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March 7, 2018

The purpose of vaccinations are to eliminate children suffering of infectious diseases of previous eras.  It is rare to hear of a child dying from polio, smallpox or any disease, which individuals vaccinate.  The universal illness of measles was big in the 1960's, but close to being extinct today.  The interesting part of historical medical sources is that infectious diseases declined by 90% before the introduction of vaccinations.  The sanitation movement across Europe and America between late 1800s and early 1900s have experts believing that this was the explanation that caused the decline of epidemic diseases; sewage systems, garbage dumps, public water supply.  Also, the claim of better nutrition.

What About Toxins and Contamination?

Toxicity is a major concern, as they contain stabilizers so they don't degrade into inactive fragments in the vial.  In general, vaccines contain weakened or killed viruses by substances like formalin.  Vaccination defenders...

February 28, 2018

Why do we try so hard to over complicate food? Simple tastes just as good as complicated and high technical dishes.  Restaurants have wonderful salads that are packed full of many different toppings that they believe you want for that healthy choice. The added nuts, seeds, dried fruits, cheese and another crunchy element (dry noodles, corn chips, croutons) can add extra calories, salt and sugar.  The calories can always be used up throughout the day by exerting energy.  That 'catch up on the gossip' luncheon with your friend can continue with a 30 minute walk with hand weights, so you can re-enact the some boxing scenes from Rocky.

Sodium intake should max-out at 1500mg for the day. It is easier to keep that potassium-sodium ratio balanced, blood pressure in check, blood vessels and kidneys have a little less strain.  Nobody wants to be stressed at work, so why would you stress your organs? As the boss of your body, you might need some better training.  Never take your bo...

February 22, 2018

Eczema can be caused by an array of things like allergies, medication or irritating chemicals.  It is often associated with asthma.  It is commonly found on the wrists, knees, inside elbows and face.  It looks like red skin lesions that are cracked with a thickened skin that form blisters.  This inflammatory and very itchy disease is known as atopic dermatitis.  Food allergies established with eczema are tomatoes, eggs, foods with preservatives, wheat, food colouring and cow's milk. 

What if you have no food allergies or intolerances? Nutrient deficiencies can also contribute to the formation of eczema and a depressed immune system.  Deficiencies in zinc, selenium, essential fatty acids and vitamin A.  These are definitely supplements you need to take to correct the deficiency. 

It takes time for eczema to fade away, stop itching and reducing inflammation.  Dermagen C cream is perfect for eczema and other skin conditions.  It helps with inflammati...

February 9, 2018

 The cause of the common cold can be from any 200 viruses, but typically the rhinovirus.  The cold virus makes its presence by a stuffy or runny nose, scratchy throat, maybe chills and a low grade fever.  These symptoms are the body's attempt to eradicate the viruses.  Inflamed and runny nasal passage is a guard against further spreading and invasion.  Getting more than 2 colds per year is a sign of a compromised immune system.  Colds can be prevented by strengthening the immune system.

Drink 8oz of water, bone broth or herbal teas every hour. Aim for mostly water.  Avoid honey, orange juice and other natural sugars because they depress the immune system.  Take a pure grade vitamin C.  Over the counter vitamin C can come from a poor source, contain fillers and/or sugars.  If you have citric allergies, then I don't recommend vitamin C. Thymus extract once or twice a day.  Also, Echinacea is a popular remedy for the common cold....

January 29, 2018

The digestion is the process responsible for breaking down and converting food into substance, so it can be absorbed across the tissue of the intestine (epithelium).  Food goes from a complex substance to a simple substance by converting the structure into their particular building blocks.  For example, animal protein is broken down into amino acids, potassium, zinc, B12 and other nutrients.  This conversion is preformed with enzymes in the digestive tract. 

What happens if your body have low levels of enzymes or the pancreas is exhausted to the point it isn't excreting digestive enzymes?  The pancreas is the sole means of protein digestion when hydrochloric acid is too low.  The stomach enzymes that digests protein is active pepsin, which hydrochloric acid is needed to convert inactive pepsinogen to active pepsin.  Most of protein digestion should be done in the stomach.  With an underactive stomach, problems arise like food allergies, intolerances, leaky gut, dysbiosis or a compromise...

January 25, 2018

 The clinical definition for depression is based on the following criteria:

1.  Either weight loss due to poor appetite or weight gain with increased appetite

2.  Physical inactivity or hyperactivity

3.  Decreased interest in activities or low sex drive

4.  Hypersomnia or insomnia

5.  Energy loss or fatigue

6.  Inappropriate guilt or feeling worthless

7.  Loss of concentration or reduced ability to think

8.  Death or suicide thoughts that are reoccurring

With the presence of 5 of these symptoms, there is a definite indication of depression.  An individual with 4 symptoms could be depressed too.  You would definitely need to see a qualified doctor to be diagnosed.  There are lifestyle changes that may help an individual develop a more positive mental attitude. 

Lifestyle Change

1.  Exercise regularly

2.  Practice stress reduction/relaxation techniques like deep breathing, yoga pose or meditation for 10-15 minutes every day

3.  Laughter is a great medicine, so watch a hilarious movie or laugh with a...

January 23, 2018

I was never a fan of stuffed peppers until I changed the rules. Changing the rules is fun and super tasty! I used a mix of ground chicken and pork. I try to only have beef once a week, so I substituted.  I had lots of green tomatoes this year because of the cold growing season, so why not utilize them.

Things I added to the meat mixture:

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 cup sliced fennel

1 cup green tomatoes

1 cup chopped herbs (lovage, Greek oregano, purple basil and cliantro)

1 small onion

1 egg

4 cloves minced garlic

3/4 tsp Himalayan salt

1tsp smoked paprika

After mixing the ingredients, I stuffed the half peppers with the meat mixture.  Each half pepper got 1 tbsp of sunflower oil on top and sprinkled with diced red tomatoes.  

You can put these in the freezer uncooked, provided the meat wasn't previously frozen or cook them up right away.  Make sure the peppers are covered when cooking, so they don't burn. 350F in the in the oven for 40 minutes or until cooked.

You can try this recipe or find...

January 15, 2018

1.  Portion Sizes

American researchers noticed the bigger the serving or portion size, then more calories are consumed.  A study was conducted where people were given large containers of soup or popcorn and the other group was given small containers.  The large container group consumed 73% (popcorn) and 43% (soup) more calories than the small container group.  Try using smaller plates in order to consume less calories.

2.  Eat Smaller Meals

Plan you day to consume 3 smaller meals and 2 or 3 snacks.  Intervals of roughly 3 hours apart.  Regular and small meals increases the metabolic rate after eating for a short period of time.  It is boosted approximately 10% for 2-3 hours after you eat, so avoid skipping meals.

3.  Consume Enough Protein

Protein will help stop you from wanting to over eat, as amino acids are the most satisfying nutrient.  A meal's calories may be burned off as heat, giving a protein meal a higher calorie burn percentage of up to 20%.  Don't get me wrong, your metabolism i...

January 10, 2018

I get asked many questions on, so I thought I would help debunk some of these myths to my YouNique readers.  I want to make sure I can inform as many people as possible, so they can get the best results.

If I exercise longer, will I get better results?

Actually, the longer you exercise will prevent results. You should have exercise sessions that are short, intense and effective because exercise is to stimulate muscle and fat burn.  The good news is this can be done is less than 4 hours a week.  When you do more, you can feel physically and mentally drained.

Muscles grow when I am working out.

Muscles actually grow when you are resting.  Slight muscle damage will occur during a good workout.  This is a micro-trauma that actually triggers your body to re-build tissue only if you feed it the required nutrients and allow yourself to rest.

If women lift weights, then they will get bulky.

Resistance training (which uses weights) will help women become lean and toned.  This is because fat...

January 7, 2018

 Step 1:  Setting Realistic Goals

Let's start by writing down your intentions because research has proven that clearly putting your goals on paper are more likely to turn into actions.  Make sure you are specific and realistic when you write down your goals.  Of course, being in a positive mood is going to help hopeful thoughts have more direction (I would like to lose 20 pounds).  Next, find a suitable time frame for your goal.  Losing 40 pounds before summer season starts next month is unrealistic! Also, write down your reason for wanting to lose weight.  A lot of normal weight people believe that will solve their emotional problems.

Step 2: Keep an Eye on Body Composition Changes

This is the key to ensure you are losing fat and not muscle.  Take your measurements once a month that include chest, hips, waist, upper arms, thigh and calf.  This lets you see where you are losing the most fat and how your body composition is changing.  Take measurements prior to you...

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Janette de Vries, RHN, B.ed, (Hons) B.A

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