It’s been a busy summer, and I am settling into the fact that it’s now autumn; although, thankfully, with temperatures still in the 90s here in Austin it doesn’t yet feel that way.
As much as I do my best to always be positive and optimistic, still a wave of disappointment sweeps over me at this time of year, knowing that I’ll soon need to give up my shorts and tank tops for warmer clothing and that all my swimming will need to be in an indoor pool within a short while.
So I started looking at the bright side – at all the things I have to be grateful for and things to look forward to as autumn progresses and winter approaches:
My college freshman son will be with us at grandma’s for Thanksgiving. I miss him a lot. He’s been away at college for 7 weeks now!!!
My college freshman son will be home for 6 weeks in December.
We’re putting on a big LIVE event in March, and it’s going to be so much fun to meet many of you from around the globe (we’ll start sharing details on this in October).
Spring happens right after winter, then summer again!
There’s more, but I think you get the point…
Neither I nor you can change what’s happening around us. I can’t make the seasons stop changing nor create perpetual summer. You can’t change your boss or the way he manages. Your mother is unlikely to chage and stop nagging you if she’s been doing that for 50 years, and we certainly have no control over the toxins in our food, air, or water.
But dwelling on the stressors we can’t change is making us sick.
An Interview that Wasn’t Easy for Me to Hear
PLEASE LISTEN to my interviews with Dr. Thomas Lodi, an integrative oncologist from Arizona.
I learned so many things from him – and they weren’t necessarily easy for me to hear.
Like I know my sleep habits are not good for me, but he made it really clear how much risk I am taking when I stay up until 4 a.m.
In fact, he suggests going to bed at 9 or 10 p.m. and getting up at 3 or 4 a.m. …and he presents compelling reasons for doing so.
Please read the article in today’s newsletter and then listen to my interview series with Dr. Lodi. The free recordings are archived on the Vibrant Health Solutions Radio website.
In this article, I would like to share a summary of the points that most impacted me.
Cancer is Not an Enemy
Cancer is not an enemy to be annihilated. It’s your body’s attempt to wall off toxins, to protect you, and to restore homeostasis. If you approach it from the standpoint of just getting rid of it, without solving the underlying problem that caused it in the first place, it will come back.
In fact, Dr. Lodi believes that no matter how good all the medical tests look after treatment, the cancer is unlikely to be gone.
Once a cancer is detectable, it’s a cluster of a billion cells… a billion.
It takes about 8 years to progress from a single cancer cell, which we all produce many of daily, to a detectible mass.
By then, there are many other sites of the cancer, but they are still not detectible because they have not yet reached 1 billion cells.
The approach of getting rid of the detectible tumor (i.e. radiation and surgery followed by chemotherapy) doesn’t do the trick.
Cancer *is* in Your Body — Your Only Choice is to Stop Making More.
Whether you have been diagnosed with cancer or not, you still most likely have cancer cells growing in your body.
None of us is perfect. We live in a world that’s filled with toxins from air, water, and our food.
Plus, you generate toxins internally — all day every day. Metabolic wastes from cellular function; poop from wastes in food; and toxins created by stress, anger, and negative thoughts and emotions all contribute to the toxic soup your cells are bathed in daily.
In order to keep yourself from being diagnosed with cancer, you need to do things to stop making cancer.
You need to have practices in place that don’t allow the stray cancer cells that you produce daily to progress to being detectible.
Dr. Lodi talks about food and eating habits in part 2 of our interview together.
He talks about the importance of having your digestive tract empty for long periods each day so that your immune system can divert its attention away from digestion and towards protecting you. This is partly accomplished by allowing at least 3 hours, preferably 5, between your last meal and bed time, going to bed with a fairly empty colon, and sleeping for at least 8 hours.
Listen to part 2 to learn more about cancer and your diet:
While what Dr. Lodi recommends as a cancer protective lifestyle is not easy, it’s a lot easier than finding yourself in the doctor’s office and getting the news that you have cancer. It’s a lot easier than chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.
Countless numbers of people suffer through “treatment” daily because they chose the “easy” path of readily available processed food, high stress, insufficient sleep, and “dealing” with constipation and digestive woes by popping a pill.
You get to make choices every day – about what you eat, how you think, what you say, and how you care for your body.
Dr. Lodi also recommends reading for 30 minutes a day about health – not disease – health. Learn how miraculous your body is if only you care for it!
Listen to part 3 of the interview with Dr. Lodi and choose one healing habit to get started on:
Once you master your first step, move to the next and the next.
Dealing with Diagnosis
Of course, if you’ve already been diagnosed with cancer, I suggest you move quickly and get all of his recommendations in place right away. Consult with him or find an integrative oncologist who can do therapies like IV vitamin C, ozone, sodium selenite, and possibly insulin potentiated chemotherapy ALONG WITH the diet and lifestyle that promotes cancer-free state.
Dr. Ritamarie’s Living Foods Potluck and Information Night Saturday, September 29th, 2012
Once a month, you can join us LIVE in Austin, Texas for a local raw food potluck where you can:
Meet like-minded people and make new friends.
Learn new and exciting recipes.
Gather valuable health and nutrition information.
Feel supported on your health quest.
Click HERE to learn more about the event and find out all the details on what to bring and what to expect.
(last Saturday of every month unless noted otherwise):
Saturday, September 29th, 6:30 p.m. central
Saturday, October 27th, 6:30 p.m. central
Saturday, November 17th, 6:30 p.m. central
Saturday, December 15th, 6:30 p.m.
What our attendees have to say about recent potlucks:
“I had a great time meeting new people and gained new knowledge and wisdom regarding blood sugars and the importance of a clean, whole food diet. The food tasted amazing and the display of all the dishes looked wonderful. Thank you to Dr. Ritamarie, her husband and all of the people who contributed to make this connection possible. What a great experience.” — Bridget
“Incredible! The food was awesome. You won’t leave hungry. Lots of very interesting people. Ritamarie was a wonderful host. She shared some extremely helpful information on health restoration. I wish now I had brought three more people to hear this information. She was so gracious, answering questions and sharing her knowledge with wit and compassion.” — Yvetta Myers
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating — having a serious impact on daily life.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress but left unmanaged, it can cause serious issues in your life.
Anxiety disorders affect about 40 million American adults age 18 years and older (about 18%) in a given year, causing them to be filled with fearfulness and uncertainty.
Join Dr. Ritamarie and learn techniques and HeartMath skills you can use to calm your anxiety naturally before it gets out of hand.
For the first ten years of his medical career, Dr. Thomas Lodi worked in conventional settings as an internal medicine specialist, urgent care physician, and as an intensivist in ICU and CCU departments of various hospitals.
Dr. Lodi continued his search for more effective and less toxic therapies by training around the world from Japan to Europe to Mexico and all around the US. Although he occasionally sees patients with a variety of medical conditions, Dr. Lodi, has narrowed his scope of practice through specific training and extensive experience over the past 12 years to Integrative Oncology (caring for people with cancer) through his treatment center, An Oasis of Healing.
Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, MS, DC, CCN, DACBN, has been an integrative health care practitioner for over two decades, empowering her patients and students to overcome health challenges and lead a joyful and healthy life.
She’s a Doctor of Chiropractic with Certifications in Acupuncture, Clinical Nutrition, HeartMath® and Herbal Medicine as well as a certified raw and living foods instructor, chef, and coach.
She’s the author and co-author of several gluten-free vegan and raw foods recipe books including: Power Breakfast Ideas, Deliciously Quick Lunch and Dinner, Healthy Halloween Treats, Dessert: Making it Rich Without Oil and Dried and Gone to Heaven. She’s also the creator of many successful online courses designed to restore people to the health, energy, and vitality they need to live full and vibrant lives.
September Special for Dr. Ritamarie Subscribers! Dessert: Making it Rich Without Oil e-Book Special (25% off) Ends September 30th
Would You Like to Indulge in Decadently Delicious Desserts Without Feeling Heavy and Tired from the High Fat, High Sugar Processed Ingredients Used in Preparing Them?
You’re not alone in your love of desserts. Everyone we know loves desserts, just like you. You love how they taste as the flavors burst in a symphony of joy on your tongue and how delightful you feel as your spirits lift from the emotional comfort.
Unfortunately, the feeling of delight you get from indulging in your favorite dessert is usually quickly replaced by the feeling of being tired, bloated, and having intense food cravings.
The good news is that you can make delicious desserts without all the refined ingredients that compromise your health. Once you know how, it’s not hard to do.
Here’s a Sampling of the Sweet Treats You’ll Learn To Make:
In this 120-page e-book, with beautiful photos of desserts that will tempt your eye as well as your taste buds, you can make elegant, delicious, and fun desserts made entirely from whole, unprocessed foods. Our desserts are easy to make, contain no oil, and are sweetened with whole foods, like fresh and dried fruits.
“Oatmeal” Raisin Cookie Bars
Rocky Road Brownies
Blueberry Lemon “Poppyseed” Tart
“Key Lime” Pie
Strawberry Banana Coconut Cream Pie
German Carob Cake
Banana “Ice Cream” With Strawberry Coulis
Blueberry Muffins, Scones Or Bread
and soooo many more!
Finally – An Entire e-Book of Desserts That Taste Great and are GOOD FOR YOU!
Our most popular program, the Green Smoothie Cleanse, is being revitalized and moved to our new Vibrant Living website. REGISTER NOW for updates and be the first to participate in our most exciting group cleanse yet!
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Harness the magic of blended greens to skyrocket your strength, energy, and vitality. This free e-book is loaded with nutrition charts, tips, and recipes to empower you to easily and deliciously incorporate blended greens into your daily diet.
Through adding more blended greens to your diet, you can achieve your ideal body weight; increase your strength and stamina; and experience vibrant health.
Dr. Ritamarie’s VITAL Community offers Vibrant Ideas and Tools for Awesome Living!VITAL is a community offering monthly features for those who want the networking support of like-minded people, are looking for chef-approved ways to “liven” up meals, appreciate cutting-edge science on natural health topics, and who enjoy the fulfilling benefits of Awesome Living! Learn more here…
The B4 Be Gone System
Belly fat is not only a complaint in terms of appearance, it can be a warning sign that your body needs help. Excess belly fat, brain fog, and burnout can be indications of metabolic problems involving your hormones, immune system, and detoxification pathways. I’ve created series of free videos to share with you key steps from my 30-day process to balance your blood sugar naturally! Learn more here…
Food Allergy Spy Training (FAST)
Hidden food allergies can create a damaging impact on your health. Most people don’t even realize they have a food allergy or sensitivity — they just think their headaches, pain, and suffering are just a “normal” part of life. Now is your opportunity to become a super detective, fully trained to detect and eliminate unwanted hidden food allergies. Best of all, you’ll learn to strengthen your digestive and immune systems so that unwanted symptoms don’t come back.Learn more here…
Deliciously Quick Lunch & Dinner Ideas
If you’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired because you don’t have time to prepare healthy meals for you and your family, we have GREAT news for you. By using the simple, yet delicious whole and raw food recipes in this e-book, you’ll soon be on your way to the lean, strong and energetic body that you desire and deserve! Upgrade your health. Learn how to make your own fast food, and give up the drive through line once and for all! Find out more here…
Dried and Gone to Heaven
If you long to indulge in familiar comfort foods like bread, pizza, crackers, and chips, but you can’t stand the nightmare of the emotional and physical upheaval processed foods create, your dreams are about to come true! Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo and Chef Alicia Ojeda have joined to offer you mouth-watering comfort foods that will nourish your body and satisfy your soul. Read more here…
Eat Your Way Out of Pain Home Study Program
Inflammation causes pain and dysfunction. Pain and dysfunction can result in fatigue, depression, sleep disorders, loss of appetite, inability to focus, and just plain not feeling good. Inflammation costs you… and the price is very high.
The “Eat Your Way Out of Pain” home study program includes a downloaded recording of a 2 hour teleclass; an anti-inflammatory recipe guide, shopping list, and checklists; flowcharts of your body’s inflammatory pathways; and bonus resources including breakfast, lunch, and dinner e-books and a Transforming Stress Kit. Read more here…
Disclosure: Sometimes (but not always), when I share resources in my programs, newsletter, and on my website, I’m using an affiliate link, which means I do make money if you buy. My credibility is extremely important to me; therefore, I only endorse the products, services, and people I believe in. DrRitamarie.com is independently owned and the opinions expressed here are my own.
In his interview, Dr. Lodi recommended we all eat a couple of teaspoons a day of broccoli seeds, in addition to sprouts and whole broccoli. Apparently a recent study from John Hopkins confirmed that broccoli seeds are most potent at stimulating phase 2 liver detoxification.
Here’s a great smoothie recipe, ideal for jumpstarting your immune system and helping you to stop making cancer.
Liver Lover Brassica Detox Drink
2 lemons, peeled but with white part still intact
1 small sliver of lemon peel or 3 drops lemon essential oil
1 cucumber, peeled
1 package of broccoli sprouts
2 teaspoons broccoli seeds, crushed with mortar and pestle or ground in a coffee grinder
1 handful dandelion leaves
1 handful green cabbage
1/2 small zucchini
2 cloves garlic
a few handfuls spinach
2 stalks of celery
2-inch slice of burdock root
1 small piece of fresh turmeric or a teaspoon of dried turmeric
1 handful of fresh dill or 1 tablespoon dried dill
1 sliver of jalapeño (optional)
Blend all ingredients and adjust seasonings and lemon to taste.
If you’re interested in more detoxification drink recipes, be sure to register for updates on the upcoming release of our new and improved 7-Day GREEN Cleanse Program! Click HERE to learn more and receive a free e-book with recipes to get you started.
Medical Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, drritamarie.com, and the experts who have contributed. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.
Disclosure: Sometimes (but not always), when I share resources in my programs, newsletter, and on my website, I'm using an affiliate link, which means I do make money if you buy. My credibility is extremely important to me; therefore, I only endorse the products, services, and people I believe in. DrRitamarie.com is independently owned and the opinions expressed here are my own.
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