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Good News For A Change!

Fewer Teens Smoking and New Cancer Research!

I check the health news each week and I have to say that sometimes it's quite depressing. More young people dying from opioid overdoses, another mosquito borne illness detected, cancer spreading and spreading...

BUT, this week, there were two good news stories that I want to share with you!

The first is that according to the CDC, fewer teens and adolescents smoked either real cigarettes or "vapes" in 2016. In fact, this is the first time that number has dropped since they’ve been keeping records! “The decline in use of tobacco products was primarily driven by a drop in e-cigarette use among middle and high school students from 3 million in 2015 to just under 2.2 million in 2016,” the CDC report says. After so many years of increased teen smoking, this is indeed good news. And how did it happen, you may ask? Well, the theory of both the CDC and anti-smoking groups is that a combination of tobacco restrictions, advertising and taxes has helped reduce smoking rates. Personally, I don’t care what methods they use, as long as it keeps working! Wouldn’t it be great to see cigarette use stop completely in our lifetimes?

The second, “good news,” report is regarding cancer metastasis. Most of the time, people don’t die from that tumor in their breast, or spot on their back, but from the spread of those cancer cells to other parts of the body. Metastasis is that spread, and 90% of cancer deaths are caused when cancer metastasizes.

Hasini Jayatilaka was a student at Johns Hopkins a few years ago who discovered that when the cancer cells she was studying became too densely packed, some would break off and start spreading. She, along with a team of scientists from Johns Hopkins, have spent seven years studying this process, with a three dimensional model that mimics human tissue, rather than cells in a petri dish. Very cutting edge technology! Now, they have discovered the biochemical mechanism that tells the cancer cells to break off from the primary tumor and spread throughout the body (metastasis).

Even better news is that the team found two existing, FDA-approved drugs that slow metastasis significantly. That means a quicker approval for use with humans! So far, the results with mice have been marvelous.

Anything that can change the high numbers of our family members and friends who are dying from all types of cancer is not just good news, it’s GREAT news! Way to go Hasini!

Best of Health,

Kathi

 

I've been chatting with people and asking questions during the last few weeks about how one views the end of the year. I found that the majority of people look at December as a month of parties, shopping, children's holiday programs, and in the north, snow and cold. Most people I spoke with were not looking forward to December at all and felt tired just thinking about everything to be done before the end of the year.

Hmmm. What about acknowledging your accomplishments during 2016 and taking the time to reward and/or nurture yourself? Nobody that I spoke with had done that, nor was anyone planning to. In fact, most women I talked with said that their only reward after a long hard day of working, shopping, caretaking kids (or parents) was a glass of wine. Oh, dear... That's not really going to nurture you.

For me, taking action makes me feel empowered and chases that holiday stress right away. If I plan something nice for myself and I know it's on my schedule, I start to feel better already!

If you want to make this December a little bit less stressful and feel less overwhelmed and overwrought by the end of the month, try one or two of these suggestions:

Bring more gratitude into your daily activities. For instance, even when you have to endure a family member who goes on and on about all that's wrong with the world, find one tiny little thing to be grateful for in the moment. It could even be that you're grateful you do not share their negativity.

Set limits for yourself. Decide ahead of time that you will only listen once to Uncle Henry's complaint about when you were ten and you broke his grandmother's glass Christmas ornament. Gently remind him that it's an old story which everyone has heard and that he is making you uncomfortable. If he doesn't take the hint, then walk away. There are always dishes to be done in the kitchen...

Write down one thing that you did this year that you are proud of. Now schedule something that is nurturing for yourself as a reward for that accomplishment. Yes, I know that it's the holiday season and busy doesn't even begin to cover your life right now, but YOU are important. Nurturing can be as simple as locking yourself in the bathroom for 30 minutes in a hot, scented bubble bath. You deserve to have that 30 minutes to relax and nurture yourself.

My gift to you today is this meditation that takes only a few minutes yet reduces all the day's stress and worry. Be good to yourself - you deserve it!

Wishing you a holiday season filled with love, joy, and good health. Catch you next year!

Kathi

Coloring Is Fun AND Good For You!

cover-jpegMy friend Dianna Mullane and I are excited to tell you about our enchanting, stress relieving, adult coloring book, "A Coloring Book For Women - 30 Divine Designs." Dianna and I have just completed this project of love and we're so excited to share it with you today! "A Coloring Book For Women - 30 Divine Designs," was written by, and for, women. This is different from any of the others that I have found in bookstores or on Amazon. We wanted to provide something more; something informative, something that would be a way to connect with our inner child again. According to this review on Amazon, we have been successful! "I tried adult coloring books before, but the designs were busy, geometric designs that I found difficult to color. Those types of coloring books actually ended up frustrating me more than anything! But, "A Coloring Book For Women, 30 Divine Designs," is very different; the designs that Kathi Casey and Dianna Mullane have chosen are lovely and FUN to color! After all, that's why we want to color again, right? To feel the joy we did as children when we sat down to color. I love this book and can't recommend it enough!" -- Jane The book is available on Amazon, (go take a sneak peek) and also HERE on my website, where, for the same price, we'll include a box of colored pencils to get you started. Each design in our book has a description that will inspire, empower, or simply bring a smile to your face. If you are starting your holiday shopping this week, please consider our simple, inexpensive stress relief, for all the women on your list (including you!). Here's what people are saying about our coloring book: "This book is GORGEOUS! I've seen plenty of adult coloring books, but this one tops them all! Calm and pleasant designs to color that don't make my head explode! I love it. No complicated geometric designs; instead, lovely designs that have meaning for women and are truly a meditative and soothing experience to engage with. This really is a coloring book for all women. I especially love the depiction of Pinga, an Inuit goddess of fertility, medicine, and the hunt. She is surrounded by two beautiful swans. I highly recommend this book!"Estra Roell "A Coloring Book for Women: 30 Divine Designs" is a dream come true. An adult coloring book created just for women! The pictures are incredibly creative and inspiring. There are descriptions with each design that help you think, and contemplate your own inner path. It is a fantastic addition to the adult coloring book world. I highly recommend "A Coloring Book For Women: 30 Divine Designs." A great gift for the holidays!!!" Elizabeth Helming Take a peek on AMAZON or our WEB PAGE today! Thanks. Best of Health, Kathi

Add These Experts To YOUR Medicine Cabinet!

fat16_banner_order_600x600Dr. Mark Hyman’s Fat Summit 2 begins on November 7th, and tens of thousands will listen to experts as they dispelled the biggest MYTHS about eating fat, and revealed the latest research about how to eat, move and supplement your diet for improved health (and to possibly prevent/reverse chronic diseases!).

Will you be there?

Dr. Hyman’s first Fat Summit was a major hit–The Fat Summit 2 has 30+ brand NEW interviews during which you’ll discover even more about…

  • Biohacking your biology and weight loss with healthy fats
  • Truths about saturated fat, cholesterol, butter, sugar, carbs and more
  • Review and discussion of the latest articles on fat and weight loss
  • Digestion of fats through supplementation
  • Effects of dietary fat on fertility
  • Importance of community for making/sustaining healthy lifestyle choices
  • How eating more fat complements/combats other dietary approaches
  • Best practices for maintaining your weight and healthy eating habits

Register HERE now to make sure you’ll see the free talks:

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Once you own the expert talks, you can listen to the audios on your computer or mobile device, read the complete transcripts and share this important information with family and friends. Owning the talks also gives you access to eCourses, guides, eBooks and other advice from the expert speakers, at no additional charge!

If you learn even one fact from one expert that changes your life, it will be worth it!

The online access package for all of the expert talks is $79 now through Monday, Nov 14 at 10 A.M. U.S. eastern.

After that, it increases to $99.

See you at the summit!

Kathi

Do You Trust The FDA?

 

What do you think of when someone mentions the FDA?  Do you believe that they are a watchdog agency that truly looks after our best interests? Or do you, like me, think the FDA has been laying down on the job for the last few decades?

Here's some interesting news that you may have heard this month. The FDA has banned 19 chemicals that they have declared are no more effective than soap and water for cleaning our hands, and may cause hormone damage. Well, it's about time!!!!! Many of us have been warning our customers/clients not to use products with these chemicals for years. NOW even the FDA has admitted the truth...

The way these chemicals cause us hormone trouble is by disrupting our hormone levels. These chemicals look similar to the hormones produced by our bodies, that's why they are called "endocrine disruptors." These endochrine disruptors can prevent the production or inhibit the action of the hormones that are normally made in our bodies (thyroid hormone, insulin, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and others). So, when these endocrine disruptors bind to our hormone receptors, they send incorrect signals and we end up either getting double the amount of hormones we need, or far less than what we need. YIKES!

The problem that I have with this FDA ruling is that our good old FDA is giving manufacturers ANOTHER FULL YEAR to change their products. This is not acceptable for me. Many reliable, conscientious manufacturers began replacing these harmful chemicals back in 2013. At that time, the FDA issued a proposed rule because data showed that long-term exposure to the active ingredients triclosan (liquid soaps), triclocarban (bar soaps), and others, could pose health risks, such as bacterial resistance or hormonal effects. Under the proposed rule, manufacturers were required to provide the agency with additional data on the safety and effectiveness of these ingredients if they wanted to continue selling the antibacterial products containing those ingredients. This included data from clinical studies demonstrating that these products were superior to non-antibacterial washes in preventing human illness or reducing infection. Manufacturers did not provide the necessary data to establish safety and effectiveness for the 19 active ingredients addressed in the final ruling released this month.

ALSO, in response to comments submitted by big manufacturers like Henkel (Dial soaps), the FDA has delayed ruling on three more ingredients used in consumer wash products: benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium chloride and chloroxylenol (PCMX), to allow for the development and submission of new safety and effectiveness data. Antibacterial washes containing these ingredients can still be marketed during this time while data are being collected. I can tell you that these will not be on my shelf. I'm not waiting another couple of years for the FDA to ban them and then give big manufacturers another year to remove them...

Here is a full list of the banned ingredients - print it out, add the three additional listed above, and then check your soaps and cleaners. Toss out any that have these ingredients and replace them with products that do not have those ingredients.

Some of the companies that have never used, or have already removed these chemicals from their soaps, are:

Desert Essence 

Pure Haven Essentials

Dr. Bronners soaps

Penny Lane Organics

Some of these soaps are available at both Vitacost.com and ThriveMarket.com for less money than other stores. Always a good idea to check out the prices.

I have used Desert Essence soaps myself since researching for my bestselling book "Beautiful Sexy Skin For Women Over 40."

Here's a video I did for the release of that book which tells you some of the ingredients in your facial cleansers and moisturizers that are harmful. You may be surprised at what you are rubbing into your face!

Now I'll be checking my laundry detergent and other cleaning products to make sure that they also do not contain any of the 19 banned chemicals and the three that are under consideration. I'll keep you posted!

Best of Health,

Kathi

Today's post may be considered controversial, but I feel the need to talk about wine. Specifically, all the women who are being lead to believe by the wine industry that they deserve "Mommie's little helper," after a long day taking care of children, home, work, etc.

Every day there are memes that show up on my Facebook feed designed to encourage women to drink alcohol - all of them are shared by women... It's been a very long time since I have liked, laughed at, or shared any of them. Here's why.

So many women that I know bought into the whole idea that a little alcohol is good for your health, or that your mental health needs a glass of wine or two, or a bottle. Most of these women either now participate in AA or are suffering the effects of alcoholism but not seeking help yet. Some of them have battled throat and/or breast cancer. This is sad and unacceptable. To me, it's the exact same thing as when the tobacco industry did not share the information that cigarettes cause cancer, emphysema, and other lung diseases for so many years. Yes, you heard that right, THE SAME THING.

At last some physicians are now speaking out and sharing the information that alcohol CAUSES seven types of cancer.

"Epidemiologic evidence supports a causal association of alcohol consumption and cancers of the oropharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum, and female breast, says Jennie Connor, MB, ChB, MPH, from the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago, in Dunegin, New Zealand. In short, alcohol causes cancer."

Dr. Connor goes on to say that this is not news. Many cancer treatment/research facilities have long known and listed these as alcohol related cancers. The alcohol industry uses words like related, linked to, risk of, instead of stating the truth, which is that alcohol causes these cancers. According to the research that she studied, greater than 50 grams (1.609 ounces) of alcohol daily raises your risk for mouth, pharynx and esophageal cancer 4-7 times. Less than that for the rest of the above cancers. That amount is a little over a shot of alcohol and according to the National Consumers League, "one 12-oz. beer has as much alcohol as a 1.5-oz. shot of whiskey, or a 5-oz. glass of wine."

Another  report from the American Public Health Association back in 2013 concluded that 3.5% of cancer deaths in the US are caused by alcohol. This report talks about more than two drinks a day.

So, my point here is, not only can you become addicted to alcohol and join the millions of others in AA, you are also taking a risk for developing certain types of cancer. Having witnessed my brother's radiation/chemo treatment for his throat cancer a few years back, and the permanent damage that the followup surgery caused, believe me when I say you don't wish that on your worst enemy. AND, I will add that at that time, the Dana Faber Cancer Center listed alcohol as one of the causes of throat cancer.

You are probably wondering if I drink? Well, as these studies and more information has come out in recent years, I have been reducing the amount of wine I drink. Having been a lightweight in that department who couldn't handle anything stronger than wine all of my life, I now limit myself to drinking a glass of red wine with the special dinners that Ned and I cook together on weekends, or holiday parties. Perhaps some day I will not have any at all, but for now, that feels right for me.

What I ask is that you begin to think about whether you truly want that glass of wine (or other alcoholic beverage) or not. Think about the risk you are taking, think about your family and friends. Simply think before you drink. Then you will discover what feels right for you, and not what the media is pushing. Take care of you!

And if you are wondering about the news stories you have seen touting the benefits of drinking a small amount of alcohol daily, I can find no reliable scientific evidence supporting that. In fact, the Mayo Clinic states "The evidence about the possible health benefits of alcohol isn't certain, and alcohol may not benefit everyone who drinks." In short, the few possible benefits do not outweigh the risks.

Best of Health,

Kathi

Does Menopause NEVER End?!

After menopause some symptoms hang on or come back to visit. I’ve recently received some questions about why this happens and what can be done to alleviate these symptoms. Here are some useful practices that can bring balance back to your life.

Extra adipose (fat) tissue can act as an endocrine organ, producing more estrogen in the body, keeping it in circulation even when ovarian production stops at menopause. So, regular exercise and eating mindfully help to reduce that extra fat around your mid section, and then your body is not encouraged to overproduce those hormones. This is especially important for women because studies show that weight gain is a risk factor for breast cancer after menopause. An American Cancer Society study found that women who gained 20–30 pounds after age twenty were 40% more likely to develop breast cancer after menopause than women who gained no more than 5 pounds. Keep that fat away!

Include phytoestrogens in your diet. Phytoestrogens are plant-based and they help balance hormones naturally. These are found in soy foods, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, bean sprouts, and legumes such as garbanzo beans and peas. Now I know the press has been full of controversy about soy products, but as I posted last year, I have not found any scientific studies showing that eating food containing soy is harmful. I believe that a small amount of soy is beneficial. However, I do not recommend soy supplements as there has not been enough research as to the effects of taking these compounds in such high doses. Traditional soy foods such as tofu, edamame, tempeh, and miso are a part of my own diet.  

Eat your broccoli. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kohlrabi contain a substance called indole-3-carbinol (I3C), which is metabolized in the body to produce diindolylmethane (DIM). Both of these substances help to regulate estrogen and, BONUS, they’ve been shown to have some anti-cancer effects, particularly for breast cancer.

The Ayurvedic herb shatavari has been used for centuries to reduce menopausal hot flashes, irritability and mood swings. Part of the asparagus family, the herb can have a cooling effect for those of us who are “too hot” for our own comfort! As with any herb, though, if you have allergies, please go slowly at first to make sure that you don’t have an allergic reaction.

As little as fifteen minutes of deep breathing twice daily has been shown, in several clinical trials, to decrease hot flashes and night sweats as well as improve your sense of well-being. Additionally, meditation helps decrease stress hormones and allows the body to return to homeostasis as well as calm the mind. As far back as the 1970’s Dr. Richard Benson proved the “relaxation response” reduced hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. My own research has shown that his relaxation response is exactly the Yoga Nidra, or deep relaxation, that is done at the end of most Yoga classes. This guided meditation has been shown through many scientific studies to benefit over-all health and well being in addition to reducing hot flashes.

If you are interested in a fabulous program of menopause symptom relief, personally designed for you, click this link for my coaching program.

Best of Health,

Kathi

Ready For Shorts and Tanks?

Yayayyyyyyyy! Sunshine and blue skies!

Just went for a walk between my classes and I am soooooo enjoying this sunshine. Summer will be here in the blink of an eye (I hope). Are you ready for shorts and tanks season?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 36 percent of Americans are considered obese and an additional 34 percent are considered overweight. This is an alarming statistic because that's 70% of the population...!? I did my own local survey, during a break from my classes at the senior center; I walked around and counted the number of people here that appeared to be overweight. Of the 61 people here, at least 37 appeared overweight or obese. That's 60%, YIKES! Double Yikes!

The National Cancer Institute estimates that obesity contributes to 34,000 new cases of cancer in men and 50,000 in women each year. But if every adult reduced their BMI by 1 percent - a loss of roughly 2.2 pounds - about 100,000 new cases of cancer could be avoided, according to the agency's website. Cancer is scary and it has touched many of our lives. My friend Ned has lost several family members and friends to cancer and now he rides his bike 100 miles every year in Bicycles Battling Cancer. As human beings, we feel better when we can take some action to help others. This is Ned's way to help fight the big "C."

What about helping ourselves? Are you as healthy as you'd like to be? Are you overweight? Would you like to do something about it?

I see many people in my classes, or coaching that are attempting to lose weight. Most want to lose 10-15 lbs. Only a few want to lose more than that. Based on how many gyms, bike clubs, hiking trails, Yoga, Pilates, and other health centers there are in the Berkshires, I think our population is most likely on the lower end of the CDC statistics.

What does your community look like? Are there plenty of opportunities to walk, ride a bike, or work out? Do people access them? Do you?

If you have a desire to lose weight, build more muscle, take care of your health and your family's health, then make the commitment! This is important. Find something that works for you - even if it's only once a week. That first baby step is crucial. Once you begin to feel more energy, you'll want to experience that more often and you'll make time during your busy day for a few more bits of exercise. As little as three, 10 minute exercise breaks during your day can bring huge benefits. Here are my top recommendations for the best way to spend 10 minutes when you want to lose weight:

  • Brushing Teeth - an excellent time to march in place, bringing those knees up as high as you can, then lunge walk around the house as you select your clothes for the day, put breakfast dishes in the dishwasher, etc.
  • Morning coffee break - instead of that muffin and coffee, walk around the block, then grab a cup of coffee (sans muffin) to take back to your desk.
  • Lunch break - eat a kitchen sink salad with lots of dark greens, tomatoes, avocado, apple or pear, and a few nuts. This gives you plenty of energy, and takes about 15 minutes to eat, giving you another ten minute break to walk.
  • After dinner - While sitting on the couch watching your favorite show, do five minutes of leg lifts and circles on each side. Here is a video to demonstrate this one.

Best of Health,

Kathi

Healthy Recipe For Rosemary Chicken

 

Here's a delicious recipe that includes Rosemary from Dr. Mark Hyman's book, "The Blood Sugar Solution."

Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Swiss Chard and Baked Delicata Squash

 

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Delicata squash halved and seeded (I used Acorn squash)

1 Lg head of Swiss Chard roughly chopped

2 (6 oz) Boneless chicken breasts (I used boneless skinless thighs)

1/4 Cup Almond Meal

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 Cup low sodium chicken broth

Juice of 1/2 lemon

2 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Brush the cut sides of the squash with 1 tsp of the olive oil. Place squash, cut sides down on a baking sheet and roast for 20-30 min. It's cooked when a knife slides easily into the flesh when pierced.
  3. Heat 1 tsp oil in saucepan and saute the Swiss Chard 5-6 min until it wilts. Put aside
  4. Lay out a piece of plastic wrap on the counter, place the chicken on top with another piece of plastic wrap over it and pound with a kitchen mallet until they are about 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with the almond meal and salt and pepper to taste
  6. Heat remaining oil in your saute pan over medium high heat, add the chicken and cook 5 min per side.
  7. While the chicken is cooking, combine broth, lemon juice and rosemary in a bowl until well mixed.
  8. When the chicken is golden brown on both sides and cooked well through, add the liquid mixture to the pan and reduce for 3-4 minutes.

Serve chicken on top of the cooked greens with the squash on the side. Yummmmmm!

Wishing you a delicious and healthy week!
Best of Health,

Kathi

Eat Fat To Get Thin!

AvocadoI am happy to announce my friend and colleague Dr. Mark Hyman's new book, Eat Fat to Get Thin. Yes, you heard that right. Mark is talking about the "good fat," however, not twinkies and triple layer chocolate cake!

In addition to rising rates of obesity, cancer, and diabetes, millions of Americans are suffering from what Mark refers to as "FLC Syndrome" - that's when you feel like crap! What most of us don't know is that this is directly related to the food we eat. Food can harm us or it can heal us.

In his latest book, Dr. Hyman reveals a shocking new medical discovery that turns our understanding of why we get fat and sick completely upside down.

So what is this shocking discovery?

Turns out, if you eat more FAT, you get thin (and reverse heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and more). In other words, just about everything we've been told about fat is wrong. Which is why Dr. Hyman has created a powerful Q&A video to celebrate the launch of his new book, Eat Fat, Get Thin. Watch the FREE Q&A Video here.

In this video, Mark answers questions like:

If it's not fat, what is the true cause of heart disease, diabetes, and disease?

How can we easily differentiate between good and bad fats?

Is butter really good for you?

And how did we get into this big, fat mess?

Over 1,000 people participated in his testing of the Eat Fat, Get Thin 21-Day Plan outlined in this book. The results were powerful. Participants shed weight (as much as 46 pounds!), reduced blood sugar (an average of 23 points), and reported a 69% decrease in ALL symptoms from chronic diseases. Isn't it your turn?

If you're ready to lose those stubborn extra pounds, have more energy immediately, and learn how to prevent or even reverse chronic disease naturally, you won't want to miss this book.

Watch the video (PLUS discover how you can get your copy of Dr. Hyman's new book and receive up to 9 not-to-be-missed bonus gifts!)  
Best of Health,

Kathi

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