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Food for Reversing the New Uber-Culprit, Inflammation!!

08 Feb

Hey, Folks,

Don’t forget ACEP’s 11th Annual Conference in Energy Psychology convening in Orlando from May 28 through June 1.  The theme is Intention, Transformation & Change for this year’s terrific, cutting edge professional gathering, which highlights all the new energy psych interventions – everything from EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) to TFT (thought field therapy) to EFT (emotional freedom technique) to SE (somatic experiencing) to TAT (Tapas acupressure technique)… you get the picture.  If you’ve been curious about these new methods and want to have one venue in which to be introduced to the full range and heft of them, or if you just want to expand your knowledge base and get a more intensive feel for one or two of them, this is the place to do it. 

Featured keynoters are Jean Houston, Larry Dossey, Lama Surya Das & Beverly Rubik, and there are workshops by creative and/or scholarly luminaries such as Mary Sise, David Feinstein, Maggie Phillips, John Diepold, Tapas Fleming, Fred Gallo and many others.  Continuing education credits are available for social workers, nurses, counselors, acupuncturists, alcohol & drug abuse counselors and marriage & family therapists.

The first price break is on Feb 15 – so you can get your most uber-reduced fee if you register before then.  Check it out – it’s where all the new methods are being demonstrated, discussed, argued about and celebrated.  It’s a fun gathering with juicy, enthusiastic people, and you’ll learn a lot.

As you probably already heard, the newly excoriated enemy of good health is inflammation – it appears to be implicated in a lot of heart disease and cancers too, not to mention auto-immune disorders.   Here’s an abbreviated, quick-and-dirty list of Andy Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet which has been circulating in a lot of newspapers and magazines – it’s definitely worth repeating: 

  • Eliminate cow's milk and cow's milk products (substitute other calcium sources).
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables (make sure that they are organically grown - think berries, cherries, beans & legumes, walnuts & almonds, dark green veggies & whole grains.).
  • Eliminate polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, all partially hydrogenated oils and all foods (such as deep-fried foods) that might contain trans-fatty acids. Use extra-virgin olive oil as your main fat.
  • Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Take two to three grams of fish oil a day.

He adds that supplements can also help:

  • Take anti-inflammatory herbs such as ginger and turmeric. Take Zyflamend, a combination of ginger, turmeric and other botanicals with anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Consider taking grape seed extract, a source of antioxidant compounds called OPCS (oligomeric proanthocyanidins).

OK, that’s enough advice for one day.  More could get seriously annoying.  You can learn more from Andy’s golden oldie book, Natural Health, Natural Medicine: The Complete Guide to Wellness and Self-Care for Optimum Health.

Take care & be well,


Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award