same reaction. If after a shock you don’t go out and run (like you would run from a chasing bear) to use up the cortisol, then the cortisol stays in the body and creates big problems. It will increase inflammation, cause pain, and can create headaches.

 

 

 

Our Approach

 

 

 

Beyond the standard approach of treating symptoms, we at Health and Harmony focus on addressing the root-cause of disease, so that results are lasting and complete. Our therapies simultaneously address dis-ease at physical, mental, emotional, psychological and energetic levels.
For more information call (805) 644-0461

 

 

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Book Review — “The Calcium Lie”

The Calcium Lie
by Robert Thompson, M.D. and Kathleen Barnes
InTruth Press, c. 2008, 142pp.

Review written by Dr. Michael Roth

Flickr photo credit Mike Mozart

What? We’ve been fooled again? Nutritional theories evolve and change over time as science learns more about the human body and its processes. Dr. Robert Thompson offers cutting edge information refuting the commonly held position of the importance of calcium, and lots of it, in our diet. Through his clinical practice, he has determined that an overabundance of calcium creates what he calls “The Calcium Cascade,” a domino-effect of inefficient nutritional depletion that results in multiple metabolic malfunctions, including obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, anxiety, migraines, depression and hypertension.
Bones are not only made of calcium. Calcium is ONE of 12 minerals plus traces of many other minerals that are needed to make strong bones. He believes that we have been mislead by doctors, nutritionists, health care professionals and big pharmaceutical companies in the belief that we need more and more calcium. The simple fact is we need more MINERALS to create optimal functioning of our bodies’ processes.
As soon as I read Dr. Thompson’s book, I began checking the patients in MY clinical practice for the state of calcium and other minerals in their bodies. So far, 100% of them are presenting with mineral depletion and calcium overload! I’m recommending they discontinue any calcium supplements they may be taking and start a regimen of daily mineral tablets to replace these essential minerals in their system. It takes time to replace the minerals, yet simply removing the extra calcium begins to make positive health changes that are quickly noticeable.
I strongly recommend this book to all health care professionals and consumers who care about nutrition and well-being. Inform yourself and get off the calcium bandwagon!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prSMCxJBubQ

 

http://www.amazon.com/Calcium-Lie-Doctor-Doesnt-Could/dp/0981581854

I am now Certified in Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy!

On November 1, 2009, I became one of the first ten doctors in the United States to be certified in Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy!  I have been using QNRT in my practice over the past year as I have been training in the therapy process and have seen outstanding results with my patients. As a holistic chiropractor, I have seen how unresolved emotional issues compromise my patients’ health and well being. Over the years, I have learned many techniques that address and release those issues and I can honestly say that QNRT is a giant leap forward in identifying and permanently releasing emotional traumas stuck in the body of which the patient may not even be aware!

QNRT is a non-invasive technique that is painless, simple, and extremely effective. The evaluation process connects the subconscious to the conscious, allowing me to get to the origin of the patient’s conflict, what year it started, how it was first programmed into the patient’s nervous system and the health or behavioral problems that have manifested as a result of running this program. Then, I use a nervous system tapping technique to neurologically reprogram the brain/relay access points.

The brain and the nervous system have incredible control over every aspect of our personal lives. They regulate the production of hormones, energy level, the quality of sleep, even the level of happiness one experiences!  As I have integrated QNRT into my practice, my patients are experiencing a greater sense of well-being as they have eliminated pain, stress and tension, and old patterns of emotional response; they have more energy, vitality and a general up-leveling of their quality of life!