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THE LATEST ON ALCOHOL USE AND WHETHER IT IS GOOD FOR YOU OR NOT

Paracelsus, in the 1500s, was a philosopher, botanist and scientist. He was the first physician to notice that some diseases have psychological causes. He’s most famous for being the first physician to wonder about the effects of toxins on the body. In that regard, he’s credited as the founder of toxicology. His insight that there’s no such thing as a toxic substance, just toxic doses.

His discovery that any substance in a low enough dose has beneficial effects on the body. Any substance in a high enough dose was toxic to the body. Examples of this can be any substance such as vitamins, heavy metals, pesticides, cyanide, viruses, bacteria, water, whatever. It perplexes many doctors, scientists, and lay people who still view certain substances as inherently toxic while other substances as inherently safe. Paracelsus showed that it’s not the substance of a thing that makes it toxic, it’s the dose. That’s why I want to talk about a legal drug called alcohol.

I drink alcohol. Sometimes I lose count of my allotment when I’m at social functions. I pay for it the next day. However, I know why, and, it is the dosage. I also take precautions before and after to get the alcohol out of my body because it depleted my mineral status. A review article entitled, “Alcohol and endothelial function: a brief review,” points out how important dosage is to the effects of alcohol on the body. The authors state that, “Regular light to moderate alcohol intake appears to confer protection against both coronary artery disease and ischemic stroke. In contrast, heavy alcohol consumption increases the risk of coronary artery disease and the risk of both hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke.”

It looks like the main reason drinking alcohol is healthy is because in the right dose it stimulates nitric oxide formation. Our bodies make nitric oxide from the amino acid arginine in the presence of oxygen and an enzyme called nitric oxide synthase (NOS). Nitric oxide is the primary determinant of how well our circulation works. It increases circulation by opening up (vasodilating) our arteries and small blood vessels. Without enough nitric oxide, the vessels tighten up, and blood flow decreases. Alcohol increases nitric oxide production. There are other foods and supplements that can do this too, but that is another subject.

Alcohol does it by increasing the activity of NOS, the enzyme that forms nitric oxide. It can do it effectively. In the body, nitric oxide is converted to nitrite and nitrate. These substances are good indicators of how much nitric oxide your body is producing. The higher the levels of either nitrite or nitrate, the higher the levels of nitric oxide. One study looked at the effect of three ounces of alcohol spirits in a group of men and women and found that the alcohol doubled their nitrite and nitrate levels over the next 12 hours.

However, this is important to say that DOSE is important. The authors discovered that higher doses have the opposite effect. According to the authors, “It is clear that acute low doses of alcohol increase both the release of nitric oxide and NOS expression, and augment endothelium-mediated vasodilatation (opening blood vessels), whereas higher doses impair endothelial functions (close blood vessels).” High doses are not the only problem. The article goes on to show that not only do high doses not improve nitric oxide production, they actually decrease production. Other clinical studies on the biological effects of alcohol entitled,”Risk of Dementia and alcohol and wine consumption: a review of recent results,” is another study that you may want to read below if you want to learn more about this area and alcohol use.

This study looked at a large population of men and women in Bordeaux, France. The researchers found that people drinking from three to four standard glasses of wine per day were at a 81 percent less likely to get dementia of any type than non-drinkers. And they were 72 percent less likely to get Alzheimer’s. These reductions took into account age, sex, education, occupation, baseline cognitive performances and other possible factors that could have affected the results. It was clear from this study that drinking alcohol had a markedly positive effect when it came to dementia across the board.

Another, called the Rotterdam study, had  much lower amounts of alcohol and had the same protective effect. Drinking one to three drinks per day led to a 42 percent reduction in all forms of dementia, and a 71 percent decrease in vascular dementia. Vascular dementia, (which my mother did not drink alcohol most of her life and had been diagnosed initially, and then Alzheimer’s disease), is caused by decreased circulation to the brain, and is associated with decreased levels of nitric oxide. The authors of the Rotterdam study also noticed that the positive effects of moderate alcohol intake was not affected by different forms of alcohol.  Wine, spirits, beer all had the same effects. In the right alcohol doses, it prevents dementia of all kinds.

With ischemic strokes, the most common causes of serious functional impairment in the U.S. and other developed countries, where the blood supply to the brain is suddenly cut off. Eighty percent of all strokes are ischemic strokes. Several studies of the risk of ischemic strokes and alcohol have shown that heavy drinking increases the risk. However, according to the authors of this study, “Regular light to moderate drinking seemed to be associated with a decreased risk for ischemic stroke.” Protects against strokes and against dementia.

In a huge study published in 2000, the authors wanted to see the connection between alcohol consumption and the risk of coronary artery disease. In this case, the authors looked at all of the population studies that were published from 1966 to 1998 regarding alcohol and coronary artery disease. They found 196 studies, but settled on 28 high quality studies. They found that men and women drinking up to 20 grams (about 3/4 a glass of wine, 3/4 of an ounce of spirits and 3/4 can of beer) a day of alcohol there was a 20 percent decrease in risk for coronary artery disease. When they looked at larger amounts of up to 72 grams per day, the protection from alcohol decreased to only four percent (72 ounces is about 2 1/2 ounces of spirits, 2 1/2 glasses of wine or 2 1/2 cans of beer).

The research is pretty clear that drinking alcohol has a healthy effect on the body. However, overdoing it is detrimental to our bodies. In general, it seems like the best effects happen when drinking one to two glasses of wine or two cans of beer or two ounces of liquor per day. That seems to be the optimal dosage range needed to get enough of an increase in nitric oxide production to have strong clinical effects. If you do insist to drink, and within this range, you may need to support your body, especially the liver, to metabolize the alcohol (acetaldehyde) and a regular exercise program to get rid of the excess sugar (glucose) alcohols in your blood.

References:

Corrao G, Rubbiati L, et al. Alcohol and coronary heart disease: a meta-analysis. Addiction. 2000 Oct; 95(10): 1505-23.

Curr Clin Pharmacol. 2007 May; 2(2): 145-53.

Deng XS, Deitrich R.A. Ethanol metabolism and effects: nitric oxide and its interaction.

Letenneur L. Risk of dementia and alcohol and wine consumption: a review of recent results. Biol Res. 2004; 37(2): 189-93.

Puddley IB, Zilkens RR et al. Alcohol and endothelial function: a brief review. Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 2001 Dec; 28(12): 1020-4.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO MY WELL INFORMED HEALTH ADVOCATES

Collaboration with each other will make changes in your life! This past year I have had the loss of my mother to the dreadful Alzheimer’s disease.  I am so grateful for you that you’re staying informed and I want you to be well-informed!

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season. Thank you for your continued support so we can make a difference in all of our family’s lives and beyond.

 

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LOVE AND TRUTH EMBODIES OUR HEALTH OF BODY AND MIND

As my parents age with illnesses, I have come to realize that death is part of the life cycle first hand. There are many perceived family pressures associated with my father’s beliefs and expectations of my mother with Alzheimer’s disease by him saying that this was not part of their retirement plans.

Any disease that happens to us or others, we cannot plan for every health contingency.  However, the key is prevention to live the best quality of life and to keep on learning about ourselves each and every day.

Dr. Bruce Lipton, a cellular biologist at Stanford University, said in his research that the thing that causes illness and disease is stress. And the thing that always causes stress is a wrong belief. Those wrong beliefs are embedded in our cellular memories. Dr. Lipton goes on to say that if you can heal that wrong belief, the stress goes away and the immune system in the body can heal everything even genetic illnesses and disease.

When my mother had her mental facilities, she seemed at odds with practically everyone. I truly believe her belief source came down to that she could not please her own mother. I felt that if she could heal this one belief, she would have had a better life. I still have not given up on taking this challenge on with her even with her state of mind.

You see, when you heal the wrong belief, you also heal the thing that is blocking the success and prosperity in life. I know this first hand. I have been working on so many aspects of fear-based thoughts on both the conscious and unconscious levels so that I can have love and truth for my success goals, which need to be 100 percent under my control. Why? Because stress drains your energy and it dumbs you down and it causes you to come at everything from a negative perspective. How in the world are you going to be successful when you can’t think straight, you don’t have energy and you are coming at everything from a negative perspective? Every negative thing flows from fear.

And the wrong belief, according to Dr. Lipton’s research, causes us to be afraid when we should not be afraid. So what comes from fear? Anger, sadness, depression, manipulation, dishonesty, every crime that is ever committed, as well as, fear of failure and fear of other things. So this category of unhealthy beliefs can absolutely change your life.

Some of the unhealthy beliefs are:  “I’m unlovable. I’m insignificant. I’m flawed. I’m hopeless. I’m worthless. Something bad is going to happen. Something must change right now for me to be okay. People are going to take advantage of me. I am bad. I’m not good enough. I’m unforgivable. People are out to get me. I must be in control. It’s not fair. People must think well of me for me to be okay. I can’t do it. I’m not capable. Others should do it for me.”

Those are the unhealthy beliefs that block us from living the life we want to live. And that, when they are healed, can change our lives forever. I know I have lived with most of the above even while looking successful on my resume and the plaques on the wall. However, my body remembered and expressed its dissatisfaction with my negative beliefs by throwing my immune system upside down with the development of my severe plaque psoriasis. Not only did I look at my nutrition, but I had to look at the how and why I could truly heal my autoimmune condition. My heart knew.

Let’s look at some of the positive transforming beliefs. I am lovable. I am significant. I’m whole. I’m a person of worth regardless of my circumstances or what anybody thinks. I have unbounded hope for the future. Wonderful things are in store for me. My future is not tied to the past. I am free. I am always okay. Even though I’m always learning, growing and getting better, I am satisfied and content right now. I love everyone. Everyone is different, but all have worth and value. I will receive all good things by surrendering to love and truth. I can lay down control. I don’t have to try to be someone I’m not in order to be loved. I will believe and live the truth of who I am. I am capable. I can do it. I don’t have to get others to do it for me. I have a say over my life.

Which of these beliefs would you rather hold? How would you rather live? Well, that is why we want to heal those destructive beliefs, and to infuse the healthy ones. I promise you, if you do that in just this category, you will never, ever be the same.

I know how success looks for me everyday and that includes a healthy mind, body and spirit. What does it look like for you?

LEGAL DISCLAIMER:  The statements herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. We make no curative claims. This information in this blog is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only with regard to healthy living. It is a self-help tool for your own use, it is not medical advice. Always consult with your doctor when considering dietary, exercise, or prescription changes.

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THE NATURAL SECRET TO GREAT SEX AFTER MENOPAUSE

Over the years, it seems that much more attention has been paid to male sexual health and satisfaction than it has to the female sexual health. Contrary to what the mainstream medical community might want you to believe, that women are interested in having fulfilling sex lives too and even after menopause. But sometimes it just physically isn’t that easy. Atrophic vaginitis can make sex downright unpleasant for many women. This condition is very common and includes symptoms like vaginal dryness, itching or burning, painful sexual intercourse, light bleeding after intercourse, and sometimes incontinence.

You may have all of these symptoms or just a few. But, since the usual treatment for this problem is hormone replacement therapy (HRT), you may decide to “just live with it,” rather than face the risks that have surfaced regarding synthetic hormone replacement.

Keep in mind that you can take hormone replacement safely with all-natural, identical-to-human HRT, but there may even be a simpler solution; an all natural ginseng.

Decades ago, a British researcher found that Panax ginseng can be used effectively to treat atrophic vaginitis. Women with a history of vaginal dryness and painful intercourse were asked to volunteer for biopsies of the vaginal mucosa. When examined microscopically, the biopsy specimens showed typical atrophy, with a thinner skin and little to no mucous production. Physical examination prior to biopsy showed the same changes.

The women were asked to take Panax ginseng for two to three months. Repeat biopsies showed significantly thickened mucosa with more normal surface mucous. Physical examination showed the same types of changes, and women reported disappearance of vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.

I advise 100 milligrams of standardized Panax ginseng extract three times daily. After comfort has returned and symptoms have diminished, you can usually lower your dosage of ginseng to an appropriate maintenance level that works for you.

No one should give up hope, comfort, or great sex after menopause. If any of the symptoms listed above apply to you, Panax ginseng is certainly worth a try. It’s available in almost any natural food store, as well as many pharmacies and supermarkets. Look for the most pure form with as little additives listed in the other section on the bottle.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER:  The statements herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. We make no curative claims. This information in this blog is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only with regard to healthy living. It is a self-help tool for your own use, it is not medical advice. Always consult with your doctor when considering dietary, exercise, or prescription changes.

Please contact me if you’d like further information on how I can assist you in resolving your challenges by contacting me in the form below.

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE AUGUST 24, 2015

HOLISTIC ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

DEBRA ANN BARTZ
www.learnconquersoarcoaching.com
www.debrabartz.com
http://coachdebra@bemergroup.com

Suffering with some health issues over the last several years, Debra A. Bartz felt threatened that it might affect her longtime career as a pilot. Diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, she found that the medical establishment where she was being treated was not concerned with the cause of her ailment, but more concerned with her starting on a drug that wasn’t tested by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA told her she could not continue to fly unless she could prove that she would not react to the medication, for safety reasons. Empowered to find out what she could do for herself, Debra’s medical setback and possible loss of career led her to pursue certifications with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners as a board certified holistic practitioner to pursue different options.
“I decided to start my own wellness coaching business to empower individuals to take charge of their lives and health goals, just as I had to do with my own,” Debra said. “As a holistic practitioner, I have coached clients with food allergies, thyroid issues, psoriasis, and inflammation issues related to arthritis and life coaching. I have assisted them with accountability, challenges with planning less stressful weeks, reduction and elimination of their use of over the counter and prescription medicines, and weight loss.”
Since she was only 10-years-old, Debra knew she wanted to be a pilot. She put all of her energy into schooling and applied to the United States Air Force Academy. Being the third class of women to graduate from the Air Force in 1982, Debra started the first part of her 20-year career as an Air Force Officer. In her first year as an officer, Debra graduated from Undergraduate Pilot Training and earned her military pilot wings. She flew the T-37, T-38, and the KC-135 Air Refueling aircraft as an active duty pilot flying worldwide to refuel the SR-71.
In 1993, while flying the KC-135 part-time for the Wisconsin Air National Guard, Debra became a recruiter and interviewer with the United States Air Force Academy liaison officer where she mentored and recruited high school students to apply for an appointment to the Air Force Academy and Air Force Reserve Training Corp scholarships. In 1997, she became the human services administrator for the 128th Air Refueling Wing Medical Squadron. Debra retired in 2002 with the rank of major.
While serving part-time in the Air National Guard, Debra started her full-time civilian career as an airline pilot for United Airlines. For the first eight years, she flew on the 727 as a flight engineer and first officer. In 1998, she began flying as a captain on the Boeing 737, 757, 767, and Airbus 320, flying passengers domestically in the United States.
After learning about her autoimmune disorder, Debra was not ready to give up her career as a pilot. To search for answers, she began to attend the Institute Integrative Nutrition program accredited by the State University of New York, became a board certified holistic practitioner with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, a Certified Mastery Transformational Coaching Method Coach, and a Hormone Trained Specialist. Then, in 2012, Debra founded Learn Conquer Soar Coaching, a holistic health coaching business to help others in similar situations.
To be a positive influence to others, Debra leads by example every day. She assists clients in reaching their goals by providing them with access to a better quality of life through by helping them to realize their dreams through good health. She helps others to learn their mindset principles, conquer their food and mind issues, and soar to success.
As owner and coach of the Learn Conquer Soar Coaching, Debra focuses on relieving her clients’ stresses around what may be ailing them. She does this through a step-by-step approach for their specific and general malaise to empower them to find and change their habit patterns to a better quality of life free of stress and with less pain. She continues her education with the top 1% of worldwide coaches to expand her knowledge. In addition, she has become a BEMER Independent Distributor that is a bio-energy device that is an energy technological FDA approved Class I medical device that enhances general blood flow to the body’s micro-circulation level.
“I am a person who is striving to get the message out to other women that service to others is the most important issue and we need to help others heal,” Debra explained about her ultimate goal. “We can control our health and don’t have to succumb to avoidable health issues.”
In addition to earning a Bachelor’s Degree while serving in the Air Force, Debra received her Master of Science Degree in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University in 1989. Ten years later she earned a fitness and nutrition diploma from International Correspondence Schools in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She continues her education at the School of Liberal Studies, State University of New York and is very happy with direction her career has taken her.
Many of the qualities that helped Debra become a successful pilot have transcended into her successful coaching career. To become an Air Force pilot, Debra had to be competitive and was mentored into an elite status. She was at ease being in command, has fantastic leadership skills, a great ability to follow procedures and techniques, and has a great understanding of management principles.
Working in a male dominated field, both in the military and as an airline pilot, Debra felt the undercurrent of being analyzed for decision making, how well she executed those decisions, and the difference in approaching the situation to rectify each situation. She learned not to take things personally, to keep her emotions in check in each situation, and to talk about challenges with those who care about her and her overall success. Debra also learned through passion, perseverance, and understanding, that critiques served as feedback and were not intended to point out failure.