Ready, Set, Cook!
Written by: Arielle Laguerre Pierre
Most of us know what we’re not supposed to eat, but how many of us can cook a healthy meal on a busy schedule without making it taste like cardboard? At the Better Living Clinic, all our classes are designed to be easy, delicious and healthy. We hope you are ready for a jam-packed hour of cooking fun! Vegetarian cooking classes begin May 22nd at 4pm located in the clinic and will continue on the 4th Sunday of every month.
The cooking classes will be led by Carmeline Pierre, a passionate home cook and avid advocate of better living.
With over 30 years of healthy cooking and nutrition experience, Carmeline’s cuisine is loved and highly respected by many.
During the class, Carmeline will show you recipes, teach you simple steps toward a healthier life, and even let you taste the recipes! These all-vegetarian recipes can help one to lose weight, lower blood pressure, control diabetes and impress your family and friends with delicious flavors. You’ll be amazed by how easy, delicious and healthy these recipes are.
The introductory rate is only $15! Also, mention this blog post on May 22nd for an extra special treat!
For more information or to request private classes or special presentations please visit the website at healthblc.com or call (305) 758-1522. We look forward to cooking with you!
Deadline to sign up is May 19 for the May 22nd class. We hope to see you this Sunday!
Written by : Dr. Sandra Pascal
I will never forget sitting in class listening to a professor explain how family history is one of the major influences on disease incidence and prevalence in an individual. I felt like I was doomed. My mind reviewed the medical ailments that family members had: hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, strokes. The list went on. I troubled my mind by wondering, “What am I going to get in the next twenty or so years? What am I going to acquire and eventually die from? Will I be on insulin one day? Will my blood pressure go through the roof?” I felt as if my medical fate was set in stone and I would have to accept the fact that my future health was only determined by my genetic make-up.
Eventually, I learned that, albeit, my family history plays a major role in my overall health, it is not necessary written in stone that I will get the same diseases that other members may have had. I learned that I was at a higher risk for certain disease; however, I could decrease the chances of developing these lifestyle illnesses by taking preventative measures.
It was during a psychiatric rotation, believe it or not, when I learned about the wonderful laws of health that God provided for us. A psychiatrist working at the facility I rotated at, shared with me the benefits of healthy nutrition, exercise, drinking plenty of water, getting a nice dose of vitamin D via sunshine, temperance especially with alcohol and tobacco, getting plenty of fresh air, eight hours of sleep, and trusting God. I did my first stint of becoming a vegetarian, as a result of what he shared with me.
I can go on and on about the benefits of choosing to adopt a healthy lifestyle and the changes that occurred in my health and overall well-being. It never ceases to amaze me how the medical journals seem to now be catching up with what God originally designated as being the best way to prevent, treat and reverse lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, to name a few.
It’s a new year. Many of us have made resolutions and some of us have already broken them. But it is not too late to get a NEWSTART on this year. Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunshine, Temperance, Air, Rest and Trusting in God. Let these eight tools be your guide to a healthy new you!
Dr. Sandra Pascal
We’ve been hearing more and more about dangerous chemicals lurking in our beauty products. Mercury in our mascara? Yikes! Lead in our lip-gloss? Get out of town! We’ve all heard the saying, “beauty is pain”. Well, how much pain are you willing to put your body through for “beauty’s” sake? The United States cosmetic industry is the largest in the world with over $50 billion dollars in revenue. Employing over 50,000 people, the United States has the second largest beauty industry-including nail salons. Americans, everywhere, clearly spend much money on keeping themselves clean and pretty. Statistics show that the over 70% of the revenue comes from women consumers.
To many, this is not surprising. But what may be surprising is that the same percentage of women are suffering What’s in our beauty products? When it comes to beauty or cosmetics, the effects of the ingredients contained can be more than just skin deep. The cosmetic industry uses hundreds and thousands of synthetic chemicals in everything from lipstick and lotion to shampoo and deodorant. Many of these products are also used in the industrial world as cleaning and sterilizing agents. For example, the same ingredients used to sterilize surgical instruments- Ethylene Oxide- is a contaminant in many shampoos and body washes. Do you get your nails done at a salon? Have you ever purchased nail polish? Or gotten acrylic or gel manicure/pedicure? Then you have run into phthalates. This is one group of chemicals that we should stay away from. These chemicals disrupt the endocrine system- a system in the human body in charge of producing and regulating hormones, metabolism, growth and development, tissue function and much more. Overtime, phthalates can cause cell and tissue damage, which is associated with breast cancer. Yikes! Many women have more than one lipstick in their beauty bag.
You might have a lipstick color for from a variety of diseases that may very well be attributed by the use of unsafe and chemically saturated cosmetic and beauty products. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has major loopholes in the federal law that allow the cosmetic industry to put thousands of chemicals into personal care products, even if those chemicals are linked to cancer, infertility or even birth defects. These untested chemicals continue to be sold, sometimes at ridiculous prices, and are consequently introduced into our environment. And we wonder why people are getting sicker and sicker?
Maybe you have a lipstick color for every mood, or if you’re like me, you might have one, all-time favorite lipstick from MAC. However, lipstick contains high amounts of dangerous metals, a major one being lead. Lead has been found in over 650 cosmetic products, including lipstick. Lead is a proven neurotoxin, linked to learning and behavioral disabilities. It has also been linked to miscarriages and reduced fertility in men and women. Not cool! Parabens, now these groups of chemicals are very sneaky and dangerous. They are in thousands of products. They are widely used as an anti-fungal agent, preservative and antimicrobial in creams, lotions, ointments, and almost all scented products. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. It doesn’t stop there! According to the Journal of Epidemiology (2012), African American women are at high risk of fibroids and cognitive disorders due to the use of hair products, such as relaxers, gels, skin creams...etc. “The chemicals found in common African- American hair products are known as estrogen and endocrine-disrupting chemicals or EDCs,” says. Although comprehensive research is ongoing, many of these chemicals are believed to be linked to reproductive effects and birth defects, breast cancer, heart disease, cognitive disorders, premature puberty and altered immune function, to name a few (Dr. Mary Beth Terry, an epidemiologist from Columbia University)
It’s time to make a change. From hormonal contamination to tumors; behavioral problems to reduced fertility, the potential costs to our health are staggering. The skin is our largest organ, it absorbs everything.
There are great options. There is a significant benefit to using natural sourced ingredients-like essential oils. All natural products are becoming more and more available on the market.There are also plenty of recipes online on how to make your own beauty products with simple, affordable ingredients. We must take care of our bodies both inside and out to prevent illness and disease. I believe that God invites us to treat our bodies as His temple (1 Corinthians 6:19,20) and allow our beauty come from the heart. Try making simple changes today-your body will thank you. Lets not bow to the beast that beauty has become. Remember, you are beautiful and your body is a precious gift. Let your true beauty shine!
by Arielle Pierre October 2015
When an airline jet crashes, and two-hundred people perish, it makes world headlines. But in the United States alone, an equivalent to more than ten jumbo jets of people die each day from heart disease. That’s an astounding 2,500 people every day. Why is it that we hear so little about the millions dying of heart disease? Sadly, it’s because most people have come to accept heart attacks as a “normal” part of life! For many people with cardiovascular or heart disease, death comes as unexpectedly and suddenly as in an airplane crash.
The World Health Organization stated that worldwide “about twelve million people die every year of cardiovascular problems, but up to half of them could be saved if better prevention programs were in effect.” While “better” prevention programs could cut fatal heart disease by about 50 percent, some research suggests that with optimum prevention, we could reduce heart disease related deaths by as much as 90 percent. Simply put, nine out of ten heart attacks may be preventable! How? With natural prevention. But before we get to the remedies, the first step to conquering heart disease is to understand the causes.
Heart disease usually develops silently over many years. Vital arteries that supply the heart with oxygen become narrowed and hardened. Think of an old, rusty water pipe. Eventually the arties become plugged up. While it is very common, this disease process is not normal. In fact, the vast majority of people living in societies where people have a simpler diet and lifestyle, suffer very little heart disease. Significant cholesterol plaque already occurs in 1 out of 6 American teens. By the age of 40, 70 percent have narrowed hardened arteries. By this time it is not unusual for arteries to be halfway plugged. Even at this stage, most people will feel normal and do not have any symptoms of cardiovascular problems. A person may feel great and yet be on the verge of a major heart attack. In a heart attack, a complete blockage of one of the coronary arteries occurs and the heart muscle actually dies. The main symptom is chest pain, frequently described as a heavy feeling of pressure in the chest. If the person survives, they are left with scar tissue in that area, instead of muscle. Two out of three times this will result in a permanent disability.
The more risk factors a person has, the greater their likelihood of suffering a heart attack. Let’s look at the “big three” risk factors for heart disease.
The Big Three
About 30 percent of cardiovascular deaths are due to smoking. The good news is that those who stop smoking can reduce their risk by up to 75 percent within just 5 years.
And what about high blood pressure? Even small increases in the blood pressure will significantly increase one’s risk of heart disease. By simply reducing your blood pressure by 10 points, you reduce your risk by 30 percent. In many cases, an elevated blood pressure can be corrected with simple lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise.
Overall, high cholesterol is the number one contributor to heart disease. The higher one’s cholesterol, the more rapidly the clogging of arteries.
In a serious effort to reduce heart disease in Finland, about 30,000 men and women were convinced to make lifestyle changes: they stopped smoking, lowered blood pressure and decreased their cholesterol intake. The result? The men reduced their deaths from heart disease by more than half and the women did even better, reducing their risk by nearly 70 percent!
Natural Prevention for Heart Health
So how can we improve our cardiovascular system and ensure heart health? Here are some natural and extremely helpful prevention methods.
First, we should increase the plant-based foods and reduce or eliminate the animal products in our diet. This helps reduce our cholesterol levels significantly. (Side note: Cholesterol is only found in animal products, such as meat, milk, cheese, and eggs.). All plant foods (fruits, grains, vegetables, and nuts) are 100% cholesterol-free!
Plant-based foods are also rich in fiber, phytochemicals, vitamins, and antioxidants that work together to help protect us from high blood pressure, obesity, and other risk factors for heart disease.
What else can we do? Strive to achieve your ideal weight. We have known for many years that being overweight is a risk factor for the cardiovascular system. In fact, it increases one’s risk by 3 to 5 times.
Also, exercise regularly. Research and studies show that those who are physically active have only half the risk of heart and cardiovascular issues as compared to relatively inactive people. Exercise can include walking, biking, gardening or a variety of enjoyable activities.
Now, what about genetics? Maybe you have given up trying to change your lifestyle because heart issues “run in the family”. One may inherit a genetic tendency toward cardiovascular disease, however it is time we stop blaming our heredity or our culture. The evidence is clear. Heart disease does not need to be a killer. As a doctor once said, “faulty genetics may load the gun, but it’s our lifestyle that pulls the trigger.”
Improving our lifestyle, what we do and the way we eat or exercise, will give us significant protection from heart disease. Our personal health ultimately determines whether we choose to become chained to bad habits and sickness or to use our God-given freedom to live healthfully!
Jesus himself said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 NKJV). By practicing these simple methods, we too can have life more abundantly!
1 World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in the Division of Cardiology at The Ottawa Hospital - General Site of the University of Ottawa—Cardiovascular Disease Infobase, http://cvdinfobase.ca
2 Gyarfas I. Chief of the World Health Organization Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program: World Health Day, Apr. 1992. (Source: Proof Positive)
3 1999 statistics reported in The Journal of Health & Healing, vol. 22, No. 3, p. 15
4 American Heart Association. Heart and Stroke Fact: 2012 Statistical Supplement. p. 1
5 Vartiainen E, Puska P, et al. Changes in risk factors explain changes in mortality from ischaemic heart disease in Finland. BMJ 1994 Jul 2;309(6946):23-27. Quoted in Proof Positive, p. 60.
6 US. Preventive Services Task Force. Counseling to Prevent tobacco Use. In: Guide to Clinical Preventive Services – 2nd edition. Baltimore,MD: Williams and Wilkins, 1996 p. 597-609
7 The Harvard Health letter, 2013.
8 From the World Health Organization data analyzed from 1970-1980.
10 Hans Diehl, Lifestyle capsules, p.39 and 64. http://www.heartstats.org/uploads/documents/EStext.pdf
Heart Disease can have a devastating toll on the human body. We each find various ways to avoid disease because its effects can change the quality of our lives. Although many natural and preventative medicine methods help to avoid disease, this entry will focus on defining heart disease and identifying one of the major factors that lead to heart disease...diet. Our next blog entry will give you naturally based solutions to avoid the effects of heart disease.
Heart disease is prevalent in developed countries like Canada and the United States. When it takes over, the individual is lethargic and increasingly inactive. The conditions for a heart attack are favorable due to decrease sources of oxygen to the brain. The arterial walls are also compromised. Plaque forms along the walls causing damage to various organs. Observe the testimony from Dr. Michael Klaper and a patient that was treated for heart disease. Notice how what he ate plays a major role that eventually lands him on the operating table. The images are graphic.
Our next blog will focus on how to prevent and treat heart disease using natural methods. Continue to check our website www.Healthblc.com for future publications, events, and promotions.