Sunday, January 24, 2010

Digestive Health Review - Dr. Haskell

Due to popular demand, I wrote up a review of the Women's Health Workshop we had on Digestive Health.

I have divided it up by speaker, so as not to overwhelm you with too much information all at once.

Dr. Haskell spoke of many aspects of digestion and showed us how we can improve our health. He started by encouraging us to tune into our Inner Intelligence – that has been with us since conception. He encouraged us to support this intelligence and to respect it. (There was a later demonstration how the inner intelligence plays a role in muscle testing.)

Dr. Haskell spoke of how our organs are run by two separate systems: sympathetic & parasympathetic. He described the dance between them. The sympathetic system deals primarily with movement & action, the parasympathetic with digestion & relaxation. These two systems were compared to the gas & brake of our bodies. We can’t use them simultaneously. For example, if we are angry or stressed in a physical way, we should not be eating a heavy meal because our parasympathetic system is temporarily shut down (as our sympathetic system takes action) and we won’t digest our food properly. We were encouraged to become more aware and respectful of what’s happening in our bodies.

Dr. Haskell spoke of how we are born perfect and healthy. Picture a scale tipped towards good health. As we grow, we add toxins through diet, lifestyle and environment and the scale starts to tip in the opposite direction. He encouraged us to empty that side of the scale by removing toxins, adding better nutrition, and getting adequate sleep.

He briefly covered the benefits of breastfeeding. The colostrum and nutrients in breast milk infiltrate our guts with beneficial bacteria. People that were never breastfed are lacking some healthy gut flora and need to change the ecology of their intestines. This can be done by taking a colostrum supplement and acidophilus.

There was a demonstration as to how starchy foods convert to glucose in our blood and how to make better food choices. For example, eating whole grain bread or brown rice would quickly spike our blood glucose level. If we add a good source of fat to either of those, the digestive process would slow down considerably and the blood sugar levels would remain more balanced. Good fats are good for us! We need many more animal proteins and vegetables than grains and starches to have more energy and to promote weight loss. Low fat – high carb diets do not work. Dr. Haskell thought the Atkins diet is a good start, but not a long term plan. Once we’ve gotten the boost we need by changing our eating habits, we must find the balance.

We were given the tools to recognize symptoms of candida. Including but not limited to: sluggishness, sweet cravings, bloating, digestive issues, white coating of the mouth, gas, yeast infections, etc. This can come from antibiotics or birth control pills. It is further exasperated by starchy or sugary foods that feed the yeast. When there is yeast lining our intestines, we are not absorbing nutrients in the foods we eat and become ill and weak. Candida is very common and can be easily treated. There are two steps to fighting yeast. Starving it and killing it. Those may seem harsh but they really work. To starve the yeast: avoid all products that have yeast in them. Avoid foods that feed the yeast such as: fruit, simple carbs, fermented foods, soy products and starchy vegetables. What can you eat? Lots of protein and green veggies. To kill the yeast take: grapefruit seed extract, oregano oil and undecylenic acid (from castor beans). Take acidopholus to add healthy bacteria to your intestines.

Dr. Haskell covered some food allergies and different methods for identifying them. He talked of how rapidly symptoms disappear when foods we are sensitive to are removed from our diets.

We learned how chewing gum heats up the mercury in our fillings and allows it to vaporize. We end up ingesting this heavy metal. Mercury poisoning leads to alzheimers, infertility, impaired immune system and more. The only way to get rid of mercury that we have ingested is by taking chlorella with every meal. The mercury binds to the chlorella and will help it through the elimination process.

Dr. Haskell ended with how nutrition can affect the dental arch. He showed us pictures of people that had lived off the land, ate pure food, etc. and how perfect their mouths looked. There were pictures taken ten years later, after processed foods had infiltrated their regions and their dental arch showed serious decay and deterioration.

Wow! That was TONS of great info. Now what? You were given some great tools here. How you use them is up to you.

Dr. Haskell can be reached through his website or via email.

For Esther Hadassah's report: Health and Wellness: Digestive Health Review - Esther Hadassah

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