|Al Sears, MD
12794 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 16
Wellington, FL 33414
January 17, 2008
Do you eat those health food bars?
I don’t know if you’ve ever stopped to read the ingredients in any of the protein bars, power bars, energy bars, and the likes, but they are anything but healthy. They usually have high-fructose corn syrup, trans fat, sodium, empty carbs and artificial flavors and colors.
There are much healthier alternatives to choose from that will not only hold you over between meals but will also provide heart healthy omega 3′s, antioxidants, and cancer fighting nutrients.
One of my favorite healthy snacks are nuts, especially almonds.They are high in protein and fill you up. They also provide you with essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, potassium, fiber and calcium that help you build a stronger heart, bones and digestive system.
Pumpkin seeds are another healthy snack packed full of powerful nutrients. Just ¼ cup gives you almost ½ your daily requirement for magnesium1, which helps control blood sugar and in turn can speed up fat loss. Pumpkin seeds also contain protein, omega 3s, zinc, and plant sterols that help strengthen your heart, bones, and immune system and prevent prostate enlargement.
If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, reach for a handful of dried cranberries. The powerful antioxidants found in cranberries can protect against heart disease and cancer. They also contain resveratrol, which can improve blood flow by slowing down the buildup of platelets in blood vessels.2 And, it also strengthens your immune system and helps reduce inflammation.
With all these healthy benefits, almonds, pumpkin seeds and cranberries truly are guilt-free foods. If you’re looking for a quality source of all three, you will be able to find them in my new Primal Snacks. They’re easy to eat on the go, will fill you up until your next meal and give you the natural energy you need to make it through your day.
Primal Snacks are not ready quite yet, but will be very soon…I will keep you posted.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD
1 The World’s Healthiest Foods – Pumpkin Seeds: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage
2 Al Sears MD, Doctor’s House Call 46: Remarkable Anti-Aging Power
A short video. This is so beautiful, so inspiring! A great tool on the secret journey of realizing our dreams! Click on the link, scroll down a little and start dreaming…
I got goosebumps reading this Story of the Week on Joan Wester Anderson’s website about miracles! I love how this story depicts so perfectly how dreams come to bless and inspire us. Enjoy!
During the summer of 1982, Kaye Terry’s beloved grandmother’s battle with cancer reached its peak. “This was an extremely difficult summer for me,” Kaye says. “I was going through a divorce, my daughter was taken across state lines and my parents were going back and forth from their home in Texas to me in Georgia, to my grandmother’s farm in Kentucky.” Everything was in an uproar.
“One night I had a vivid dream of a particular field on my grandparents’ farm in Kentucky,” Kaye says. “My grandmother was walking across the field as a young woman. It was a beautiful spring morning, the breeze was blowing gently, the air smelled of the flowers and I could hear the barking of dogs. My grandmother was striding towards someone coming out of the trees—it looked like my grandfather—when she stopped and turned to face me.
“Everything is going to be okay,” Kaye’s grandmother said to her in the dream. “Your daughter will be returned to you safely, and I’ll be watching over you. Tell your mother that I love her very much.”
“She was surrounded by such a peace and calmness that I wanted to run and join her,” Kaye says. “But about that time, the dogs and the man had finally reached her. She turned and waved good-bye and reminded me again that she would be watching over me.” Slowly the dream ended.
The next morning, Kaye’s mother, who was in Texas at the time, called Kaye. “Mom,” Kaye said, “Grandmother died last night, and she said to tell you that she loved you.”
Kaye’s mother was astonished. “How did you know?” she asked. “I was calling to tell you that.” Kaye told her about the dream.
People often dismiss dreams as being nothing more than figments of our imaginations, or emotional debris. But God often communicates with us in dreams, and Kaye is certain that this experience was a true message. Why?
The man who came to greet her grandmother, Kaye is sure, was her grandfather, who had died thirteen years before. Kaye had never encountered him in a dream before this moment, or since. And in another endearing and personal touch, all of the dogs accompanying him were pets this couple had had during their marriage.
Kaye’s daughter was ultimately returned to her, and the two moved to Texas to be with Kaye’s parents. “I can still see my beloved Grandmother walking across the field as a young woman,” Kaye says today. “And in times of great turmoil or stress, I can feel her hand touching me softly, whispering in my ear and telling me that everything will be all right.” A message that heaven brings to us all.
If you believe in miracles, and angels, and enjoy reading stories about them, click here to go to Joan’s website for more!
In the third debate hosted by CNN, Mike Huckabee responded with great eloquence about his stand on creation, evolution, and God’s role in that process.
“There do seem to be some universal dream themes. Among the most common are not being prepared, such as for a test… being chased or attacked… and not being in control. The details of these dreams differ from culture to culture–the out-of-control car in your dream might be a runaway horse in a part of the world without cars — but the themes appear everywhere.
“Perhaps these dreams reflect something basic about the human condition,” says David Kahn, PhD researcher and instructor at Harvard University Medical School, Boston, and chair of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. www.asdreams.org “We all worry about being unprepared, being attacked and lacking control.”
Common dream themes are the result of common human concerns… concerns that anyone can have, but don’t always admit! Certain dreams simply reflect what you may be worried or concerned about. Once you identify what the underlying concern is — and address it — perhaps you won’t have that troublesome dream again.
That’s the positive way to deal with unpleasant dreams. Try to discover what it’s saying. If it’s saying “hey, you’re concerned about “such and such.” Then, you can reflect and hopefully resolve the concern by admitting it and then deciding a possible course of action on your part that will essentially resolve the issue. Think it through. Pray about it. Seek advice from a trusted friend if necessary. And, be willing to deal with this correctly, fairly and maturely.
The dream is there to let you know what’s going on within. Now, you can take the appropriate action. Sometimes it may be as simple as becoming aware; and now that you are, somehow the issue is resolved. Or perhaps it’s an issue that needs your forgiveness. So try that. Forgive the person or the situation and let go.
Finally, you’ve heard the old saying: “Let go and let God.” If it’s a concern you can’t do anything about, pray and ask God to handle it. Thank Him for that and then trust Him to do it. And remember… Faith sees the answer before it comes… Love, Ruthanna
Protect your dreams, and your health, by arming yourself with knowledge. A friend sent me the following in an e-mail which I’m now passing along to you… I warn you, it’s controversial. If you are not already aware of these things, you may be shocked and want to say “This can’t be true!” Let me say, I wish it were not. I hope it is not. But, if he’s right, let’s ask ourselves what we can do to first protect ourselves and then those we love and others. Herein, I present Dr. Brown’s observations and warnings for your consideration. I offer this without condemnation of the entities he mentions. In fact, we congratulate the Girl Scouts for their response to the truth; and we can only hope all of them will be alerted and take the appropriate action to protect the publics health and wellbeing. Lastly, it is my hope this information will motivate you to take care of yourself… and be well. Most sincerely, Ruthanna
Dr. Stephen A. Brown, PhD. writes:
Oftentimes, the average individual has no awareness of the machinations underlying the marketing of drugs to our population and the insidious contamination of our food supply by chemicals injurious to ourselves and our children. As an example, one can consider the recent decision of the Girl Scouts to modify their cookies and remove the dangerous trans fatty acids. For years, those of us knowledgeable about these machinations would not even consider allowing our children to either consume or sell such cookies.
You have no doubt recently heard about Vioxx and the many deaths attributed to it. In time, you will learn about mercury poisoning and the real dangers of mercury fillings or the presence of fluorinated water and the use of sodium laurel and laureth compounds in hair and tooth products. There are many more such dangerous chemicals that the average American unwittingly allows into the diet of their family. Further study will reveal for example the very real relationship of ingestions of soft drinks from aluminum cans and Coca Cola, as the belated awareness of the former practice of spraying for mosquitoes so compromised the health of a former generation.
There is so much more, even the unwarranted use of vaccinations forced upon our children and passively accepted as essential by so many who are completely unaware of the degree to which they compromise their immune systems and in part lead to the high incidence of obesity, diabetes and the many immune compromised disease categories often puzzling so many of my medical friends in their true desire to assist their patients. Only today, so many good citizens are being literally forced to reexamine their nutrient intake as they have become victims of their own ignorance and the greed based marketing paradigms of companies whose profit incentive supersedes any concern for the true impact of their products upon the health of the consumer.
One need only examine the tobacco and milk www.notmilk.com industries to realize this. After all, who would feel comfortable about drinking cow pus if they actually knew that is what they were drinking. Certainly, no parent would actually support the early development of sexual hormones and growth of body parts purposefully but do so unknowingly through their use of milk containing growth hormones and other substances used to increase agricultural profitability. In any case, there is much more available for any of us to research about this but we will soon realize that the words FDA Approved are no true guarantee of the safety of our family or the clear efficacy of a drug whose side effects are often far more life threatening than the condition they ostensibly alleviate. Of course, as indicated in the enclosed, one is wise to recognize that far too few individuals consider the consequences of their choices too far beyond their immediate benefit. Certainly, we have become increasingly aware, even over the past few years, that government does not always hold our own interests at the forefront of its choices.
This morning’s email is my gift to you. Too often personal or family crisis becomes the inspiration for an individual to delve further into the role he or she plays in their own health. I can recall my own childhood when my mother had no idea that she had been so mislead by the milk industry to even believe that the ingestion of milk resulted in strong bones through the calcium contained in it. Had she only know the difficulty of using such calcium and the resultant allergies it caused me. She was quick to believe the marketing propaganda about margarine which today many realize is fraught with dangers. In like fashion, many of you will discover the insidious nature of Splenda and the other so called sugar substitutes and how immune threatening they are to the lives and health of you and your family.
Happy reading of the below enclosure.. I would suggest, if you have further interest, looking into subscribing to Doctor Mercola’s newsletter, www.mercola.com/forms/subscribe.htm
David Kahn, PhD researcher and instructor at Harvard University Medical School, Boston, answers that question:
“When we sleep, some areas of our brain become more active while others become inactive. Thus, we’re able to access certain realistic memories and images, but we can’t always make the logical associations that go along with them. The nonsensical images in our dreams are our brain’s attempts to fill in these missing pieces.”
Nonsensical images may be only nonsensical at first. But, if this happens to be a dream in which God is attempting to send you a message, then you will no doubt discover after further consideration, that the nonsensical was symbolic. Once you understand what the symbolism represents, you then begin to understand the dream’s meaning for you.
Another thing to keep in mind is that a lot of mystery still surrounds this whole subject of dreams. That is why people, like Dr. David Kahn at Harvard University, continue to study dreams and dreamers. It is entirely possible that some dreams don’t make any sense because they don’t, and some are nonsensical because they are! In other words, maybe your stomach is upset because of something you ate before going to bed and that’s the cause of a silly, dumb or stupid dream.
Personally, I wouldn’t get too concerned about a nonsensical dream because there could be so many reasons for it. But, before I brushed it off, I would pray and ask God if there’s any kind of a message there, just in case. The good news is, if it was too symbolic for you and you need to hear it again, the message will come in a different dream. And, next time, it may be easier to interpret. God is Good and He’ll give you more chances to hear what He’s saying. “Sweet Dreams” Ruthanna
“Sleep paralysis while dreaming is perfectly normal. In fact, we would be at risk if we didn’t experience it. Our bodies become paralyzed during the dream stages of sleep to prevent us from physically acting out whatever we’re doing in our dreams. Without sleep paralysis, we might sleepwalk out a window or punch our spouse as we fight off a dream attacker. Medications are available for those who don’t always experience sleep paralysis naturally.
“Occasionally, sleep paralysis will continue momentarily after we wake up. This can be scary, but it generally lasts only a few seconds.”
Thank you, Dr. David Kahn, Harvard University Medical School, Boston.
Knowledge is power, and it is helpful to understand all that goes on during a dream, so we can relax and fully cooperate with the process. Apparently, sleep paralysis is nothing to fear, just something to understand. And now we do! “Sweet Dreams” Ruthanna