Monthly Archive: March 2012

Poplar (Populus species)

Lore: The Greeks thought that this tree came from the Heliades, the grief-stricken sisters of Phaethon, who saw their brother fall from the sky as he drove the sun’s chariot. The sisters were turned into poplar trees, and their tears fell in a stream that became amber.

Claims to fame: Money doesn’t grow on trees, but antibiotics do. The tiny buds from the poplar tree have a natural antibacterial agent that can help heal and disinfect cuts, hemorrhoids, frostbite, and sunburn.

How to use: Poplar buds can be made into a cream or a salve.

Cautions: If you are allergic to aspirin, avoid this herb. (p.97).

Dollemore, D. 1998. Natural Healing Remedies. Emmaus, P.A.: Rodale Press, Inc.

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Keeping a Food Journal

“The food journal helps you remember the details of each day. It provides a baseline for you at the beginning of your program. It gives you a picture of “before”. As you continue the program, you will enjoy being able to look back at your journal and see how far you have come. Your food journal will also teach you to read your own body. Your body doesn’t have a computer printout to tell you directly what is going on with it, but it gives you clues and symptoms that hint at the bigger picture. These clues may not be in words, but your body talks in a consistent and predictable way. You just have to learn its language.” (p.82)

DesMaisons, K. 1998. Potatoes Not Prozac. New York, N.Y.: Simon and Schuster.

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Healthy Living Tips

by Sue Ridgeway
Living a healthy life isn’t always easy. We are constantly bombarded with decadent temptations and conflicting advice in the news. What’s a well-meaning, health-conscious individual to do? If we’ve learned anything here at Diet-to-Go it’s that healthy living is not an all or nothing proposition. Healthy living is about making smart decisions more often than not and incorporating small changes into our lives to make a big difference in the long run. So besides eating healthy what are some healthy living tips we should incorporate into our lives?

Healthy Living Tip #1: Don’t Smoke

Smoking affects every part of your body; from increasing your risk of coronary heart disease and a whole host of cancers to decreased circulation and infertility problems. Smoking is your health’s worst enemy. If you don’t already smoke, don’t start! And if you do smoke, quit! Quitting smoking will be the single biggest change you can make to live a healthier life.

Healthy Living Tip #2: Move More

Moving our bodies every day is critical to living a healthy life. And we’re not talking about hitting the gym for an intense 3-hour high impact workout. Getting even just thirty minutes a day can make a huge difference in your overall health and well being. It doesn’t have to be done all at once, or even be that intense. Walking is a great exercise that can be done almost everywhere and is something almost everyone can start to do today.

Healthy Living Tip #3: Sleep Enough

Sleep is our body’s way of rejuvenating itself. When we sleep our bodies are repairing and rebuilding muscles and bones and regulating our hormones. It allows our body to naturally detox and prepare for the next day. When we don’t sleep we are putting our health at major risk. Getting the sleep you need each night will allow you to live a much healthier (and happier) life.

Healthy Living Tip #4:
Practice Good Oral Hygiene

The health of our mouths is very closely related to our overall health. Gum disease has been linked with everything from heart disease to pneumonia to breast cancer. Recent research has even indicated there might be a link to being overweight and having gum disease. Whether one leads to the other is not determined but a definite link has been shown. The bottom line is, if you don’t take care of your mouth, your whole body pays the price.

Healthy Living Tip #5: Wash Hands

Want a simple yet effective way to prevent disease and live a healthier life? Wash your hands. It’s a simple thing to do but yet many of us don’t; and many more don’t do it correctly. By incorporating this healthy habit into our lives we can make a tremendous impact on not only our health but also the health of those around us as 80% of all infectious diseases are transmitted by touch.

Healthy Living Tips at a Glance:

In a world of constantly changing health edicts, living a healthy life isn’t always easy. But there are a few steadfast habits that we all can and should incorporate into our daily lives to live a healthier (and perhaps longer) life:
  • Don’t Smoke
  • Move More
  • Sleep Enough
  • Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
  • Wash Hands Properly
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Apples and Onions

“Onions and garlic contain powerful phytonutrients. Onions contain the flavonoid quercetin, which has anti-inflammatory properties, antiviral activity, and anti-cancer properties. Quercetin is often recommended by nutritionists to treat both allergies and asthma. Apples, red wine, and black tea also contain quercetin. In fact, quercetin is the reason why many people say, An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Onions and garlic also contain organic sulfur compounds, which can be used for detoxification by the liver.” (p.211).

Colbert, D. 2007. The Seven Pillars of Health. Lake Mary, F.L.: Siloam.

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The World Within Us: Microbes That Help and Harm

(October 27, 2009) Julie Theriot, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford, discusses the different types of microorganisms present in the human body and their functions, the distinction between disease-causing and benign or helpful microorganisms, and the interactions between human cells and both harmful and helpful microorganisms.

Stanford Mini Med School is a series arranged and directed by Stanford’s School of Medicine, and presented by the Stanford Continuing Studies program.

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