Vitamin C, the Brain, and Behavior

Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin needed for health.Human beings do not have the ability to make vitamin C in the body like most other mammals are able to, and therefore must obtain the vitamin from dietary sources (Higdon, 2006). Within the human body, vitamin C functions as an essential cofactor in numerous enzymatic reactions such as in the biosynthesis of collagen, carnitine, and catecholamines, in addition to a potent antioxidant. Vitamin C also accumulates in the central nervous system, especially in the neuronsof the brain (Drake, 2011). Research, although primarily among animals studies, demonstrates the importance of vitamin C as a vital antioxidant molecule in the brain, having a potential therapeutic role against neurodegenerative diseases that involve high levels of oxidative stress,such as ischemic stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Huntingdon’s disease(Harrison & May, 2009). In addition, a review of the literature reveals that researchers are exploring not only the deficiency risks but also the therapeutic uses of nutrients, such as vitamin C, in substance abuse treatment.

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Mindfulness in Therapy

Mindfulness meditation is a practice that was developed in the ancient Buddhist tradition and continues to be practiced today.  Itmeditation1 involves obtaining a calm and conscious awareness of one’s body functions and feelings.  Currently, many therapists are incorporating this practice of mindfulness meditation with cognitive behavioral therapy to form a treatment for a variety of mental and physical conditions including substance use disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and pain.  Some of the mindfulness-based therapy techniques currently in use include Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR).  Many books, DVDs, and Internet websites are available for any person interested in learning about this practice.  In addition there are many studies available for review that reveal the many uses and benefits of mindfulness meditation techniques, demonstrating this is evidence-based therapy we can incorporate with confidence for a variety of therapeutic needs.

Additional value in mindfulness meditation is that it is a non-drug treatment.  For those battling drug addictions, drug treatments may not be an option to treat co-occurring PTSD and pain.  Drug dependence theories posit that drug dependence is a disease state, in which physical dependency on the substance eventually leads to the compulsive and repetitive use of the substance despite the negative consequences to the user’s health, mental state, or social life (Shen, Orson, & Kosten, 2012).   This drug dependence is often a result of prescription drugs.  Research has revealed that individuals prescribed opioid drugs, used for the treatment of chronic pain, had a significantly higher rate of misuse than those with a history of drug abuse who were not prescribed opioids (Pohl & Smith, 2012).   This has become a serious problem in the United States with the overuse, abuse, and addiction to opioid medications.  Opioid dependence is considered to be a lifelong, chronic, and relapsing disorder for the individual (Shen, Orson, & Kosten, 2012).  Therefore, in patients who have a history of addiction or other risk factors for developing addiction, opioids should be prescribed with consideration of their tendency.  The need to explore alternatives is obvious.  Mindfulness techniques that address even complex co-occurring disorders such as substance use disorder with PTSD and pain are worthy of exploration.  At dohi Center for Well-being we utilize mindfulness techniques in counseling as well as teach Mindfulness Meditation to the clients we see, and we are very pleased with the results.

References:

Pohl, M., & Smith, L. (2012). Chronic pain and addiction: challenging co-occurring disorders. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs44(2), 119-124. doi:10.1080/02791072.2012.684621

Shen, X., Orson, F., & Kosten, T. (2012). Vaccines against drug abuse. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics91(1), 60-70. doi:10.1038/clpt.2011.281

Workplace Health Program

An effective workplace health program can help in promoting to workers healthy behaviors to avoid disease as well as help those already affected by disease to improve or delay disease progression.  While the evidence demonstrates good workplace health programs are beneficial, some employers choose not to invest in them or to cut funding for programs they have in place because they do not believe they can effectively reduce disease risks for their employees (Goetzel & Ozminkowski, 2008).  To ensure the program is effective it should have five key elements, which include health education; related employee services links; a physical and social environment that accommodates health improvement; health promotion is part of the organization’s culture; and employee screenings that include adequate treatment and follow up (Goetzel & Ozminkowski, 2008).  While the program is geared toward healthy individuals, everyone at the workplace is able to benefit.

Those that benefit from the workplace health programs mainly include individuals that are generally healthy (Goetzel & Ozminkowski, 2008).  An effective program is geared toward providing opportunity to those individuals who are not maintaining good health and who are at risk for acquiring preventable diseases.  These individuals benefit from a health promotion program that includes encouragement of fitness and exercise, eating a healthy diet, managing weight, managing stress, controlling the use of alcohol, and practicing safe sexual behaviors (Goetzel & Ozminkowski, 2008).

Individuals that are at high risk due to lifestyle behaviors will also find benefit in a workplace health promotion program.  These individuals may be smokers, are sedentary, have an unhealthy diet, have unsafe sexual behaviors, consume alcohol, or experience excessive stress (Goetzel & Ozminkowski, 2008).  They may also have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood glucose, or excessive weight.  Individuals with these risk factors benefit from a workplace health promotion program that includes hypertension screening and management programs, support for smoking cessation, and classes for weight loss (Goetzel & Ozminkowski, 2008).

Individuals already affected by ailments such as asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, musculoskeletal related disorders, and depression, can benefit from a program in their workplace (Goetzel & Ozminkowski, 2008).  The goal for these individuals is to improve the condition or to delay the progression of disease, through promotion of better compliance with their treatments, and changes in behaviors that reduce the risk for their disease.

Overall a workplace health promotion program is beneficial to everyone at the workplace.  An effective program can help reduce risk factors for disease in healthy individuals, while helping those change lifestyle behaviors that need to improve their state of health or delay the progression of disease they may already have.  The health programs are offered to individuals at the location they spend much of their time at, the workplace, which helps to improve compliance.  For the employer that invests in them, an effective health program is able to yield acceptable financial returns as well.

 

References

Brannon, L. & Feist, J., (2010).  Health psychology. (7th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Goetzel, R. Z. & Ozminkowski, R. J. (2008). The health and cost benefits of work site health-promotion programs. The Annual Review of Public Health, 29, 303–323, doi: 10.1146/annurev.publhealth.29.020907.090930.

 

RBTI Water Program – handout

LEMON WATER

The breakdown of the Liver is the beginning of illness. When the Liver is flushed and regenerated, its enzymes are sent all over the body and numerous issues begin to disappear, as there is enough anionic (negatively ionic or alkaline) Liver bile to handle the cationic (positively ionic or acid) foods, which are eaten. Anionic juice of fresh Lemon, mixed 4 oz. to 36 oz. of distilled water, is the natural base for the six billion different Liver enzymes needed for every organ and gland in the body.

Fresh lemon juice combined with distilled water is taken each hour for 10 hours throughout the day. Healthy people do not need Lemon water. Most people are put on lemon water one or two days a week and others up to seven days a week. Normally a chronically ill person will go on a one to five day lemon water fast at the start of the program.  The body cannot consume or assimilate more than four (4) ounces of a fluid at a time. If you drink more than that, you are overloading the system.  The liver flushes every thirty (30) minutes. If you drink the water, lemonade, or other juices every half hour, you will time the release of the bile from the liver. When you do this, you get more energy out of the food you are eating and drinking. This causes you to become healthier. (note: only Freshly juiced lemon is used)

Why drink lemon water?

According to Dr. Reams, the liver bile that is produced in our bodies is a hydrochloric acid. This liver bile is anionic, which means that the electron in the outer shell rotates in a clockwise rotation.  All the foods that we eat are cationic, which means that the electron in the outer shell rotates in a counter-clockwise rotation. When you mix these two substances, the anionic and the cationic together, you create friction because the electrons are rotating in opposite directions. This friction creates energy and this energy is what produces your ability to work, function, and live. Without this energy and friction, you will die.  When the liver bile becomes too weak, there is not enough friction from the food you eat, and you do not get the energy out of the food. According to Dr. Reams, when your body is functioning at its peak, the most energy that you can get out of the food is 2% of the energy it contains.  The lemonade is a diluted hydrochloric acid, and it is anionic. It is the only substance in nature that Dr. Reams has ever found that is anionic. When you drink the lemonade in a systematic basis, you create more friction in the body with the cationic foods. When you cause more friction, you are able to pick up more energy from the foods you eat, and that is the purpose of the lemonade.  To get the proper anionic minerals, it is recommended that the widest possible variety of fruits and vegetables be eaten.

Anyone going on a Lemon juice program should follow the advice of a Reams practitioner. Lemon juice is a highly energetic food and if the person is not monitored, it may release toxins too.  Occasionally, people with a highly inflamed stomach or ulcers cannot drink lemon water because of irritation to the inflamed tissue. In certain neurological conditions it can be detrimental, if not monitored properly, and could also be detrimental to someone with very seriously high or low blood sugar.  Thus it is essential to follow the instructions of a practitioner trained in the biological theory of ionization. About one person in a thousand is allergic to lemon juice. A person already on insulin is considered to have serious blood sugar problems. It is all right for them to start slowly, they should not fast without supervision.

DISTILLED WATER

  1. Distilled water is very high-energy water. That means that the water molecules have very little waste product within them to tie up any of their magnetic energy.  Hard water has a high Level of mineral carried inside the water molecule so that there is little available electromagnetic energy left to bond with other things the water comes into contact with. Therefore, hard water is a low-energy water, as well as being considered a dry water.
  2. Distilled water is the perfect water that nature prefers. Rain is water that is distilled without the assistance of man. Fog is distilled water before it is condensed into drops. Glaciers are collections of frozen water that may have accumulated over thousands of years. The water came from nature’s distillation program.
  3. Just keep in mind that the use of distilled water is preferred not because of the lack of mineral so much as because of the higher energy. Distilled water will move through the system and especially the liver better than low energy water. Since the body is 60 to 80 percent water, WATER is the chief catalyst and MEDIUM for all the energy reactions that take place there. Using the higher energy, wetter, distilled water will help assure that all the body’s metabolic environment is at its best hydration.
  4. Yes, a person can drink too much water, though under consumption is usually the rule.
  5. You should be aware that smaller amounts of water, more often is much better, because it allows the liver to make full and efficient use of the total water consumed. Your liver can usually use not more than three or four ounces of water efficiently during any thirty-minute period of time.
  6. It should be pointed out that there are a number of waters available for purchase in the supermarket. Only one of these is best, and that is steam-distilled water. Do not purchase deionized water. Deionized water is not for consumption within the human body.

 

Handout for clients utilizing data from RBTI testing available at:

dohi Center for Well-being
233 West High Street
Gettysburg, PA  17325
717-334-2433

CharlotteTest@dohiwellbeing.com

Why Health Psychology?

Since 2002 I have been in practice as a Traditional Naturopathic Doctor.  I earned my degree from Trinity School of Natural Health who have been providing professional programs of study in Natural Health since 1991.  My education also included business management and dietetics.  Why did I continue my education in Health Psychology?  I have always  felt especially drawn to true mind-body medicine.  Naturopathy somewhat includes the psychological aspects of health but does not delve to the depths I wanted to go in learning the mental/emotional/behavioral, psychological, aspects in why people become physically ill and do not get better. Chronic illness.  Chronic pain.  Chronic blood sugar issues.  Chronic heart issues.  A chronic illness is something an individual is not overcoming.  They may be managing it somewhat but are not truly healing.

My graduate studies in Health Psychology provided me insight and expertise which I utilize to guide my clients through life changing efforts in improving their health and well-being, and taking necessary steps for addressing chronic health concerns.  In Health Psychology we explore the interactions between the body and the mind.  We examine how stress and nutrition influence your physical and psychological health and well-being.  We work to help you work through issues such as eating disorders, substance use disorders, as well as problems you may have in meeting your health improvement goals.  In Health Psychology we also explore alternative medical approaches, which is a perfect compliment to my Naturopathic training, allowing me to help you create harmony and balance in your life.  Why Health Psychology?  The answer is obvious.  Your success is my success.  My extra schooling was worth it 🙂

Charlotte Test