It's that time of the year again; the Holidays are upon us, life gets even busier and it's easy to lose our focus on what is most important. So, just a little reminder to do your best to keep your exercise routine in place, eat as healthy as you can, enjoy your family and friends, and give thanks for all we have. To that end, thank you for giving me the chance to contribute to your health and happiness. I greatly appreciate the opportunity and will always do my best to serve you and your family.
Happy Thanksgiving. Dr. Dale
Important Cold and Flu Season Update
Congratulations to all my great patients! If you have been following the news, and our government's reports, you would think that people are suffering the most in years from the viscous Swine Flu. Well, you wouldn't know if from my patient base. So far, this has been one of the easiest flu seasons in recent memory.
That doesn't mean patients aren't getting sick, it's just that you are doing such a good job of "being prepared", and following the protocols that I have created. Therefore, 98% of my patients who have come down with something have gotten on their program quickly, and thoroughly, with the end result being that I have seen the least amount of severe cases this season than any in recent memory.
So, thank you for doing such a great job of making my job easier and keeping you and your loved ones healthy. If you have any friends or family that are having immune challenges, please send them my way. We have new products for even the most difficult cases, which are producing excellent results.
My position on the flu shot has not changed. I do recommend it occasionally for certain individuals, but for most of my patients' I don't suggest it. If you missed my more extensive article on this subject, please see the August Newsletter article "Swine Flu Heads Up".
Immune Balancing Complex, A Very Important New Product!
Part of our Cold and Flu Season success story so far this year is due to this product. Sometimes what looks like a big headache turns out to be a big plus! Over a month ago we were informed by the makers of Im-Encap, a product I have been using for about 8 years, that it is on back-order as they are having difficulty obtaining one of the ingredients in the formula. I had some Immune Balancing Complex (I.B.C.) on hand, but had never given it a try as our results had always been great with Im-Encap. The "big plus" so far is the results have been equal to or better than Im-Encap. Odds are I will make Immune Balancing Complex my first choice for boosting your immune system when fighting an infection.
These products are quite similar. Both are combinations of glandulars, nutrients and herbs. However, there are some differences within those categories and the characteristics of the nutrient bases and glandular bases in I.B.C. make it a better product in many situations.
Immune Balancing Complex is taken at the same dosage as Im-Encap, and can be taken by children and adults. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this product and continue to "be prepared" to start your infection protocols as soon as you notice the first signs of infection.
Thanksgiving - Holiday Eating Tips
Here we are again, fast approaching the one meal of the year that American's most commonly associate with "Being Stuffed". Yes, that feeling that you can barely move, and the only thing that most people can do after this meal is to sit in an over stuffed chair, and try to keep their eyes open for more than ten minutes.
Well, there is a simple solution, where you can have your cake (rather pie), and eat it too. Here are the keys to surviving Thanksgiving without feeling like a "Stuffed Turkey", and without gaining any significant amount of fat!
1. Make sure the meal has lots of different, tasty veggies that you love. I like to do variations on the traditional themes. For instance, I often make a mix of roasted onions, with a balsamic glaze, instead of the usual creamed onions.
2. If you are having wine or other alcohol on this day, wait to have some of your meal before starting in on your "drink of choice". Or, at least have an appetizer first. Drinking before you start eating will go right to your head, which will greatly increase the odds of your losing all dietary control. A little food in your stomach first, plus some self control on how much you drink, and you are much more likely to stay " un-sauced and un- stuffed".
3. Then, first eat a lot of the foods you know to be healthy and not weight gaining. Turkey and all the different veggies, salad, etc... Be sure to mostly fill up on these before you move on to the stuffing, potatoes and dessert. This way you can have some high carb foods, but really the amount is going to be relatively small. On the other hand, if you start out with the stuffing, you will end up stuffed, and end up eating less of the foods that keep you slim and trim.
4. If at all possible, try to get the gang to go for a walk after the meal. Even a 15 - 20 minute walk after eating this meal, will help refresh you, and keep you from falling into a deep slumber. I promise if you try this you will feel better after the walk, and you'll be glad you did it. If "the gang" doesn't want to go, grab one other smart soul, or go it alone!!
5. The most important key to preventing this meal from becoming the beginning of a major weight-gaining marathon, is to "send all the Carb-Loaded Leftovers home with your guests!" Yes this is a cruel punishment for them, but they probably won't mind, unless they're a Dr. Dale patient, also, which of course they should be! One bad meal, even if it leaves you stuffed, will only do temporary harm. Keeping the fridge filled with Calorie Rich Carbs is a Sure Sentence to Weight Gain.
6. What you do on Thanksgiving, is not nearly as important as what happens in the next few days. Either T-Day is the beginning of trouble, or a one-day blip on the scale. Here's a treat and one of the smartest things you can do for your "holiday health". This can turn Thanksgiving into a starting point for losing a couple of quick pounds. Now there's a new concept!! Take your leftover bones, make some great turkey stock (the longer and slower you simmer the stock the better) and then turn the leftover turkey into delicious turkey-vegetable soup, which you can eat for days, and lose weight while eating it!
7. Follow these same general guidelines for the rest of the Holiday Meals and Parties, then come the beginning of the year you will have maintained your weight or possibly even lost some. What a great gift to yourself!
These tips are best printed out and put on your refrigerator for all your guests to read. I hope this helps. It certainly was fun for me. Enjoy and Thank You for the Many Blessings You Bring to All of Us at "the clinic"!
Walnuts for the Holidays and Health
For some time we have carried Walnuts from Rancho La Vina, from our very own Central Coast. These are the freshest and most delicious walnuts I have ever had; they are organic and sweeter than most walnuts.
Additionally, they make La Nogalera Walnut Oil from the same walnuts. This is the only walnut oil I am fond enough of to use on a regular basis. I almost always include it as part of my mustard vinaigrette dressing.
Raw walnuts are likely the healthiest of all nuts, as they are the highest in Omega 3 oils. Therefore, they are widely known as the "heart healthy" nut! The area of France that grows walnuts (and of course eats a lot of them) has the best heart health statistics. Recent research has also shown walnuts to reduce the risk of tumors and breast cancer.
We carry these nuts at the clinic, for your convenience (and mine), and most importantly for your health. They are a healthy snack to have around at the holidays, one of my favorite additions to salads, and make a healthy gift for the holidays.
"I SOUGHT MY GOD AND MY GOD I COULD NOT FIND, I SOUGHT MY SOUL AND MY SOUL ELUDED ME, I SOUGHT TO SERVE MY BROTHER IN HIS NEED AND I FOUND ALL THREE, MY GOD, MY SOUL AND THEE."
Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving and I look forward to seeing you soon. Dr. Dale