The Worst Holiday Present

You wake up with a shiny new Holiday “gift pimple” on your chin. This is not going to go well with all those party photos. However, it does match the ugly sweater!

No one loves pimples! (except, Dr. Sandra Lee, the pimple popper, naturally!) Most of the human race as a whole despises them almost as much as politicians. We feel as if everyone is staring at them, they make us uncomfortable, and a bit insecure, at worse it makes us feel ugly and in the mood to become a hermit till they disappear.350_1

Pimples, blemishes, zits, spots, boils, blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, acne, comedones….whatever you call them, we all dread them. Some of us do love to squish them but that is a temporary, guilty pleasure.

Over the years, I have done some drastic things to combat the outbreaks. I fell for so many products claiming to make them vanish. I even cut bangs (fringe, if you are British) to cover an outbreak on my forehead. That was a bit silly and just made it worse! The fact is, there are products that help; some are not healthy, some dry the skin, some only work short-term. 

There are way too many products and way too many myths about the causes of these nasty intruders.

Like most health issues there are several causes. Some people need the perfect storm for a breakout; other just are prone to hosting zits. Our skin is our largest organ. When things are not functioning well, or there is an imbalance, our skin will indicate the body is need of help.

We all know the basic story: dirt and oil get clogged in a pore you get a pimple. This is only partly true. If you have a healthy balance inside your body and a balance of good bacteria on your skin, you can be almost immune to getting blemishes. So there is no need to use harsh products to strip your skin!

How does this work?

First, let’s briefly look at all the major causes of our breakouts:

  • Hormone imbalance. This is why we get zits at puberty, or breakouts with menstrual cycles, or with hypothyroid and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
  • Poor diet: high in sugar and processed foods.donut-guy
  • Hygiene: Over washing skin with harsh, anti- bacterial, or drying substances.
  • Reactions to products. (i.e. Sensitive skin)
  • Products: Blocking pores with facial soaps, moisturizers, and/or make-up.
  • Bad bacteria outnumbering good bacteria on your skin and in your gut.
  • Toxins: Smoking, alcohol, drugs!

Let’s look at how we can fix each of these issues.

Hormones— (I will spare you the geeking out with all the physiology.) Hormones are broken down by the liver. When the liver is over tasked, it shows on your skin!

Our hormones should be easily broken down by the liver then eliminated. However, when we hit puberty we get a surge of crazy hormones, sometimes more than our body can clear. Add in a typical teen diet of pizza, chips, and processed food; the liver just can not keep up. Note that 62% of acne patients are adults, and most are women. Most of these women have an imbalance in hormones seen by cyclical breakouts. 

When our liver gets overwhelmed as teens or adults, we will break out with acne or pimples. Click here for a link to our cleanse to help keep your liver working well.

Sometimes, acne can be a symptom of hypothyroidism. When thyroid levels are low, the liver does not filter cholesterol out of the bloodstream efficiently lowering the available amount to the body tissues that need cholesterol to form things like progesterone which signals the release of thyroid hormone. Therefore an imbalance of hormones results.

Diet— Many people think it is a myth that what you eat affects your skin. Even some dermatologist believe food has nothing to do with skin health. However, it is proven those that eat a clean, whole food based diet are healthier with clearer skin. This includes better skin quality plus slowing the signs of aging. The most interesting study (if you want to geek out) is an anthropology study on the Canadian Inuit population. It was noticed they started getting acne only when they began eating processed foods! It is not chocolate, it is any foods with a high gycemic load, especially highly processed foods filled with chemicals and preservatives. 

Sugar is the most inflammatory food. If you eat refined (added sugar, not natural fruit sugar) you are causing inflammation. “The evidence that pro-inflammatory foods simultaneously exacerbate acne and other chronic diseases, raises the possibility that Acne vulgaris should be added to the list of ‘diseases of civilization’” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5046992/

Diets high in sugar also decrease you immune system. We need strong immune systems to keep the bacteria in balance, overgrowth of “bad” bacteria can cause breakouts. The link between sugar and immune system suppression has been proven in scientific studies.

Nutrient low diets. How do you expect to build healthy skin cells with poor nutrients?!

Staying Hydrated. Yes, water is beneficial to keep those cells happy and helps your body eliminate waste products so your body remains clean and clear. Not to mention hydrated skin looks years younger than dehydrated. Think of the difference between a grape and a raisin!

Hormone filled meats and dairy. When you eat meat and dairy, make sure it is hormone free and antibiotic free. However, It is best to cut back on dairy since it tends to be inflammatory too. (I know we all love cheese…but it does not love us)

Hygiene, mainly over washing and harsh products strips your natural oils and balanced bacteria from you skin. After stripping the oils and bacteria, our skin works overtime to replace those oils. Plus bad bacteria seem to repopulate faster than the healthy balance you had before. So you can become more oily creating prime conditions for breakouts. The balance of bacteria helps prevent breakouts too!

TIP: Wash with warm (not hot) water and a soft cloth. Use a gentle soap (liquid is usually less drying) or a natural oil, like coconut oil  to remove dirt and/ or makeup (yes, oil works!) wipe clean with warm water then rinse with cold or cool water. You can use a homemade toner.

Reactions to products. If a product irritates your skin it will get inflamed! Your skin will try to protect itself by producing oils, or it will peel….these reactions can cause clogged pores.

Products: Adding certain products like moisturizers, makeup, sunscreens, acne products, coverup to your face, especially those with loads of complicated ingredients, tend to be comedogenic, i.e. pore clogging. Many natural oils like coconut oil are listed as a comedogenic however, the antimicrobial properties in it tend not to cause breakouts and provide a better moisturizer than many expensive products on the market.


Bad Bacteria
..really it is more of an imbalance that is the issue. Putting “bad” bacteria on your face sounds like a no-brainer for not being an intelligent move, but we do it without even thinking. Many women rarely wash their make-up brushes or toss old makeup, this is a major cause transferring bacterianew-pimple that cause blemishes. Keeping your pillow case clean and your dirty hands off your face, especially when working or studying is also useful to mention. We touch so much then put our hands on our face several times a day! Picking zits spreads bacteria, irritates skin, and again you are putting your hands on your face!

Toxins– I will keep this one short because all toxins slow the liver down, and negatively affect the body! Smoking- it is filled with toxins that are horrible for you skin plus ages you. Alcohol- this is sugar and toxins so think about all we said above. Drugs are just more toxins so very hard on your body/ liver.

General Tips for Clear Skin:

  1. Try my Detox for Clear Skin 🙂 So you can have step by step instructions. Sort of an “easy guide to clear skin.”
  2. Eat clean, exercise, keep your face in a healthy balance of good bacteria by not over washing, avoid toxins, and keep your face products natural and simple!
  3. If you want to get really clear on the subject check out our Clear Skin Detox….Doctor created program for clearer skin in 3 weeks. Ok, this is a repeat but it is nice to have clear skin! acne-flyer1

Geeking out with other articles:

Counting the Many Ways Sugar Harms Your Health

“Role of Sugars in Human Neutrophilic Phagocytosis,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Do not Nuke Your Nuts


“Is that a cell phone in your pocket your are you just happy to see me?”

Or are you just trying to reduce sperm count, cause mutant DNA (poorly formed sperm not x-men sperm) and increase your risk of testicular cancer?

In short, it is a very bad decision to opt for convince over health by placing cell phones and laptops on or next to your testicles. Save roasted nuts for culinary purposes only. Yes, I have had too many patients who are trying to conceive and the sperm morphology—the structure—is abnormally formed and unhealthy. Sperms with stumpy or missing tails can not swim. Those of you not wanting to conceive can find other forms of birth control. The cellular changes to the testicle comprise only a percentage of the problem, we are also seeing higher rates of testicular cancer.

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Save the Cock, photo by Dmitry Vinokurov 

At one time “tighty-whities” presented the biggest danger to your sperm count, now the world posses larger threats. Saving your balls from more than tighty-whities and biker shorts, which can also decrease your chances of attempted insemination for other reasons beyond the increase testicular temperature, but I digress). Our modern world provides cell phones, lab tops, toxic chemicals, and zeno-estrogens (estrogen mimicking molecules in plastics, pesticides, hormones in our food, etc) just to name a few dangers. It is time to get educated so you can take action.

Two options to save your family jewels other than going off grid are as follows.

  • First do not carry your phone in a pocket or put laptops on your lap, despite its name. 
    • Backpacks or messenger bags work great.
    • Belt clips with EMF protection
  • Second, if you don’t want to carry a some type of bag (bookbag, messenger bag, brief case, man bag, or laptop case) for your electronics; place a blocker directly on your devices.

 

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Going Nuts?!?

The incidence of testicular germ cell tumors (TGCT), the most common cancer in men aged 15 to 45 years, has doubled over the last 30 years in developed countries.

“Tumour risk associated with use of cellular telephones or cordless desktop telephones.” Hardell L1, Mild KH, Carlberg M, Söderqvist F.

“Lifestyle and testicular dysfunction: a brief update.” Agarwal A1, Desai NR, Ruffoli R, Carpi A.

“Biophysical evaluation of radiofrequency electromagnetic field effects on male reproductive pattern.” Kesari KK1, Kumar S, Nirala J, Siddiqui MH, Behari J. Cell Biochem Biophys. 2013 Mar;65(2):85-96. doi: 10.1007/s12013-012-9414-6.

Is My Self-Esteem Low Enough to Date you?

Admittedly, this sounds arrogant. So let me explain.2013-09-17-The-Adventures-of-Self-Esteem-Girl

Today, as I flipped through the radio stations I heard some guy saying he just goes up to girls in bars and briefly chats them up and ask if he can give them a night they never will forget. This apparently works well for him. I, of course, make smart ass comments in my head about STDs causing the lasting memory. However, as I continued to listen, guys call in making comments about how all those girls must be “trolls.” It started me thinking. I thought about all my fabulous friends and myself, if we would go home with this guy. How many times have we said yes to a date or have given our number out to people (this goes for men, women, straight, gay, and bi) that were just not in our highest interest. Many amazing humans have dated the worst humans, the meanest girls, the bad boy, or the dead beat leach, etc. It may not even be that drastic, we just  date people that were are not a good fit for us. Why? We need to feel connection, love, or something other than hurt.

Life can be hard. When someone comes up to you and is interested in you (or even just interested in getting into your pants) it can be just the ego boost you need. I admit it, I had months of meeting guys that every time I said I was a doctor, they physically took a step back! To go from open body posture, leaning in to a step back and arms folding…sucked. My med school friends and I joked about our degrees being the ultimate “cock block.” Yes, we do realize that we don’t want to date guys that were too insecure to date a doctor, but it still hurt. After a while the bar drops, the self esteem drops, you think things like “Hey, at least he bathes somewhat regularly!”  This can happen to anyone, any profession, and any age group. It does not take much. It could be a bad relationship where a partner repeatedly criticizes you. That slow tearing down can drastically lower your self esteem to the point where one nice comment can get you to hop into a another not so great relationship. At one point in my life, my desire to be wanted grew, it did cloud my judgement. As a naturopathic doctor, I am into health, yet I somehow dated an alcoholic, overweight, fracking supporting narcissist,  (yep, not a bright spot in my life) but he seemed like a nice guy at first. Yep, he asked me out and made a genuine effort, that is it.

How can we stop this crazy behavior? We need to learn healthy self love (I am not talking masterbation but that too is healthy) and to raise your own & each others self esteems. As a society we tear each other down easily and seem to forget how to build each other up. Practice positive self talk, say nice things to your self rather than critical. Practice giving complement out, sadly, at first it is a little awkward. Fears about giving complements include: fear of people thinking you are being fake (like a used car salesman), weird or you are hitting on them. I soon learned how easy it is to give genuine complements without it feeling odd or fear that people would think it is a come on. Learn to accept complements. Yes, just soak them in and say thank you! If you brush them off like you are not worthy of them you are denying the giver and missing out on an amazing gift. Just imaging handing someone a gift and they say “keep it, I am not worthy.” Kinda sucks for both of you.

Building people up. “Bless that which you want” is a Huna Philosophy. Many times that we tear others down it is because we are jealous in a way or that we see an aspect of ourselves in that person that we don’t like. When we see that guy with the sports car and think “midlife crisis car” or “compensation,” what are we doing? We may not want that car but we may just want the extra cash to do something that we value. So why not just think “good for him!” Any time you find yourself thinking or saying something negative things, try blessing it. It can be as easy as saying to your friends “I wish I had the ovaries to wear that!” or telling someone they look amazing to their face.

Next time that person you know is not good for your wellbeing is chatting you up, smile, thank them for the flattering remarks and walk away knowing you love yourself and that is perfect. Maybe the right person will come along, maybe not but you will never know if you don’t raise the bar for yourself.

Self-esteem song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMf8xa__d9o

 

Health & Joy,

Dr. Susan Lundgren

image from http://www.lastkisscomics.com/comic/the-adventures-of-low-self-esteem-girl/

Force Majeure of the Brown Rice Crepes

Some say “the mother of invention is necessity”…well, the mother of invention in my kitchen is “missing ingredients when you already started the recipe” or “avoidance of going to the store.” I guess those can be considered necessity, but I usually call it “too lazy to go to the store” or poor planning.

In today’s case, it was the dreaded “missing a partial ingredient.” I really wanted brown rice flour crepes with greens, goat cheese and an egg. However, I was ½ cup short on the brown rice flour. I was going to divide the recipe in half, but it calls for one egg.  Frankly, half of one egg is do-able, but I thought I would substitute instead.  So, I grabbed some Teff flour I bought for a recipe I never seemed to make again and used it instead. The end result was so damn yummy; I thought it was only right to share it with you.

In changing the recipe, I was unable to make them über thin and foldable like crepes, so they are quite lovely thin pancakes with toppings.

Teff and Brown Rice Skinny Pancakes (Gluten Free)

 

Skinny Pancake with spinach, tomato, goat cheese

Skinny Pancake with spinach, tomato, goat cheese

crepe ingredient

Batter:

  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ½ cup teff flour
  • 1 cup liquid (almond, oat, or rice milk works best)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pinch of salt (I like Celtic sea salt or Himalayan)
  • 1 tsp virgin cold press olive oil
  • Some oil or Butter to coat the pan
  • love

Topping ideas:

Fruit:  Strawberries, peaches, mangos, nectarines, blueberries, raspberries…

Honey and walnuts

Sautéed greens and egg

Sautéed mushrooms and veggies

Or my favorite, sauté onions, garlic, then mushrooms and greens with sundried tomatoes added to the pan last. Top the pancake then add a little goat cheese.

Directions:

  • Mix all the ingredients together by hand with a fork or whisk till smooth.
  • Heat butter (small slice) or coconut oil (man this is really good) on medium heat.
  • Add a small amount of the batter in a circle to keep the batter thin- or plop it in and spread it with a spoon. It does not spread with tilting the pan around like other batters.
  • Flip when they start to brown
  • Serve hot

Better Than Tissues: Tips for Allergy Relief!

Because I love you so, and do not want you to suffer from allergies, I am posting a video chuck full of tips.  All natural and easy to do.

http://youtu.be/7iH3qjNz0Sk

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Breakfast on the Go…that Helps You Go!

Flipping Fast Food…The Healthier side of to go breakfast!

Smoothies, a great way to get all the nutrients you need first thing in the morning. Helps get your morning going; with the added fiber it helps get your bowels moving too 🙂 It can be your regular morning routine!

*First find a protein powder that works for you.

Here are just a few recipes to get you started!

 

Island Green

Blend until creamy.  Makes 3 glasses.

1 Cup Spinach

4 Peaches

1 Mango

1 Banana (can add an apple instead, if you dislike naners!)

3 scoops of protein powder

1 Cup Water

 

Fruity & Fun

Blend until creamy.  Makes 3 glasses.

3 Kale Leaves

2 Apples

1 Peach

2 Pears

3 scoops protein powder

1 1/2 Cups Water

 

Berry Bonanza

Berry Bonanza

Blend till smooth. Makes 3 glasses

1 cup Frozen blueberries

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 cup raspberries

3 cups coconut milk (can use cooled green tea!)

3 scoops protein powder

Why I wholly believe that Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming can heal on a physical level by healing our emotional state, and the science that backs me up! ~Melissa Reese

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Has there ever been a time that someone said something in front of other people that embarrassed you so much that you actually turned red and/or starting physically sweating? Only words were spoken, but for some reason you had an emotional response that affected you physically. For some they do everything in their power to hold those emotions back as an attempt to also hide the physical response. The only thing is itʼs already too late; as soon as those words even started to come out of that personʼs mouth your body was already in mid process of releasing chemicals, and as much as we try to counteract that happening, our conscious mind is too slow. *See we actually process information from outside of us first, getting a signal and info to the heart, that then gets processed by all the receptor sites in our gut and then like a chemist our brain instantaneously tells our system which chemicals to release depending on how we filter the information. See our perception on the information is also critical because how we perceive what one is saying is what perpetuates our emotional response. By the time we start to “critically” think about the information in our conscious thought process, everything else is already done and on itʼs way through our entire system. That emotional response is stored in our cellular memory and in our mind. So, we can simply think about that past occurrence, remember it, and boom, we are physically reacting in either the same or very similar way, as if it was occurring right then and there, even though it was weeks, months, or years ago.* The only way to not react to that situation in the same way is to “let it go” or think of it in a different way. To translate, “letting it go” is a form of forgiveness, and thinking about something in a different way is simply re-framing it, changing our perception therefore our feeling, and our emotional response to that thought, that memory. So, how do we just do this? Well, the powerful decision making ability to decide these differences lies within us! Thatʼs right, we all have the innate power to re-decide, to think and believe differently; and sometimes we can only do this by letting it go/forgiveness, looking at the situation in a different way and maybe being able to laugh about it. Either way a different emotional response then overrides the previous one with more positive chemicals and thus changing how your body responds to that memory, thought, or belief. Have you ever learned information about someone or something that made you look at it/them in a way you never have before, either good or bad, and notice how instantaneously you change your mind? In a split second, now armed with this “new” information, it or they is completely different to you. Sometimes this new information can bring angst, anger, stress, or anxiety; however, on the flip side, have you ever noticed once you think about something differently, you are able to laugh at it or just let it go, and you feel lighter, freer, or just better?

Our body knows how to heal itself, just like when we cut ourselves and our cells automatically know how to form a scab, or how our body allows bruises to simply disappear as if they were never there. Sometimes we get in the way of our own healing, picking the scab or continuing to bump into that same bruise and creating a scar and more soreness. The same goes for when we choose not to let go of something, allow something to “eat us up”, and choose to never look at things in a different way. Maybe itʼs because weʼre stubborn, maybe itʼs because we donʼt know how or even where to start, either way itʼs nice to have someone else help us get out of our own way so we can heal the way we were meant to. Thatʼs where a Hypnotherapist/NLP practitioner or Coach comes into play. See, traditional counseling uses only discussion or talk therapy; whereby you are constantly bringing up the past, talking about hurtful things, and your body is then constantly having that same past reaction, therefore strengthening the negative physical response over and over again. In Hypnotherapy/NLP we work to help the client “let it go”, see it differently, and create a different emotional response; therefore giving our body permission to heal, getting out of our own way.
For the skeptics I recommend reading Dr. Candace Pertʼs book “Molecules of Emotion” as well as Dr. Bruce Liptonʼs book “The Biology of Belief”. These books are the science behind Hypnotherapy and NLP.
*This article includes information learned from “The Living Matrix”, “The Cure Is”, Dr. Candace Pert, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Dr. Linda Bennett, and Dr. Matt James.

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Shark Week! Don’t let PSM Bite…

Shark Week!

Sharks can be dangerous but PMS is down right deadly.

According to the folks at Urban Dictionary, Shark week can be defined in the following ways:

1. A week in the summer when discovery channel broadcasts all its shows in the shark theme. The best week to watch TV. e.g. Bill: Hey dude you wanna watch TV?  Ted: Not really man.  Bill: But bro its Shark week!!!
Ted: Really! Most Excellent!

2. The week a woman experiences menstruation. e.g. Shannon was in a bad mood because it was shark week.

3. The best week of your life. e.g. “Dude, it’s shark week!” “I know Dude, I haven’t seen sunlight in 4 days!”

Today I am focusing on definition number two….behind door number two dwells much evil, but it does not have to be that way. We may not want to frolic about in tight white pants with little puppies in a field of flowers but it can be a little closer to a happy medium between definition 2 and 3.

Usually we abandon all hippy instincts of being at one with our bodies, our thoughts and, most of all, our emotions and choose to go to war. We fight to regain a semblance of our selves, one were we are in control. Seriously,  we pull out all the weapons: chemical warfare, physical fights, solitary confinement, emotional games, fire/ ice, and other forms of tourture.  In this blog, I want to arm both women and the men that love us with some weapons of healing rather than distruction.

Sometimes, hell, most of the time, we can not banish our alien bodies to a week of solitary confinement (the red tent), where we can rest and take care of ourselves.  Sometimes we just need to put our big girl pants on- with a sexy diaper like device or blood catcher, and get on with our busy, demanding lives.  However, if we do a little work we can hopefully have less shark weeks that bite.

General tips to help PMS:

The biggest help is taking good care of you body and doing a detox or cleanse!

See a naturopathic doctor like me
-Avoid sugar and caffeine – ya, this is not what you want to hear, as you devour that chocolate. However,  the less inflammation in your body the better. Also, caffeine needs to be cleared in you liver by the very cool Cytochrome P450 system at work in our livers. It is as cool as it sounds.
-Doing a liver cleanse, make sure you are healthy enough for this first. Our liver is in charge of breaking down our estrogen amongst other hormones, toxins, and goop. So a clean, high functioning liver helps keep us in balance, which helps keep us from being raving bitches (to put it bluntly).
-Be kind to yourself, take a break and rest, your body is doing a lot of work. Stay hydrated, well rested and eat foods like lightly steamed veggies and easy to digest foods.
– Try Homeopathy, great homeopathics include: Cimicifuga Plex by Unda
-Try herbal teas and herbal tinctures to promote healthy liver function and relax smooth muscles: Dandelion tea for your liver, Cramp and Skullcap bark tincture for relaxing smooth muscles! Also Chaste tree berry, calcium, vitamin B6, vitamin E, Vit D3 and magnesium have all been shown to minimize these symptoms. However, be sure to check with your physician before taking any supplements, especially if you are already taking other medications or supplements.

Scary Shark Week Facts:

45 Per Cent of Attempted Suicides occurred during the week preceding Menstruation in a 1968 Study (Wallach and Rubin)

67% of Alcohol Drinking Binges occur during PMS

Criminal Stats:

North Carolina Prison Study 41 % of the inmate assaults during PMS (1971)  (Ellis and Austin)

Of 42 New York State Inmates Interviewed, 62 per cent were premenstrual during the crime commission
156 British Women imprisoned for theft, prostitution and drunkenness almost half were during paramenstrum
Out of 50 Violent crime Females, 44% occurred during PMS
Henry III(1216-1272) granted pardons for those who killed while of unsound mind during menstration
Edward I (1272-1307) Pardonable Homicide: A Special Verdict: Spared life, Loss of Property
Edward II (1307-1327)Proclaimed a “Madness” a defense for women with PMS
And the stories continued from the horrific to the down right amusing…

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Laughter is best…especially with shameless promotion

My mother thinks I should be a serious doctor and tell everyone about the diseases I treat and how great a job I do treating these diseases. She might be right, she tends to be, especially when I least want her to be. So possibly in the future, I will give it a try. However, that is what the majority of doctors (at least 1 in 5)do- it is so very predictable and hackney. Most of all, it is just not my style.
My passion for health, education, and empowering people to make positive health choices should be exemplified in my practice, my writing, how I treat my patients, and my volunteer work. So that frees me up to create silly promotions.
Laughter is truly the best medicine.
Enjoy and feel free to giggle.

Thanks,
Dr. Susan Lundgren

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