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North SanDiego MAY/JUNE 2013 • VOL 30 Brain Health

Rebuilding the Brain, One Neuron at a Time

Every day I hear these words from numerous clients, friends, family members and even strangers. It seems the busier and more highly technological our lives get, the more active the mind becomes.There is constant information and stimulation everywhere we look. Read more on page 6.


Mama Said, “Take Out the Trash!” Do you have a “junk drawer” at home collecting useless items? Your body also collects junk. This “junk” comes from the air you breathe, the water you drink and the foods you eat. It includes pesticides, heavy metals, chemicals, caffeine, pollution and preservatives. Read more on page 10.

Integrative Medicine

Yersinia Enterocolitica: A common cause of food poisoning & chronic arthritis

Yersinia enterocolitica is a ubiquitous bacteria fre- quently isolated from soil, water, animals, and a va- riety of foods. Pigs are assumed to be the main reservoir of Y. enterocolitica pathogenic for humans. In a study, published in November 2012, of raw pork chops and ground pork, Consumer Reports found 69 percent of samples were contaminated with Y. enterocolitica. Read more on page 9.

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Green Smoothies for Weight Loss

What to Avoid

Green smoothies are an ideal fat burning food as they are nutrient-rich, loaded with fiber and low in fat. However, there is an art to making a weight loss smoothie. These seven tips will help you create the perfect weight loss shake.

Tip #1: Avoid using dairy products in your smoothies. This includes otherwise “healthy foods” like yogurt and milk. You can get enough calcium from other fruit and veg- etables that you don’t need to add milk or yogurt. These foods con- tain excess fat, hormones and other additives that may sabotage our efforts to lose weight. Use 2-3 cups of dandelion greens or kale along with oranges, kiwi, figs and a table- spoon of chia seeds to make a smoothie that has more calcium than a glass of milk.

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Tip #2: Limit the amount of fat you add to your smoothie. This includes healthy fats like co- conuts and avocados. Too much fat and fruit in the same smoothie might cause gas and bloating. It may also interfere with your body’s ability to utilize the carbohydrates in the fruit and could cause weight gain. I al- ways recommend lim- iting the fat in your smoothie to no more than a tablespoon of chia or flax seeds, or at most 1/8 avocado. When it comes to green smoothies, low fat (and high carbohy- drates) is key for weight loss.

Steve Marmor herbalist, iridologist nutritional consultant

Tip #3: Try to use very little to no sweeteners. Refined and concentrated, processed sugar will hinder your ability to lose weight. Ripe bananas or other sweet, ripe fruit will sweeten your smoothies without presenting a problem for weight loss. Agave syrup, table sugar, honey and other concentrated sugars will turn a healthy, weight loss smoothie into a sugar bomb. If you absolutely must add a sweetener to your smoothie, try dates. However, wean yourself off of them as soon as you can since dates are a dried food with concentrated sugars.

Tip #4: Avoid using store-bought fruit juices or plant milks. These processed drinks are full of added sugars and preservatives. If you want fruit juice in your smoothie, squeeze your own juice from fresh citrus or make your own almond milk. It’s very easy to make rice, almond, hemp or even coconut milk with your blender and a strainer or nut milk bag.

Tip #5: Avoid canned or packaged foods. Fresh fruits, vegetables and dark leafy greens are packed full of fiber, naturally water rich, and full of mi- cronutrients that boost your metabolism. If you

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