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Save the date for an extraordinary & exclusive experience.
Limited to only 25 participants!
Dr. Thomas Rau and the Paracelsus Academy warmly invite you to join us for an immersive experience in Switzerland, France & Germany
October 26th – November 2nd 2015.
Fly into Zurich airport on the morning of October 26th and spend two days at the Paracelsus Clinic personally learning from Dr. Rau and his team. Increase your knowledge as a physician and become well versed in the latest and the greatest cutting edge techniques that are being used with patients.
From there travel to the Ceres factory where some of the world’s finest botanicals are cultivated. We will have a private tour and witness the beauty and the magic of the plants.
We will then have a wonderful overnight in the charming town of Strausbourg, France.
Next we head to Baden-Baden for three nights and the famous medicine week congress. Here you will meet the top leaders in the field of European biological medicine as well as the top distributors of remedies and diagnostic tools. When your mind is so full of new information we will take breaks and enjoy the famous baths at Caracalla Therme as well as fine dining at the beautiful Schloss Eberstein castle and if you’re feeling lucky a trip to the black-tie only casino.
The tour will then head back to Switzerland via the lovely town of Basel finally ending up back in Zurich where our journey began. Flights can be booked home from Zurich airport in the afternoon of November 2nd at 2pm and later.
The tour will be personally guided by Dr. Sharon Stills, NMD. She is thrilled to have this opportunity to act as your guide and take you on an experience that she has taken herself which in her opinion is what transformed her understanding and practice of medicine and contributed to her extremely successful medical practice here in the states. “The connections I have made in Europe have set me apart from other physicians allowing me to offer unique treatments that very few are offering here in the states enabling me to get results with patients when other physicians are stuck”.
The tour includes all your hotel rooms, all transportation costs and tips from the afternoon of October 26th until the morning of November 2nd, most meals, guided tour at Ceres, entrance fees to medicine week, the Caracalla Therme, the Schloss Castle, walking tour in Strausbourg and all lectures.
The tour does not include your airfare or any associated costs with flight, beverages, entrance fee to casino or gambling money.
The exact price of the tour is being calculated currently to make it most affordable for all of you and will be available very soon. In the meantime if you are willing to take your medical knowledge and practice to the next level please contact Dr. Sharon Stills at 520-308-5040 or via email at email@example.com to secure a spot or ask any questions you may have. This trip will be a once in a lifetime experience to learn from Dr. Thomas Rau, the top European Biological Medicine physician as well as meet like-minded physicians from all over the world and make connections that will last long after the trip is finished. Join us for a unique European holiday while growing your knowledge and capacity as a practitioner – a winning combination and a tax write off too!!!
Keynote Speech: Inflammation: A Women’s Health Approach
Workshop I: Calming Inflammation: Changing the Microbiome with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet
Pamela Ferro, RN ASN, and Raman Prasad, authors of The SCD for Autism and ADHD: A Reference and Dairy-Free Cookbook for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet will explain how dietary change can decrease inflammation, not only for serious digestive issues, but also conditions such as eczema, autism, ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders. This workshop will explain the diet and demonstrate how these food changes can be implemented even into the busiest of schedules.
Pamela Ferro is a co-founder of Hopewell Associates, a nurse-run practice in southern Massachusetts. For over a decade, Pam has treated hundreds of children using the Specific Carbohydrate Diet-Dairy Free™ (SCD-DF) – most of whom have made tremendous strides forward in their cognition, behavior, and overall health. She has worked in collaboration with The Johnson Center for Child Health and
Raman Prasad founded scdrecipe.com in 1998, after regaining his health through the Specific Carbohydrate Diet™. It includes hundreds of SCD recipes, news items, and other relevant information about this dietary protocol. Prasad is the author of the memoir Colitis & Me: A Story of Recovery (2003) that chronicles his life with crippling ulcerative colitis from ages 17 to 24, and how he ultimately found the SCD. Additionally, he has written two cookbooks: Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (Fair Winds Press, 2008) and Adventures in the Family Kitchen (2005).
Workshop II: An Osteopath’s Approach to Inflammation
Dr. Athina Giovanis owner of Ocean State Osteopathic Medicine in Providence will guide workshop attendees through the philosophy and science of osteopathy and explore how understanding the body’s neuromusculoskeletal system, drainage and exercise influence inflammation.
Workshop III: Treating Inflammation with Herbal Medicine
Herbalist and Ethnobotonist Kerry Hughes will present on the use of herbs for inflammation. She will include clinical substantiation of the use of herbs in her presentation and also guiding theories in which herbs are used ultimately to address the same issue; i.e. constitutional theory supporting organ systems which also addresses inflammation. Hughes, a teacher at the Herbal Academy of New England, has authored several books including The Incense Bible, The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements, and Botanical Medicines: The Desk Reference for Major Herbal Supplements.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
8:30am - 12:00pm
Tickets are $25 and space is limited.
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*all registrations are non-refundable
About the Connector Series:
The Connector Series is a new initiative to connect Marion Institute programs, conference topics, and local interest and ideas into a workshop and lecture series throughout the year.
by Zoe Hansen-DiBello - Grow Education Coordinator
Did you know that Carney Academy public school in the heart of New Bedford had a greenhouse? It hasn't been used by students in over 20 years but that will all change next month. The greenhouse has been gaining support and excitement among teachers, families and the community these last few months. The renovation started with a beautiful new floor, donated and installed by CertaPro Painters of Fairhaven. Teachers are eagerly signing up their students to start seedlings and a team of this year's Leadership SouthCoast cohort has chosen Carney's greenhouse revival as their community project and the support keeps growing!
To make the revitalization even more exciting, Grow Education would like to help beautify the space with some local art. Just a month ago I met Tracy Silva Barbosa, a native New Bedford Artist whose paintings and glass sculptures are collected world wide. Tracy has also fallen in love with the potential in Carney's Greenhouse Project and wants to contribute her gift to create an original illuminated mural. This would be a benchmark work of true art and its beauty will reverberate far wider than just the school walls - a first of its kind in New Bedford.
To complete this magical community-inspired project, we need your help. Visit the project's Go Fund Me website for more information about the Carney Greenhouse Project, Tracy and support her efforts in any way you can. All contributors over $250 will have the option to have their name sandblasted on a glass panel of the greenhouse wall and join us for the grand opening in June! Help us make reach our goal with a gift today!
by Dr. Kurt Tischhauser | Paracelsus Clinic, Switzerland
You have surely heard controversial statements regarding the necessary or even unnecessary intake (supplementation) of vitamins. Is there ever really a shortage? Or why do we need more vitamins now than in the past? After all, we eat enough "vitamin-rich" foods! The answer is very clear: "Yes - we need them!"
What are vitamins and what effect do they have?
Vitamins translated is "life substances", which makes it abundantly clear that we cannot survive without them.
Vitamins cannot be produced by the body itself, we have to rely directly on the intake from food - provided that it contains enough! The exception is vitamin D3, which is formed in the skin by the sun's rays from cholesterol, stored transiently in the liver and then activated in the kidneys. There are no cells and no metabolic processes which do not rely on vitamins.
Here is an overview in brief:
· Vitamin A
Contained in carrots, potatoes, milk, eggs and liver.
Important for vision, bone growth, skin and mucosal protection, production of immune system antibodies
· Vitamin B complex (B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12)
Found in animal products (applies especially to B12), but also in nuts, lentils and yeast.
Our nerves only work properly with vitamin B, it promotes detoxification and is essential for blood and hormone production
· Vitamin C
Contained primarily in citrus fruits, green vegetables and salads. Arguably the most powerful detoxifying agent for liver and kidney, enormously important for strengthening the immune system, protects endogenous substances against damage and "aging" (antioxidant effect)
· Vitamin D
About 90% of the demand is (or rather should be) formed via UV radiation in the skin, and only 10% comes from food (fish, eggs, liver and cheese). Who does not remember cod liver oil in the winter time ...
D3 is important for bone formation, activation of the immune system, muscles and brain
· Vitamin E
Particularly found in sunflower seeds, wheat germ, safflower oil and potatoes.
Prevents the formation of thrombi (blood clots), protects blood, nerve, and muscle cells (= antioxidant), necessary for preserving fertility
· Vitamin K
There is a vitamin K from plant (spinach, cabbage, broccoli, green tea) sources and one derived from animal (liver) sources. Our intestine bacteria can synthesize a large part of one´s daily needs.
K1 is primarily responsible for blood clotting; a deficiency leads to an increased tendency to bleeding. K2 is important for bone metabolism.
We have been determining the vitamin content in blood for years and have primarily measured an increasing deficiency of vitamins D3 and B12!
The reasons for this are complex:
- for D3 due to insufficient tanning of the skin (one protects oneself against skin cancer with a high skin protection factor) and the skin's decreased synthesis capacity caused by environmental toxins
- for B12 due to the reduced content in animal products (in livestock itself and through storage and cooling), the generally reduced meat consumption and the lowered absorption in the intestine (our intestines suffer from the effects of pollution).
Measurably, we rarely find a deficiency of the other vitamins ... but we still recommend a moderate intake. Since our organism is increasingly burdened with environmental toxins, this leads to increased formation of body-damaging oxidative degradation products and free radicals. We can reduce these using vitamins, wich are "antioxidants" and also support the body.
Do we need thus additional vitamins, even if we eat well, because the need for "antioxidants" for "detoxification" has increased? Again, as always ... do not exaggerate, more is not always better ... but for those questions you've indeed to come to the right place!
If you would like more information or are interested in becoming a patient, please contact: Barbara Christian, Patient Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 774-553-5324.
Last spring the Paracelsus Clinic broke ground for an urgently needed addition to accommodate its growth. The addition will be able to accommodate 20% more patients. Things are moving along in a very positive direction. On July 11th, they will move into their new building and an official hoping will take place in August. Very exciting!!
To learn more about the Paracelsus Clinic or if you are interested in becoming a patient, please contact Barbara Christian, Patient Coordinator, at email@example.com or call (774) 553-5324.
by Abigail Haines Smith, Biological Medicine Network Manager
With longer daylight hours but brisk temperatures outdoors, March is the perfect month to start spring cleaning! On my list is the usual washing windows and cleaning floors, but most importantly, this is the time when I go through all of my bathroom cabinets to check ingredients and expiration dates, dispose of what I don’t use anymore and reorganize my shelves.
While many people understand the importance of eating organic to avoid chemicals and pesticides, most people do not think about their exposure to chemicals via personal care products. However, these should not be overlooked, because what we use – lotion, deodorant, make-up, sunblock, etc. – is absorbed by our largest organ, our skin, and contribute to our toxic load. In addition, many of these products have a negative environmental impact. Personal care products are highly unregulated and the FDA does not have a pre-approval process for most products.
Parabens are one of the main preservatives used in almost all personal care products. The most commonly found parabens in personal care products are methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, isobutyl-, butyl- and benzyl-paraben. Known hormone disruptors, parabens mimic our natural hormones, specifically estrogen, and have been connected with increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive problems in women, and decreased sperm counts, prostate and testicular cancer in men (care2.com).
Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea are additional synthetic preservatives that the American Academy of Dermatologists have established as the primary cause or contact dermatitis (organicconsumers.org).
Because most organic and natural products do not have preservatives, and may expire more quickly than their chemical-laden counterparts, my first step is always to check expiration dates. Organic and natural products can be expensive, so this step always reminds me to think about my next purchase before I make it and only buy what I really need. I also try to think of how I can re-use the container after the product runs out.
Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Hand Soap, Face and Body Wash:
The foaming agent in many of these products are Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). These commonly used surfactants are well-documented skin, lung and eye irritants. On the cellular level, “a condition known as protein denaturing is another result of exposure to SLS. The chemical structure forms a bridge between the fat and water soluble portions at the cellular level. This reduces or eliminates the cell’s ability to heal itself. Over time, the destruction of cellular tissue is irreversible. New protein is affected during the construction process and existing protein is damaged. When the protein is damaged, the body has to expend extra energy to try to heal the distressed cells" (slsfree.net). There are also concerns in the scientific community that it may have cancer-causing effects based on its interaction with other chemicals.
Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical, is a skin irritant and endocrine disrupter mimicking thyroid and reproductive hormones (huffingtonpost.com). In addition, studies show that triclosan may be contributing to antibacterial-resistant bacteria and “super germs.”
Under U.S. regulations, fragrances in cosmetics (which according to the FDA is, “anything applied to a person’s body to make the person more attractive”) do not need to be individually listed on labels and can be listed simply as Fragrance. This is because of an restriction in the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act. "This law is not allowed to be used to force a company to tell “trade secrets.” Fragrance and flavor formulas are complex mixtures of many different natural and synthetic chemical ingredients, and they are the kinds of cosmetic components that are most likely to be “trade secrets” (fda.gov).
Even products labelled “unscented” may have fragrances to mask the smell of other ingredients. Fragrance therefore, as a category is to difficult to define, as it includes complex and varied mixtures of chemical ingredients, but has been widely linked to allergic reactions, skin irritation and respiratory problems. I look for products that explicitly state that they do not contain synthetic fragrances or voluntarily list their individual components of their fragrance.
In addition to fragrance and parabens, products frequently contain phthalates, a group of chemicals known to be endocrine disrupters. The most commonly used phthalate in personal care products are diethyl- and dimethyl-phthalate, which have been linked to reproductive birth defects as well as an increased risk of breast cancer (sciencedaily.com and huffingtonpost.com). Because phthalates are commonly used in fragrances, they fall under the same labelling protections from the FDA and are frequently not listed on the ingredient lists.
Many exfoliating soaps and scrubs contain microbeads, tiny plastic pieces that are especially detrimental to the environment of our lakes, rivers and streams. These tiny beads are too small to be filtered out in the water treatment process and are ending up in our fresh water, where fish ingest them as they look like food. The plastics are killing fish and scientists suggest that the chemicals could be passed to humans and wildlife as well (npr.org).
There are many concerning ingredients in toothpaste. SLS (described above) and microbeads are frequently in toothpaste, advertised to increase the cleaning and scrubbing power. Functionally, toothpaste just needs to be a paste, but because of the commonly included SLS, most of us expect our toothpaste to create foam or lather when we brush.
Another hotly debated issue is the inclusion of fluoride in almost all toothpastes in the mainstream market. I personally choose not to use toothpaste with fluoride but do understand that it does kill enzymes in the mouth that can contribute to tooth decay. More information about this discussion is available here.
The concerns over sunscreen and sunblock are two-fold, as the active ingredients in most commercial products have been shown to cause health problems and there is a growing debate over whether the public health crisis of Vitamin D deficiency is caused in some part by limited sun exposure.
In addition to often containing the chemicals already discussed, sunscreen and sunblock frequently contain two or more of the following chemicals: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Some of the health effects linked to these chemicals include allergic reactions, hormone disruption, increased risk of endometriosis and decrease in sperm production (ewg.org). The Environmental Working Group website has a very good list of the active ingredient toxicities of these chemicals.
Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is now considered a global public-health problem, affecting an estimated 1 billion people worldwide and resulting in increases in many diseases including rickets, osteomalacia, skeletal diseases, metabolic disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, infections and cognitive disorders (medicinenet.com). Our body needs sunlight in order to produce Vitamin D. Our culture is increasingly spending more time indoors and when we do go outside we are fearful of developing skin cancer, so apply sunscreen. Therefore our skin rarely is exposed to the sun's rays.
Personally, when spending time outdoors, I expose my skin to the sun for about 20 minutes and then either find shade, put on a hat and cover-up - or if I can’t help but be in the sun, apply a mineral-based sunscreen.
Also used in other personal care products, synthetic colors and dyes are very common in makeup and cosmetics. Synthetic colors are labelled FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and number. Synthetic colors have been linked to cancer as well as ADHD in children (organicconsumer.org and huffingtonpost.com)
Important to note, in addition to the chemicals previously discussed, an increasing number of foundations, lip balms and powders now include sunscreen as an active ingredient.
Nail polish specifically is made up of some surprisingly dangerous chemicals including formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor and dibutyl phthalate, a mix of toxic chemicals known to be carcinogenic and have detrimentally effects on immune, respiratory and nervous system functions (rawlifecoaching.com). While we are not necessarily “absorbing” these chemicals through our skin as we do with other personal care products, many women absent-mindedly put their fingers near their mouth or may even bite their fingernails while wearing nail polish. I became especially concerned with nail polish chemicals watching my now 10 year old niece’s interest in nail polish begin at just a 3 years old when she still put her fingers into her mouth frequently.
Deodorant vs. Antiperspirants:
Many of the chemicals explained above are also in most deodorants and antiperspirants, including high amounts of frangrances. The difference between the two products is that deodorant neutralizes or masks armpit odor, while antiperspirant containing aluminum, clogs your pores so that you do not sweat. Dr. Joseph Mercola explains, “Not only does this block one of your body's routes for detoxification (releasing toxins via your underarm sweat), but it raises concerns about where these metals are going once you roll them (or spray them) on” (mercola.com). Studies have shown an increase in aluminum in the breasts of women with breast cancer, causing discussion of whether antiperspirant may increase your chance of developing breast cancer. Dr. Mercola’s article provides a great review of this argument.
These are some of my quick tips and are by no means an exhaustive list of all of the potential harmful chemicals. The Environmental Working Group’s SkinDeep website is a wonderful resource to research the ingredients in your favorite products.
Read the ingredients when you dispose. Most organic products can be composted or flushed down the toilet. However, if the product has chemicals, you don’t want it to end up in your septic tank and leech into the ground water and soil, so unfortunately the trash is the only option.
Rinse containers and try to think of alternate uses for the bottles and jars. For example, I find a lot of use in the garden, using shampoo bottles and spray bottles to mix and apply natural pest control or fertilizers and small jars to save seeds. If you can’t find a second use for your container, check for a recycling symbol and dispose of accordingly.
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