As the holiday season continues, try a short detox to let your body recover!!
"Whether a substance or action is a food, a medicine, or a poison to the body/mind depends on the circumstances in which it is taken," says Dr. Robert Svoboda, a renowned Ayurvedic physician and teacher. Use this guide to drink the right tea at the right time.
Morning: Warm, spicy herbs with bitter and astringent secondary flavors are best for early in the day. Chai is a good choice, as is tulsi mixed with ginger and green or black tea. If you’re congested, try ginger tea with lemon, raw honey, and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne.
Midday: Choose cool herbs with a sweet taste and bitter and astringent secondary tones. If you’re cold or weak, drink ginger or tulsi [holy basil] tea. Lemon is a wonderful digestive tea; add mint if you feel irritable or overheated, and drink at room temperature. For a scratchy throat, try licorice tea.
Late Afternoon, Early Evening: Drink teas with sweet, sour, or salty flavors. Skip stimulants. Yogi Tea, or “Vata Tea,” which includes licorice and a small dose of ginger and cardamom is beneficial. Other options: tulsi/Gotu Kola (a cooling herb) tea with raw honey, hot almond milk with a pinch of nutmeg, or miso (made from fermented soybean).
Bedtime: Try tulsi or chamomile, two soothing teas that will calm you down before sleep.
These photos are hauntingly beautiful.
They remind me of the season of Autumn (metal) as it turns to Winter (water). There’s a spaciousness to these abandonned places that lends itself to how we might experience those seasons.
We believe that the new guidelines are not adequately supported by objective data, and that statins should not be recommended for this vastly expanded class of healthy Americans. Instead of converting millions of people into statin customers, we should be focusing on the real factors that undeniably reduce the risk of heart disease: healthy diets, exercise and avoiding smoking. Patients should be skeptical about the guidelines, and have a meaningful dialogue with their doctors about statins, including what the evidence does and does not show, before deciding what is best for them.
I’d like to talk about what this means, as a women’s health psychiatrist, for my people — women, in America, suffering from depression, anxiety, and symptoms of mental illness. Several times a week, I “discuss” (euphemism) with colleagues, including integrative doctors, the fact that I do not want a single one of my patients on statins, for any reason, ever.
. Over the past 5 years, statin prescriptions in the U.S. have grown 20 percent to 264 million a year (a shockingly high number in a country with a population of 314 million). Total global sales of cholesterol-lowering medications, including statins, were $35 billion in 2012. Statin sales amounted to $29 billion worldwide and $10 billion in the U.S. (7) Those are enormous figures. In fact, statin drug sales account for approximately 10% of all drugs sold in the U.S., with a single statin (Lipitor) generating almost $8 billion in sales alone. (8) I think it’s pretty safe to say that drug companies are making a killing selling statins.
30 years ago the then-CEO of Merck (Harry Gadsen) told Fortune Magazine that he wanted Merck to be more like chewing gum maker Wrigley’s. It had long been Gadsen’s dream to make drugs for healthy people so that Merck could “sell to everyone”. (9) If implemented, these new cholesterol guidelines would certainly help Gadsen’s vision to become a reality.