Category Archives: Health Topics

Are your beliefs making you older?

Did you know your beliefs can affect your age?

Do you ever feel old?

Ever feel that you can’t do the things you want to do because of your age and health?  That you’re not the spring chicken you used to be.  Or have you ever thought to yourself  I’m too old to do that!

Maybe you’re not saying these things out loud, but we all tend to think these harsh comments to ourselves.  And these harsh comments have a bigger impact on our health and our aging than we realise.

I want to share a video with you that has the ability to add years to your life and more importantly, to dramatically change how old you look and feel.

In this video you’ll hear from New York Times best-selling author Dr Christiane Northrup as she talks about how of our beliefs, our emotions and people in our lives can affect our age.

So, how do we turn on that foundation of youth and make ourselves look and feel younger? 

In this video with Dr Northrup you’ll learn about how new science is proving just how powerful our mind is in preventing (or causing) illness, developing our brains and learning new skills, and with slowing down (or speeding up!) our aging.

And you’ll learn what you can do to actually turn back the hands of time.

Check it out here:

Christiane Northrup and Jessica

 Some of what Dr Northrup talks about in this video includes:

  • Why you should never share your age (she has a very good reason for this and it’s not what you think).
  • The difference between your chronological vs biological age (the good news is you can turn back your biological age!)
  • How to be an “outlier” that lives a longer and healthier life.
  • The three commonalities that all centenarians have in common that let them live past 100 with life and vibrancy. 
  • The “nun study” about dementia that is showing that the symptoms for dementia (and many other illnesses) aren’t as accurate as we think (and how big a role our belief systems actually play in this)
  • Why you need to guard your mind vigilantly when receiving a “diagnosis” because of the effect it alone has on your health. 
  • Any much more!

If you want to slow down the hands of time, watch this video:

Christiane-Northrup TWS 2015

Love Kaye

P.S. This video is being released as part of the lead up to this year’s 7th Annual Tapping World Summit, an amazing event that over 1 million people have attended online over the last 6 years. 



 

Releasing weight is an emotional issue

Is your weight an emotional issue?

The Biological Weight Loss Trap:

Why most people struggle to lose weight and how you can use EFT Tapping today to finally lose weight faster than you ever thought possible!

When you think about how to release extra weight, what are the first things you think of?

Eating better and exercising, right?

You are probably also thinking about food restrictions, sweaty workouts and not-another-diet.

 

I know that’s what most people think of, but as EFT Tapping Expert Jessica Ortner says…

“Focusing on diet and exercise FIRST when trying to release weight, is absolutely the wrong approach. It’s not that diet and exercise don’t matter, it’s that the ability to eat well, exercise, and feel safe releasing weight are all run unconsciously in your brain, and if your brain isn’t wired the way you want it to be, then you’re just setting yourself up for failure.  If you’ve struggled and gone from diet to diet, you’re likely to continue the trend UNLESS you get to the root of the problem.”  

Jessica has been taking a much different approach towards helping women and she’s been getting some amazingly good results.

And the latest science and research is proving exactly why her approach works so well!

Jessica is sharing details about the approach she has used with over 4,000 women over the last year alone, using EFT Tapping to help them find and overcome the unconscious emotions, beliefs, traumas and more that keep women from releasing weight, in a webinar presentation that she’s running this week only.

If you’ve never heard about Tapping, she’ll explain exactly what it is, how it works and why so many people are using it today with powerful results.

I highly recommend checking this webinar out now.

Here’s some of what Jessica is sharing in these content-packed presentations:

On the science and research:

  • What goes on in the body biologically with negative emotions like stress, anxiety and overwhelm and the specifics of how they effect your we*ght (How it affects digestion, blood vessels and brain function is fascinating!)  
  • What happens in your brain that causes you to overeat when you are emotional (and how to counteract this)
  • Why people yo-yo with diets and why they actually put on more weight when going from diet to diet

 

And here is some of what she’ll cover on how to use Tapping for Weight Loss:

  • How to pinpoint your underlying unconscious blocks to releasing weight and then eliminate them with Tapping
  • How both large and small past traumatic events (some that you might not even remember) can keep you from feeling safe to lose weight.  (And she’ll show you how to release these traumas with Tapping)
  • How to use Tapping to make any nutritional or exercise program work for you!
  • And so much more…

 

You can view the webinar here

 

Jessica is extremely passionate about this subject because of her own previous struggle with her weight. She is also extremely knowledgeable on the subject. 

She’s the author of a new book being released in May called “The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss and Body Confidence” which is already getting incredible reviews from early reviewers like Cheryl Richardson, Dr Christiane Northrup, Dr Lissa Rankin, Dr Mark Hyman, Gabrielle Bernstein, Marci Shimoff and many others. 

Please be sure to look out for that book next month. 

But for now, make sure to check out this incredible webinar presentation, happening this week only:

Every woman deserves to be happy and confident in her body, including you.

I think that this presentation can help you get there.   

 

P.S. – Here are two of the hundreds of emails Jessica has received from clients she has worked with about her approach:

The results were DRAMATIC. I stopped wanting and eating sugar. I began to WANT to exercise. I lost 11 lbs. within just 2 months. After 5 more months, I’d lost another 7 lbs. The day after New Year’s, I stepped on a scale and I had lost another pound instead of gaining anything. In the year since, I have not dieted or restricted food AT ALL!”
-Rhonda Robinson

I have struggled for over 15 years with weight fluctuations and emotional issues surrounding food and body image. Through working with Jessica, I was able to discover the root cause of my eating/body issues and understand how to move forward. Not only is there a physical transformation, but also a significant emotional weight loss as well…”
-Christine Haskin

What are you waiting for?… view the webinar now

Macular Degeneration

AGE RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION     


Age Related Macular Degeneration or AMD causes progressive macular damage resulting in loss of central ‘straight ahead’ vision but peripheral vision is not affected. The macula is the central part of the retina, the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. The retina processes all visual images and is responsible for our ability to read, recognise faces, drive and see colours clearly. Macular degeneration does not cause pain nor lead to total blindness but may make it difficult or impossible to read or to recognise faces. 

Incidence of Age Related Macular Degeneration

Age related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in older people in Australia. One in seven people over the age of 50 is affected in some way and the incidence increases with age. 

Types of Age Related Macular Degeneration

Age related macular degeneration can be classified as early, intermediate and advanced according to the severity. There are also two types of age related macular degeneration.    

  • Dry Age Related Macular Degeneration results in a gradual loss of central vision and is the most common and less severe form of age related macular degeneration.
  •      Wet Age Related Macular Degeneration is characterised by a sudden loss of vision. It is caused by abnormal fragile blood vessels growing into the retina, which leak and ooze fluid and blood into the retina. Immediate medical treatment is essential if symptoms occur.

Age related macular degeneration is often a precursor to the wet form. Although 80% of patients with macular degeneration have the dry form, the wet form is responsible for 90% of severe loss of vision associated with macular degeneration.

Risk Factors

The primary risk factor for macular degeneration is age, especially age over 50 years. The prevalence and risk of progression increases with age. Other risk factors include family history, female sex and white race. Modifiable risk factors include smoking, obesity, hypertension, dyslipidaemia, excessive sun exposure and a diet deficient in fruits and vegetables. 

Symptoms

  •      Difficulty with reading or any other activity that requires fine vision (e.g. sewing). 
  •      Distortion, where straight lines appear wavy or bent (known as metamorphosia).
  •      Distinguishing faces becomes a problem.
  •      Dark patches or empty spaces appear in the centre of your vision.

 

Normal Vision

Distorted Vision

 Source of images: www.retinavitreouscenter.com

The need for increased illumination, sensitivity to glare, decreased night vision and poor colour  sensitivity may also indicate that there is something wrong. Any of these symptoms warrant the need for an eye specialist review.

Dry macular degenerative changes usually occur slowly over time. The patient may first notice a need for brighter light when reading. Other symptoms include difficulty adapting to low light levels, increased blurriness of printed words, decreased brightness of colours or a blurred or blind spot in the centre of the visual field. 

Visual changes in wet macular degeneration tend to occur rapidly and result in an abrupt decline in central vision.  Patients describe distorted images such as wavy lines or notice a distinct blind spot in the centre of their vision. 

Early detection

Early detection of macular degeneration is vital in preserving or saving vision. Difficulty with vision should not be dismissed as a normal part of getting older. In its early stages, macular degeneration can be detected in an eye test before any visual symptoms occur. Early detection allows for treatment to slow its progression.

The Amsler Grid, shown below can be used to test for symptoms of macular degeneration, although this is not to be relied on for a diagnosis. Distortion of the lines (black spot or wavy lines) such as shown in the second image below, warrants an eye specialist review.

Amsler Grid – normal vision

Amsler Grid – visual defects

Treatments for Age Related Macular Degeneration

Treatment options depend on the stage and type of macular degeneration. Current treatments aim to keep the best vision for as long as possible and in some cases may potentially provide visual improvement, but there is presently no cure.

Dry Age Related Macular Degeneration Treatment

Patients with early macular degeneration generally don’t require treatment, but they should have regular eye examinations to monitor disease progression.  

Patients with intermediate macular degeneration may benefit from supplements of antioxidants and zinc, which can reduce the risk of progression to advanced macular degeneration.

In patients with advanced macular degeneration in one eye, the risk for progression to advanced disease in the other eye can be reduced by taking antioxidant and zinc supplements. 

Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS)

AREDS found that people with intermediate macular degeneration or advanced macular degeneration in one eye only, reduced their risk of advanced Age Related Macular Degeneration by about 25% and associated loss of vision by 19% by taking high levels of antioxidants and zinc. No benefit was shown in those with no or early age related macular degeneration.

The AREDS formula contained vitamin C 500mg, vitamin E 400 IU, beta-carotene 15mg, zinc 80mg and copper 2mg. As beta-carotene has been associated with an increased risk of cancer in smokers, it has been removed from many formulas, including Macu-Vision. This is supported by the Macular Degeneration Foundation.

Macu-Vision needs to be taken TWICE daily to provide the daily dose of vitamin and minerals (minus the beta-carotene) used in AREDS. 

Wet Age Related Macular Degeneration Treatment

There are a number of treatments available for wet macular degeneration. They do not cure the disease but aim to stabilise and maintain the best vision for as long as possible. In some cases these treatments can improve vision.

In wet macular degeneration, an excessive growth of blood vessels causes bleeding, leakage and scarring under the retina. This bleeding results in rapid and severe loss of central vision. A protein called Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) is responsible for the development of the blood vessels. To try and block the effect and growth of these blood vessels, anti-VEGF drugs, which act as an antibody, are injected into the eye cavity.

Lucentis® (ranibizumab)

Lucentis is an anti-VEGF drug used to treat wet age related macular degeneration. It is currently the treatment of choice for wet age related macular degeneration in Australia. It is administered as a monthly injection into the eye cavity. The gain in visual acuity is evident at one month and increases for 3 months with vision maintained for two years. Studies showed that 90 to 95% of patients maintained their vision and about 30% had improved vision.

Retaane® (anecortave acetate)

Retaane is indicated for wet age related macular degeneration and works by stopping or slowing down the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the eye. It is administered as an injection under the eyelid using a specially designed needle to access the back of the eye. It is given as a depot injection as a single dose, and may be repeated 6 monthly if indicated. 

Visudyne® Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

PDT is a two-step process where Visudyne (verteporfin) is given via IV infusion followed by light activation in the eye from a cold laser. Several treatments are needed to keep the leaking blood vessels closed and stop the progression of wet age related macular degeneration. It is now rarely used. 

Prevention: Lifestyle

Smoking cessation has the most profound effect on risk reduction, as smoking doubles the risk for progression of age related macular degeneration. Maintaining a healthy weight and regular exercise is also recommended. 

Prevention: Diet and Supplements

Diet is important in reducing the risk of age related macular degeneration and slowing its progression. In general a healthy diet containing fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables and fish is recommended for eye health. Although eating a balanced diet is the best way to obtain nutrients, the high doses of antioxidants required to slow age related macular degeneration progression is impractical to get from diet alone and supplementation is recommended. 

Omega-3 fatty acids are important to eye health. All fish and shellfish contain omega-3s but higher concentrations are found in oily varieties of fish such as salmon, mackerel, anchovies, trout, herring and sardines. If you don’t have 2-3 serves of fish a week, consider an omega-3 supplement. 

Foods rich in carotenoids may lower the risk of wet age related macular degeneration. Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids that are present in high concentrations in a healthy macula. Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in particularly high levels in dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and silver beet. They are present in a range of other vegetables as well such as peas, pumpkin, brussels sprouts, broccoli, corn and beans. If your diet is deficient in fresh fruit and vegetables, consider a supplement. 

Bilberry contains anthocyanosides and is marketed to support the health of the retina and improve night vision. While bilberry is a useful antioxidant, there is no evidence that it reduces the risk of age related macular degeneration or slows it progression. 

For those with intermediate age related macular degeneration or advanced age related macular degeneration in one eye only, taking an AREDS formula (minus the beta-carotene) such as Macu-Vision twice daily is recommended.

For more information about macular degeneration, visit the Macular Degeneration Foundation.  http://www.mdfoundation.com.au/ 

Kaye Hazel