Sunday, 30 October 2016

How To Take Back Control Of Your Life From Controlling, Unsupportive Family And Friends

This article first appeared on Fabrizio Fusco | Personal Health and Life Coaching | London UK.

Often, people that have no dreams influence you to stay out of your dreams. They influence you to believe that you're not enough to achieve such high goals. It may...

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What Are Bojangles Ingredients? (Let Me Warn You.)

Today I'm launching a petition asking the restaurant chain Bojangles' Famous Chicken & Biscuits to: (1) formally prohibit the routine use of antibiotics for growth promotion and disease prevention in the production of their meat, with a concrete policy and timeline, and … Continued

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

What Is Spirituality And Why Religion Is The Cause Of Many Wars

This article first appeared on Fabrizio Fusco | Personal Health and Life Coaching | London UK.

There's a fine line between history and mythology. Myths are defined as a collection of imaginary stories told to explain nature, history, and customs. Now, who decides when history stops...

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

How To Find Your Passion, Happiness, And Purpose When You Feel Lost In Life

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Motivation, happiness, inspiration are not things that you have. They are things that you generate from within. And you generate them by doing things you are passionate about. It's pretty obvious: you should...

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Study: ADHD Drugs Fail to Help Kids Complete Homework

By Dr. Mercola

Drugs prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are among the most controversial on the market. Such drugs are the most common psychotropic drugs used by children (tied for first place with antidepressants),1 yet they have questionable benefits and serious risks.

Medicating children with ADHD is in itself controversial, especially because there is no laboratory test or objective method to determine which children have ADHD.

Some may be labeled as such by parents or teachers, and even those diagnosed by a mental health professional may be displaying symptoms that could be attributed to other causes.

Many of the symptoms, such as being easily distracted, squirming and fidgeting, are seen in virtually all children at some point or another and, should they become problematic, may be better dealt with via lifestyle changes and psychotherapy than powerful stimulant drugs.

Any parent considering drug treatment for a child with ADHD must carefully weigh the benefits versus the risks, and new research suggests the purported benefits do not extend to improvements in school.

ADHD Drugs Don't Help Kids Get Better Grades

A major concern of parents of children with ADHD is how it might affect their schoolwork. Worried that their child may fall behind other students or struggle with poor grades, some parents resort to drug treatment, believing it will help. Some drug companies even advertise their treatments as helping to improve homework time.

“Evidence indicates that children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) experience acute and prolonged academic impairment and underachievement including marked difficulty with completing homework,” researchers wrote in a new study.2

It's the first to examine the effects of drug versus behavioral treatment on homework performance in children with ADHD.

Seventy-five children between the ages of 5 and 12 participated. One group was assigned to receive either a stimulant drug or a placebo for three weeks, then switched. Another group received behavioral therapy.

The drug treatment led to no significant improvements in homework completion or accuracy compared to placebo. The behavioral therapy, however, led to children finishing up to 13 percent more homework problems and increased accuracy by 8 percent.

This homework boost could be the difference between a child receiving a passing “C” grade or failing a class, the researchers noted, adding:3

Behavioral treatment focused on homework problems results in clear benefits for children's homework completion and accuracy (the difference between passing and failing, on average), whereas long-acting stimulant medication resulted in limited and largely nonsignificant acute effects on homework performance.”

Expectations of Benefit From ADHD Drugs Are 'Greater Than They Should Be'

Many people assume that giving a child with ADHD drug treatment will make the symptoms disappear, but research reveals such expectations may be unrealistic.

Research published in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews found the drug methylphenidate (brand names Ritalin, Concerta, Medikinet and Equasym) may lead to modest improvements in symptoms, general behavior and quality of life.4

However, the modest benefit was based on poor-quality studies, leading the researchers to caution against using the drug without careful consideration. Study author Morris Zwi, a clinician and consultant for child and adolescent psychiatry, said:5

"Our expectations of this treatment are probably greater than they should be … Whilst our review shows some evidence of benefit, we should bear in mind that this finding was based on very low-quality evidence. What we still need are large, well-conducted trials to clarify the risks versus the benefits."

Side Effects of ADHD Drugs: Sleep Problems and More

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews study also found methylphenidate is associated with an increased risk of sleep problems and appetite loss.

Overall, those taking methylphenidate had a 29 percent increased risk of experiencing a non-serious adverse event, the most common of which were sleep problems and decreased appetite.

Among children taking the drug, the risks were especially pronounced. Compared to the control group, children taking methylphenidate had a 60 percent greater risk for trouble sleeping/sleep problems and a 266 percent greater risk for decreased appetite.

A separate study published in Pediatrics also found that stimulant medications such as Ritalin may harm children's sleep.6

Although the drugs have stimulant effects, they may have a calming effect on children with ADHD, and some have suggested the drugs may improve sleep by reducing bedtime-resistant behaviors.

However, this research, which reviewed nine individual studies, found that in general children taking stimulant drugs:

  • Took longer to fall asleep than others (with the time lengthening as the dose increased)

  • Had shorter sleep duration

  • Had worse sleep efficiency, which is the ratio of time spent asleep to the time spent in bed

The effect is particularly troublesome because lack of sleep makes ADHD symptoms worse, with researchers noting, “sleep adverse effects could undermine the benefits of stimulant medications in some cases.”7

Why Is ADHD on the Rise?

Approximately 11 percent of U.S. children between the ages of 4 and 17 years (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD,8 and no one really knows what's causing this condition. Many factors are likely involved, including poor nutrition and environmental toxins.

Children with higher levels of the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), for instance, are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.9

Pesticide exposure, including pyrethroids,10 has also been linked to ADHD. Children exposed to higher levels of organophosphate pesticides may have a twofold to threefold increased risk of being diagnosed with ADHD.11 Exposure to tobacco smoke in utero is also associated with ADHD.12

Nutritionally speaking, a number of factors have been linked to ADHD and/or similar behavioral problems in children. One study even suggested that eating an unhealthy diet during pregnancy may increase ADHD symptoms in youth.13 In addition:

  • Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages like soda is associated with ADHD14

  • Gluten sensitivity may be common in children with ADHD. According to a 2011 study, celiac disease is "markedly overrepresented among patients presenting with ADHD,"15 and a gluten-free diet has been shown to significantly improve behavior in kids.
  • Artificial food coloring and other food additives, such as preservatives, are associated with increased hyperactivity in children16

Exercise May Improve Schoolwork and Other Symptoms in Children With ADHD

While the featured study found no benefit to homework among children taking drugs to treat ADHD, there are other options, namely exercise.

Research published in the journal Pediatrics found that kids who engaged in a regular physical activity program had an improvement in executive control, which is the ability to maintain focus, working memory and cognitive flexibility (or switching between tasks).17

Executive functioning is often impaired in children with ADHD, which means exercise may directly help to improve symptoms. Further, exercise is well known to boost test scores and academic performance in children, and this association is particularly strong among kids with ADHD.

One study found, for instance, that a before- and after-school physical activity program reduced inattention and moodiness among young children at risk of ADHD, as well as improved math and reading test scores.18 Other research revealed that 26 minutes of physical activity each day helped to significantly reduce ADHD symptoms in grade-schoolers.19

In a TED talk from 2012, John Ratey, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard, suggested that exercise be viewed as medication for ADHD, as it triggers your brain to release dopamine and serotonin, which improve mood and boost cognitive performance. You can view that talk below.

Natural Methods to Help Overcome ADHD-Like Symptoms

If your child struggles with behavioral difficulties or other ADHD-like symptoms, behavioral therapy may help. However, whether he or she has been diagnosed with ADHD or not, I strongly recommend addressing the following factors in addition to such therapy:

Too much sugar. High-sugar foods and starchy carbohydrates lead to excessive insulin release, which can cause falling blood sugar levels, or hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia, in turn, causes your brain to secrete glutamate in levels that can cause agitation, depression, anger, anxiety and panic attacks.

Besides that, sugar promotes chronic inflammation in your body, and many studies have demonstrated the connection between a high-sugar diet and worsened mental health.

An unhealthy gut. As explained by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, a medical doctor with a postgraduate degree in neurology, toxicity in your gut can flow throughout your body and into your brain, where it can cause symptoms of autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, schizophrenia and other mental disorders.

Reducing gut inflammation is imperative when addressing mental health issues, so optimizing your child's gut flora is a critical step.

This includes not only avoiding processed, refined foods but also eating traditionally fermented foods. Fermented vegetables are excellent, although many kids enjoy fermented dairy products like kefir, especially if you blend them into healthy smoothies.

If you cannot get your child to eat fermented foods on a regular basis, a high-quality probiotic supplement may be highly beneficial in correcting abnormal gut flora that may contribute to brain dysfunction and behavioral issues.

Animal-sourced omega-3 deficiency. Research has shown that kids low in omega-3 fats are significantly more likely to be hyperactive, struggle with learning disorders and display behavioral problems. Omega-3 deficiencies have also been tied to dyslexia, violence and depression. A clinical study published in 2007 examined the effects of krill oil on adults diagnosed with ADHD.20

In that study, patients improved their ability to concentrate by an average of over 60 percent after taking a daily 500-milligram (mg) dose of krill oil for six months. They also reported a 50 percent improvement in planning skills and a close to 49 percent improvement in social skills.

Food additives and GMO ingredients. A number of food additives are thought to worsen ADHD, and many have subsequently been banned in Europe. Potential culprits to avoid include Blue #1 and #2 food coloring; Green #3; Orange B; Red #3 and #40; Yellow #5 and #6; and sodium benzoate, a preservative.

Additional Factors to Help Relieve ADHD Symptoms

Along with addressing your child's nutrition and activity levels, I also recommend implementing the following strategies:

  • Clear your house of dangerous pesticides and other synthetic chemicals.

  • EMF. Limit exposure to radiofrequency microwave radiation, cell and portable phones and electro-pollution. This is especially true for the sleeping environment where rest and repair occurs. It should be as electrically neutral as possible.

  • Avoid commercial washing detergents and cleaning products used on clothes and around your home and replace them with naturally derived cleaning products free of added perfumes and softeners.

  • Spend more time in nature. Researchers have found that exposing ADHD children to nature is an affordable, healthy way of controlling symptoms.

  • Investigate sensory therapy and emotional wellness tools. Energy psychology tools such as the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) may help improve emotional coping and healing.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

The Benefits Of Magnesium Chloride: Natural Migraine Treatment And Relief

This article first appeared on Fabrizio Fusco | Personal Health and Life Coaching | London UK - The Health and Life Coach.

Magnesium is a powerful healing mineral designed by nature; we desperately need it because the body cannot manufacture it by itself.

More than 300 chemical reactions in our body need magnesium: if we are deficient the body shuts down and we slowly die.

Magnesium has the potential to save your life

Magnesium has the potential to save your life. This affirmation is so true that naturopath Carolyn Dean named one of her books “The Magnesium Miracle “.

Not only that, Dr Mark Sircus affirms that magnesium has been used around the world to bring people back from the brink of death.

He also examines how this amazing mineral, so overlooked by the majority, affects many aspects of our health including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, asthma, inflammation, arthritis and autism. 

“Magnesium deficiency is one of the most common nutritional problems in the industrialized world today. This deficiency is the result of agricultural practices, food preparation techniques, and dietary trends. The health implications are nothing short of catastrophic.” – Dr Sircus 

“Magnesium has solved more 'incurable' and 'mysterious symptoms' than any other mineral I have observed in 31 years.” – Dr. Sherry Rogers 

“Magnesium chloride is one of the best-kept secrets, not only in naturopathic medicine, but also in the world of allopathic medicine where it is used in emergency rooms to save lives.” – Dr Sircus 

Different forms of magnesium

Magnesium must be bound to another substance in order to be absorbed in the human body. For this reason, you can find a variety of different forms of magnesium supplements.

However, most of the supplements you see on the shelfs have been processed by Pharmaceutical Companies in the same way our food is processed. For this reason, they often contain sugar and other toxic elements.

Magnesium chloride is the most natural form, is cheap and it is well absorbed by the human body. In my experience, the results obtained have been extraordinary.

Magnesium chloride can be administrated mainly in two forms: transdermal therapy and oral administration.

In the first kind of treatment, magnesium is absorbed through the skin.

In the second option, you simply drink magnesium. Yes, it tastes bitter. But if you start to see the amazing results you will never come back.

Check out my store to find out magnesium chloride and a list of the natural supplements that I recommend.

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The following are the “incurable symptoms” where magnesium chloride is most effective:

1. Migraines and headaches

Today we are chronically inflamed. This causes our body to have aches and pain. Magnesium is the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory.

I've witnessed, in my practice, how magnesium has the potential to heal excruciating migraines. People that had lost hope on life and now are free of pain and toxic medicines.

2. Heart Diseases

Today most people have cardiovascular problems. On top of that calcium is one of the most overprescribed supplements. And that's a huge problem. Because calcium hardens concrete. 

Years of clinical experience proved that calcium causes plaques in the arteries and consequently heart attacks.

Magnesium, on the other hand, dissolves the plaques in the arteries.That's why it's so effective when it comes to reverse cardiovascular problems.

3. Mood swings

Anxiety, depression, mood swings can take a toll on your life, your career, and your relationships.

They are the result of depleted levels of serotonin and other vital chemicals in the brain.

Magnesium affects in a positive way neurotransmitters that are linked to both insomnia and depression.

So you feel refreshed and with a new desire to fully live.

4. Bone strength and skin problems

Bones are comprised of at least a dozen minerals and the exclusive focus on calcium supplementation is likely to worsen bone strength. 

So you have thicker bones with less strength, which actually increases your risk of bone fractures.

Magnesium, on the other hand, is required in order for calcium to be absorbed into the body. It is required to build up calcium in the bones that is where calcium is supposed to be, instead of creating plaques in the arteries. This is how your bones become very strong.

Also, if you have annoying and unsightly skin rashes which make your life more difficult and sap your self-confidence, magnesium chloride has the potential to make your skin feel great and make it clearer than ever.

5. Every chronic problem

If there's only one supplement you want to take, then magnesium is the one.

More than 300 chemical reactions in our body need magnesium: that's why if we lack it the body literally shuts down and we slowly develop all kinds of chronic problems included cancer, auto-immune diseases and all sorts of “incurable” diseases.

Health is a choice

There are, actually,no incurable diseases.

This means that we have to focus on the fact that it's possible to reclaim our health if we know what to do and we're willing to do it. And it's always possible.

“Health is a choice” means to give back hope to people that risked to lose it.

Check out my store to find magnesium chloride and a list of the natural supplements that I recommend.

Also, in my FREE e-book “DNA Is Not Your Destiny” I explain just that: I want you to know that you are not victim of your genes. You are the master of your destiny.

So now, it's your choice. Make a decision. Take the challenge. It's all on you.

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This Probiotic Guacamole Is Unlike Any Guacamole You've Ever Had

Recipe from My Longevity Kitchen


You can't go wrong with Mexican cuisine, especially when it comes to the different types of food that you can eat at any time of the day. One particular dish that stands out because of its flavor and simplicity is guacamole, a popular mashed avocado dip. Versatility is also a strong suit of guacamole, since you can add it to your salads or use it as garnish for burritos, tacos or enchiladas.[i]


This Probiotic Guacamole recipe from My Longevity Kitchen is perfect for those who want to refine their current guacamole recipe. What sets this recipe apart from other guacamole recipes, however, is the addition of sauerkraut brine and vegetables that complement the vibrant flavor of the avocado.




1 small garlic clove, minced

1 scallion or ¼ onion, chopped

2 Tbsp. sauerkraut brine

2 Tbsp. sauerkraut vegetables

3 ripe avocados

Handful of fresh cilantro leaves

Himalayan salt, to taste

Optional: ½ fresh jalapeno, diced small

Optional: 1 tsp. fresh lime juice




  1. In a mixing bowl, add your minced garlic and then top with scallions or onions. Pour the sauerkraut brine over the garlic and scallions. This helps take the edge off.
  2. Add the sauerkraut vegetables and/or jalapeno.
  3. Slice the avocados in half, remove the pit and carefully slice a checkerboard into the avocado to make smashing easier. Scoop the avocado out of the skin and into the bowl.
  4. Add the cilantro and start mixing, from the bottom of the bowl, with a fork. It's best to leave some chunks of avocado.
  5. Taste your guacamole to decide if you would like to add lime or salt. It's recommended you add 1/8 tsp. of Himalayan salt and 1 tsp. of lime.


    This Probiotic Guacamole Is Packed to the Brim With Nutrients


    This classic Mexican staple gets a health boost in this Probiotic Guacamole recipe. Some guacamole recipes may be already healthy on their own, especially when organic produce are used, but the tangy and crunchy sauerkraut provides an additional dash of flavor and nutrition to this dip.


    Avocado's Amazing Health Benefits


    When purchasing avocados, choose those that feel heavy, possess dark skins with a green tinge, are taut and do not have any dents.[ii] If you're not using the avocados at once, store them in the refrigerator, where they can stay fresh for up to two weeks. Meanwhile, if you have already scooped out some of the fruit, store it along with the pit in an airtight container in the fridge.


    Avocados have been hailed as a potent and beneficial superfood for many good reasons. Apart from being low in sodium and fructose, there are a bounty of nutrients you can get from these fruits, such as B vitamins, minerals and healthy monounsaturated fats. Avocados have been proven to:


    Possess anti-inflammatory nutrients: these include carotenoids and phytosterols that can benefit your cardiovascular system[iii]

    Assist in maintaining cholesterol levels in the healthy range: one study conducted among healthy individuals showed a 16 percent decrease of serum total cholesterol level after eating a week-long diet loaded in monounsaturated fat from avocados[iv]

    Decrease risk for heart disease: because of its monounsaturated fat content[v]



    Aid in protecting against liver damage: in a Japanese study, rats were fed avocados and 22 other fruits, followed by a dose of D-galactosamine, a liver toxin that disturbs cell synthesis and leads to cell death. The results showed that rats fed with avocados suffered the least amount of liver damage[vi]

    Allow the body to more efficiently absorb fat-soluble nutrients from other food that's eaten along with the fruit: a 2005 study discovered that volunteers were able to absorb three to five times more carotenoids when they added avocados to their salad[vii]

    Boost lipid profiles among healthy individuals and people with non-optimized HDL or total cholesterol levels: research revealed that people with elevated cholesterol levels who ate an avocado slashed their serum total cholesterol levels by 17 percent, recorded a 22 percent decrease of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and increased their HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) levels by 11 percent[viii]



    Eat Fermented Foods, and Your Body Will Thank You


    Sauerkraut, a German dish made from chopped and pickled cabbage[ix] (although you can use other vegetables), is an ingredient that you won't find in other guacamole recipes. This fermented vegetable dish (and the brine that goes with it) puts the “probiotic” in this Probiotic Guacamole recipe.


    Adding fermented food like sauerkraut to your diet is one of the best decisions that you can make for your health. The fermentation process enhances the nutritional content of the food, courtesy of the bacteria and yeast that are present. As a result, you can reap these essentials for good health:


  6. Enzymes
  7. Nutrients such as B vitamins, biotin and folic acid[x]
  8. Short-chain fatty acids
  9. Minerals (fermented food leads to increased bioavailability)


    Plus, fermented food is known to produce vast amounts of beneficial bacteria, making this type of food a potent probiotic that may help with:


  10. Enhancing mental health, mood control and behavior
  11. Boosting your immune system
  12. Providing antioxidant[xi] and detoxifying effects
  13. Lowering risk for type 1 and type 2 diabetes,[xii] Alzheimer's disease and bacterial and pathogenic microorganism infections
  14. Helping with weight loss


See for Yourself What Cilantro Can Do


Coriander, or cilantro as it is commonly known, definitely has its fair share of health benefits. This aromatic herb is abundant in flavonoids, polyphenols and phenolic acids, particularly the anti-inflammatory antioxidants kaempferol and quercetin. The former assists your body in combatting cancer and decreasing risk for chronic diseases like heart disease and stroke,[xiii] while the latter helps in preventing histamine release.


Arthritis patients can also benefit from cilantro, as the herb was proven to aid in lessening pain brought about by the disease. Cilantro is also a known chelator or remover of heavy metals like mercury from your body. There is evidence that eating cilantro in tandem with foods containing heavy metals could lessen the absorption and toxicity of these harmful substances into your body.[xiv]


About the Author


Inspired by the ideas from the “Perfect Health Diet” and the Weston A. Price Foundation, Marisa Moon started her blog My Longevity Kitchen so she can share with other people her whole food and gluten-free recipes that maximize nutrition and minimize toxins. Her blog has been nominated for Paleo Magazine's 2015 Best New Blog Award. All of her recipes are gluten free and compliant with a variety of ancestral diets and real food lifestyles.


Apart from managing her blog, Marisa also teaches nutritional lifestyle workshops and develops recipes for HI-VIBE, an organic superfood juicery, all in Chicago, Illinois.


Sources and References


[i] “What is guacamole?”, Cookthink

[viii] See ref. 4

[xiv] Abascal Kathy and Yarnell Eric. Alternative and Complementary Therapies. October 2012, 18(5): 259-264. doi:10.1089/act.2012.18507.