Oozing the ‘S’ Word!

Are you familiar with the S word?

We all are. We think about it, it’s in our conversations, it practically oozes from some of us.

Stress

Did you know that stress manifests itself in every area of the body and in various ways? For some, it may be worry, resulting in depression and bad moods. For others, it’s hypertension or migraines, skin infections or diabetes, arthritis or cancers, stomach disorders or constipation. Many of these conditions begin in the gut, stress’ throne. In essence, stress is a harbinger of illness and disease. As a naturopath, I hear many complaints of illness; as a colon hydrotherapist, I see evidence of problems in refuse. When we (the client and I) trace the cause, we eventually find the same culprit, sitting with a complacent air and arrogant smile. It is time to unseat him!

“Disease doesn’t come about overnight. Our bodies mold to the kind of lives we live, for better or for worse. Although I have specialized in nutrition, I don’t believe food is the whole story, and experience has shown me that different lifestyles – affect health. You may be looking for a good doctor. I am looking for a good patient!” —-Dr. Bernard Jensen

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make this moment your start toward better health. My mission is to support you.

Your health matters.

Dr. Lesa Lawson
http://www.lesalawson.com

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Defending Health

I did it! I removed myself from the sphere of middle school teaching and devoted myself to that which I have loved for so long – being a naturopath.  Yes – I am jumping in to help those in need.

Being a naturopathic physician is wonderful and rewarding! Guiding clients toward a more natural way of living, hearing the relief in their voices and seeing results are invigorating and humbling all at the same time. Being a naturopath also demands a great measure of responsibility, for I hold myself to the standard that I ought not to encourage my clients to do something that I am not. Let responsibility begin with me.

My area of focus is the digestive system. Much of the stress of our lives is birthed there, resulting in untold maladies. We are busy, so we put off going to the bathroom or we have no bowel movement at all because our system is stressed. We have stomach aches and upper GI pain, reflux diseases and all sorts of illnesses. Is it not time to make our health our priority?

Dr. Lesa Lawson
Your health matters
www.lesalawson.com
lawsonhealth@gmail.com

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Health Tips for Daily Living

  • Healing foods  – all fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, peas, beans and grains ( in their raw state).  Everything else is harmful.
  • Every healing food has a seed. Seedless anything is poisonous (such as seedless grapes)
  • All foods originating from seeds have the following: chlorophyll, enzymes, vitamins, proteins and minerals. All five must be present for growth to take place.
  • Natural foods – the body takes what it needs from these and eliminates the rest.
  • Processed foods –  these are harmful as pexels-photo-103649the body takes out what it can and stores the rest.
  • To evaluate anything for protein – check its rate of growth. Protein makes cells multiply fast. High protein drinks, for example, make all cells (good and bad cells) multiply fast. Greens are the fastest growing protein.
  • Create a seed bank. Let the first crop grow for seeds only. Grow your own foods. Use jars, pots, or your garden, if you have one.
  • Create organic compost (one year for this ).  Dig large holes on your property or use a compost bin. Start filling them with food peelings, chopped trees, leaves, grass.  Never put citrus in your compost.  Use the compost to grow and fertilize your seeds and plants.
  • Soy is cancer producing. There is some good soy but it is not as readily available or common.
  • Food that is cooked gets neutralized. The molecular structure is adjusted at 105 – 120 degrees.
  • Get most nutrition from raw foods. Fix raw foods so they taste better than cooked foods.
  • Use natural, local products. Buy from the farmers’ market or farms, more so at the farm, as you can have an idea of what’s going on there.
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Remedies for Overeating and Food Blues

Ah, the season for food, food, and yes, food. Given all the different recipes and menu  contributions from family and friends, it’s not surprising that some develop headaches, stomach aches, or something even more unpleasant. What to do? Check out the remedies and tips. Can’t get it on ISSUE? Click on the PDF link: Newsletter 12-2017

 

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Isn’t Fat Bad for Me?

Isn’t fat bad for me?

Dietary fat: is it good or bad?  Both. You see, not all fats are created equal.

The Skinny on Fats

Some fats are downright dangerous. There are processed, hydrogenated “trans” fats, used in prepared, packaged foods; these can be tremendously harmful to the body. They harm the cardiovascular system, immune system, and contribute to behavior problems. They also lead to weight gain, skin breakouts, high blood pressure, and liver stress.

We really do need fat in our diet for many important reasons. Fat aids insulation, vitamin and mineral absorption, and it also protects our organs. Fats that are highly nutritious and of good quality will support the body’s  metabolism, keep hormone levels steady, nourish the skin, hair, and nails, and provide lubrication to keep the body functioning fluidly.

Sources of Healthy Fats

  • Avocados, olives, coconuts, wild salmon, and omega-3 rich organic eggs.
  • Whole nuts and seeds, and their butters like almond butter or tahini.
  • Look for the highest quality organic oils when shopping. Words to look for: organic, first-pressed, cold-pressed, extra-virgin, and unrefined. Avoid expeller-pressed, refined, and solvent extracted.

How to Use Healthy Fats When Cooking

  • For cooking at high temperatures (stir frying and baking), try butter, ghee (clarified butter), or coconut oil.
  • When sautéing foods, try organic extra virgin olive oil.
  • Oils like those from flaxseed, sesame, toasted sesame, walnut, and pumpkin seed are best used unheated and in sauces or dressings.

Try this delicious, easy recipe for a great source of healthy fat:

Avocado Dip
Prep time: 3 minutes
makes 1 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1 large peeled and pitted avocado
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt, goat yogurt, coconut yogurt, or almond yogurt
    1 diced tomato
    a squirt of lemon or lime juice
    a dash or two of cayenne pepper
    sea salt and black pepper (optional)

Directions:

  • Mash avocado with a fork until very smooth.
  • Add yogurt, tomato, and cayenne. Blend until smooth. This may be done in a food processor, in a blender, or with a fork.
  • Add sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste.
  • Serve chilled with mixed raw vegetables.

Tip: Tastes better if made one hour before serving.

Become More Healthy!

I will help you shift your focus to develop lifelong healthy habits and help your body heal. Together, we will develop a deep understanding of your bio-individual needs and  work to create lasting changes to your health, energy, and well-being.

 

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Things We Use That Harm Us

Once upon a time, there was a face soap for women called Dr. Campbell’s Safe Arsenic Soap. It was touted for giving a lovely complexion. Of course, when the women fell dead after using it for a time, death did tend to erase all previous facial problems. We would be quick to say, ‘how horrifying;’ however, we use others that are just as deadly.

Let us look at some harmful products, by category, for which we need to find substitutes:

Men, Women, and Children

Face and body washes; shampoos and conditioners – avoid sodium lauryl sulfate which causes these products to foam or form suds. Avoid parabens, also. Look for shampoos, toothpastes and other personal care products marked “SLS free.”

Use shampoos made with essential oils. You can also wash your hair with baking soda.

Toothpaste – avoid fluoride. Use fluoride-free toothpaste or brush with baking soda and diluted food-grade hydrogen peroxide (not the ones in the pharmacy and supermarket).

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Unseen

Stressing, sweating, spinning

This is my foe

The one I’ve been waiting my whole life to fight

Or is it the one I’ve been fighting my whole life?

And waiting…

Waiting for the bell, the permission to step back and breathe

To regroup, to recount my losses and recover them

To have the crowd take its eyes from me for a moment

as I use the water to hide my tears

While waiting…

Unseen, unheard, unknown

This is my foe

The one that I must conquer

Over whom victory is a bell away

Just waiting…

This is my foe

Who looks at me

Inside me

Through me

My foe is without

or is it within?

And waiting…

Spinning, showing me

That my foe is me

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My Sweet Crush, pt 5 – Know Thine Enemy

Read My Sweet Crush, pt. 4 – Above Temptation

When did it happen? How did it happen so quickly? The giggly high of new love, the sighs and lows, the curiosity lending itself to exploring uncharted territory. Yep, the signs were all there. I was a loving Carbs, one processed grain at a time. Oh, I tried to act cool but carbs was cooler, reeling me in like the proverbial donkey with the carrot on a string. In my case, though, it was a chip on a string – but I digress. What was worse was that I was willing to be led.

Let’s face it – this was nothing like my disastrous horror show with Sugar, I told myself. Sugar had thought only of its sweet self, never taking my feelings into account. I became horribly ill while with Sugar. This was so different. Carbohydrate was so attentive and I never lacked for anything. Sure I had highs and lows but that’s typical of new love with emotions running high – right? That little knee pain that I was beginning to feel was just because we had been spending so much time together and I had been neglecting myself. Sure, I felt a bit befuddled but they always say that new love makes you giddy. The racing pulse, headaches and yeast overgrowth that produced ringworm and rashes – I assured myself that they were from personal neglect. How right was I?

One day, while waiting for Carbs’ first delivery of the day (we had a routine, by then), I was struck by the fact that I was drumming my fingers and tapping things, very much the way that I did when Sugar was in my life. Disgusted by the memory and determined to vanquish the ghost once and for all, I pulled a napkin towards me and began to list the differences between my new beau and my ex, fully expecting that sweet devil to come up sadly lacking.

Twenty-five minutes and several napkins later, I was flummoxed, floored, flabbergasted, even! The two were close cousins! They were too alike for it to be coincidental. They had to be very closely related. Ah but they weren’t cousins – no; they were brothers.

I was stunned! No wonder I had felt so comfortable with this comforting cretin; the playbook was the same as the sly sweet-talker’s! I had been duped.

Did I cause a scene? No. The fault was mine. I had not taken the time to know Carbs before bringing my heart into play. I knew that I would not beg or plead because going back to who I was with Sugar was out of the question. Did I cry? No but I did, as they say, get Carbs “real good.” I exposed that callous conniver to the public and threw the sweet sloth in, for good measure. No more will they lead anyone astray and tag-team to wreak havoc. No more!

I’ve done my part. What will you do?

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