New! – A Healthy Living Newsletter
patients frequently ask my opinion about new health books on the market.
And there's certainly no shortage of experts peddling their advice!
While many of these books are excellent, others are written by people
who don't have a clinical background in the subject. Simply put - they're
The people writing the books either don't regularly use the medicines
they write about or they're presenting theories as if they are facts.
Others can be valuable tools for improving the quality of your life.
Dance of Anger
Harriet Lerner, PhD
you have a relationship with your husband, boss, coworker, friend, child,
sister, father or mother in which you find yourself having the same
argument over and over? You may even find yourself saying the
same phrases and you can predict what he or she will say. Neither
of you ever changes your mind and nothing is ever resolved. Yes,
you say, but what does this have to do with health? Read on.
Two weeks ago, someone handed me this book and said “Please review this
for your newsletter – it’s really helped my fibromyalgia and my friend’s
high blood pressure”.
was not what Harriet Lerner had in mind when she wrote The Dance
of Anger, this book should be a manual for women with chronic and
auto-immune conditions. In these types of conditions,
there is often an emotional component triggered by a situation in which
we feel powerless or unable to effectively communicate. Women
either through conditioning or habit tend to react with anger or tears
of frustration. Nothing is resolved. Harriet Lerner offers an
point that Harriet Lerner resoundedly drives home is that we will not
change the other person, but we can change how we interact with them.
We can break this cycle or dance by learning new steps. Thus,
The Dance of Anger is about communication. It points out
non-effective communication patterns and how to change them to become
effective. This book about your mind - can help your health.
Carbohydrate Addict’s Lifespan Program
Drs. Richard and Rachael Heller
It’s true. Americans love their bagels, white bread,
and pasta. But addicted – isn’t that word just a bit strong for
food preferences? As a naturopathic physician, it is easier for
me to tell someone to cut out red meat, then to ask them to eliminate
pasta and bread from their diet. I generally have to spend time explaining
how these high-carbohydrate foods don’t have many nutrients, adversely
affect our blood sugar and the excess turn up as fat in our hips.
But no longer – here is a book that does the explaining and helps people
The Carbohydrate Addict’s Lifespan Program also cover some important
issues like willpower and anti-nutrients in our foods. Using willpower
to treat any addiction is going to work for only a tiny minority.
Obese people commonly and unfairly blame themselves for this.
Also, the description of anti-nutrients or foods like colas, caffeine,
and simple sugars that reduce vitamins and/or minerals in our bodies
is invaluable! For example, sugar-sweetened colas may cause depression,
poor memory, irritability, insomnia, and difficulty in concentration
because they deplete a B-vitamin called thiamine in our body. These
are the effects of too little thiamine.
My only complaint about this book is how easy it can be for people (including
several of my patients) to misread the dietary suggestions. The
basic plan is to eat 2 low-carbohydrate meals and then an eat-all-the-carbs-you-want
reward meal each day. In that carb meal, you are suppose to mentally
divide your plate into three equal portions of carbohydrates, protein
and vegetables. It’s not to hard to easily envision people loading up
the carbohydrate 1/3 of their plate 2 “ high and the protein and vegetable
portions ½ inch. Salad and vegetables are fibrous foods that fill
you up. Remember it’s 1/3 of your plate, not 1 tablespoon, that
is filled with vegetables. It’s virtually impossible for most
of us to eat 2 full bowls of salad and 2 large portions of vegetables
and meat and still eat 2 large portions of spaghetti. Which is
probably what the Hellers had in mind. Your stomach would surrender
before the second portion of pasta, because it just couldn’t hold any
Do I think the book has merit? Absolutely. The recipes are good.
I loved and would recommend the low carb lunch and dinner meals to everyone
wanting to lose weight. I wasn’t excited about their recipe suggestions
that include eggs virtually every morning for breakfast! And those incredible
desserts that drip with fat. Don’t lose weight only to end up
with a heart bypass. Also, who eats pancakes without some sort
of syrup or topping, as the Hellers recommend in the book?
Do I think it is a sensible long-term diet program? Not really.
Why have such an imbalance diet in which you deprive yourself to part
of the day and gorge the other part? Better to establish a more
balanced dietary lifestyle. Carbohydrates aren’t the bad guys,
but eating them by themselves without protein and fats is one reason
we may gain weight. Remember - Jared, the fast food Subway
guy and a real carbohydrate addict, lost over 200 lbs. eating carbohydrates.
Judith Orloff’s Guide to INTUITIVE HEALING
“How many of you have ever known your health was in danger,
but ignored the signs your body sent?” “Have you ever gone to
see a doctor because you ‘knew’ something was wrong only to be told
after a battery of tests ‘You’re fine’?” These are two of Dr.
Orloff’s many thoughtful questions that gently lead the reader into
the realm of intuition.
It’s the same intuition you use when you size up your daughter’s boyfriend
or when you sense there is a problem before the phone rings. But
imagine being able to fine-tune and amplify that vague feeling a thousand
fold. That’s what Dr. Orloff is trying to do in this book.
Does she accomplish it? Yes and no. The section on healing
the body is wonderfully accurate and helpful. Many people, in
hindsight, do say they saw and ignored the signals their bodies were
sending them before they became seriously ill. The five basic steps
she offers may give many people a tool to avoid serious illness in their
Her sections on relationships, and especially death, seem a bit farfetched
for the average reader. With beautiful candor, Dr. Orloff reveals
her own meditation in which she merges with ‘death’. That’s a
bit “woo woo" for me – so she lost me there. For others it
might hit some chord of truth.
Similarly, the final section of the book on sexuality as almost a mystical
experience might appeal to some. Again, it didn’t work for me.
Dr. Orloff is a gifted intuit. In INTUITIVE HEALING, she opens
her heart and experience to share her techniques in physical, emotional,
and sexual healing. And while the emphasis is definitely New Age,
her profound respect of all religious beliefs is apparent. If you have
an autoimmune condition, a chronic disease, or so much negative stress
in your life that you are concerned about getting sick, the body healing
section is valuable and worth a trip to the library.
Local Lecture: "Parenting your Parents" Tuesday, March 20th
7-9pm. Call 503-692-3192 to register by March 16th. $10.00 donation
Location: Alterra Wynwood of Meridian Park (A Personal Care Residence)
19200 SW 65th Ave. Tualatin,Or.
Tip: Garlic to the rescue. Garlic is unique - not only does
it make you salivate for Italian food, but it fights bacteria, fungi,
and viruses. So, at the first sign of a cold or flu, eat your fresh
garlic. Just don't forget the parsley along with it. Parsley acts as
a natural deodorizer.
Relaxation tip: If you have come home from work and feel
tired, cranky and on the verge of a headache - go soak your feet. Not
only does the warm water relax you, but it draws heat away from your
head and a potential headache. This type of medicine is called hydrotherapy
and has been around for hundreds of years.
NW Wellness offers many bone density tests at reasonable prices. This
one costs $25 and is called the Achilles Express Test. It is done with
the heel of the right foot and they say that the results are on a par
with a full body scan. Their phone number is 360-566-1212 and they are
on the web at www.nwwellness.com.