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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Step #3 - Eat Plants. What About Animals?


Should we eat plants or animals? Or both? What is the healthiest diet - vegetarian (eat plants only) or omnivore (eat both plants and animal products)? Being such a widely discussed and sometimes hotly debated topic these days, I'd like to shed some light and offer some advice.

Someone once said, it is best to eat mostly wild plants, and I tend to agree. The more wild the plants, the more phytonutrients, minerals, and vitamins they contain, which ultimately affects the genetic expression in our bodies. We truly are what we eat. Whether we grow plants in a garden, buy food from a farmer's market, or harvest wild plants, it is worth the extra effort to add wild plants to our healthy diet.

Hormesis is a technical way of saying that an organism responds to small stressors by becoming stronger in order to adapt to a challenging environment. Ever heard the phrase, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger? So it is with wild plants. Wild plants are considered the edible plant "gold standard" because they have succeeded in surviving the stressors of their natural environment, which makes them nutrient rich. Wild plants, when eaten raw, cause a healthier stress response in our bodies at the genetic expression level. If our gut can handle eating these wild raw plants, it goes a long way toward fighting stress in our bodies for the long term.

A 2010 study determined the top 100 richest foods in polyphenols, and the top 10 are:

    Cloves
    Star anise
    Cocoa powder
    Dried Mexican oregano
    Celery seed
    Black chokeberry
    Dark chocolate (BEFORE sugar is added to it ;)
    Flaxseed meal
    Black elderberry
    Chestnut


Personally, I like to include a lot of herbs and plants that were also in the top 100, including sage, rosemary, spearmint, thyme, basil, curry, and coffee (BTW, I'd really only recommend mold-free coffee).

People who have leaky gut or other gut issues may not tolerate a lot of raw food. For example, kale can generally be healthy, but eating too much raw kale can overwhelm a leaky gut. Variety in the plants we consume is very important, as is whether we cook our food or consume it raw. If raw is not tolerated, a good place to begin is by lightly steaming it, or if severe leaky gut, then likely best to make a stew. As our leaky gut heals, we can gradually progress from cooking or steaming it less, toward eating raw food, and therefore reaping the greatest benefits.  Too much cold raw food in the winter time also tends to put strain on the body, so that is a good time of year to eat stews and warm our food.

Blue zones are where people live the longest, and there are many blue zones throughout the world. People living in blue zones tend to eat a lot of plants (mostly wild plants), but they do eat some animal products in all but one blue zone. Eggs, cheese, fish, sheep, and goat are fairly common, but they don't consume a lot of red meat animal products on a regular basis. When they do consume animal products, they take a "whole animal" approach, including organ meats, bone broth, bone marrow, etc. (Yes, literally the edible parts of the animal from the nose to the tail!)

Meat quality is very important too. Animals that are grass fed, free range, antibiotic-free, and consume their natural pesticide-free wild diet are the healthiest meat sources and produce the highest quality animal products. On the other hand, meat from your standard local grocery store is totally different than the meat consumed by people in the blue zones. It is what I consider the poorest quality meat out there (and shouldn't even be sold as edible "food" in my opinion) - it is mainly muscle meat and contains almost none of the nutritional benefits or overall nutritional balance gained from the whole wild type animal products.

I hope the information provided here will help you make educated decisions about the foods you eat. Food is information that will cause your genes to express your destiny.  Your fork decides your fate :)

Enjoy the video, and as always, please feel free to pass this along!






Medical Disclaimer: Information provided in this article is for informational purposes only. The information is a result of years of practice and experience by Yoshi Rahm, DO. However, this information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or another healthcare professional, or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging.

Do not use the information provided in this article for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing medication or other treatment. Always speak with your physician or another healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider promptly. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking professional advice because of something you have read in this email.

Information provided in this article and the use of any products or services related to this article by you DOES NOT create a doctor-patient relationship between you and Yoshi Rahm, DO. or any other physician featured in this article. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Two events you don't want to miss!


Just a reminder of two free events coming up - I strongly encourage you to attend!
The Toxic Mold Summit started TODAY! Don't miss these amazing experts teaching you about the effects of mold, mycotoxins and recovering your health!

It could be mold toxicity if you are, or someone you know is suffering from sinus infections, bronchitis and migraines; weakened by gut issues, brain fog, fatigue, neurologic symptoms; constantly challenged with sleep issues; enduring terrible mood swings, anxiety and/or depression; reacting to chemicals, smells, foods, medications and more! All reasons not to miss The Toxic Mold Summit.

And get Dr. Christensen's vital eGuide, Got Mold, Now What?, and discover how to identify symptoms and diseases associated with toxic mold! Exposure to toxic molds from water damaged buildings is very, very common (and completely underdiagnosed). At least 50% of homes and 60% of commercial buildings -- churches, schools, dorms as well as office buildings, even your car -- have had some kind of water issue! #ToxicMoldProject
Free Community Event on Monday, February 11 @ 6pm: Moving from Pain to Empowerment: A Body-Centered Approach to Healing and Self-Leadership with Tarnie Fulloon, Transformational Therapist
Join Tarnie Fulloon as she takes you through her signature healing BodyFreedom™ method to heal and awaken your Inner Leader, guiding you to optimal health. Getting to the root cause of a problem, both physical and emotional can be a significant revelation. While drugs, investigative tests, surgery, bodywork, affirmations, energy techniques and more are helpful, often the deeper unconscious issue has not been addressed.
From her experience, your pain, anxiety, gut aches, and many other body symptoms are:
  • affected by your emotional, psychological and spiritual relationship to your inner self and how you inhabit your body.
  • is often related to events that happened earlier in your life that have become unconscious.
  • has information for you that is stored in your body that is life-changing.
When a person takes time to connect into their "pain" and the underlying message unveils, this brings greater awareness to the issue and creates a transformation. A new way of being.
In this workshop you will experience Tarnie's BodyFreedom™ Process that takes you into your body to uncover what is being held unconsciously and assist you in anchoring and connecting to your inner intelligence to support you in your healing. The body is a powerful healer when we bring awareness to what needs to be healed. It is when the deeper truth is revealed that you receive the relief you have been longing for. Watch Tarnie's TEDxWomen presentation here. For more info and to RSVP, click here.
Have a great week, and as always, please feel free to pass this along!


Medical Disclaimer: Information provided in this article is for informational purposes only. The information is a result of years of practice and experience by Yoshi Rahm, DO. However, this information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or another healthcare professional, or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging.

Do not use the information provided in this article for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing medication or other treatment. Always speak with your physician or another healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider promptly. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking professional advice because of something you have read in this email.

Information provided in this article and the use of any products or services related to this article by you DOES NOT create a doctor-patient relationship between you and Yoshi Rahm, DO. or any other physician featured in this article. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Step #2 - The Right Way to Eat Grains & Legumes


Welcome to Step #2 in my series 12 Basic Steps for Anti-Aging Your Brain :)

MYTH: Grains and legumes should not be consumed as part of a healthy diet.

TRUTH: When prepared properly, grains and legumes are nutrient-dense health foods and actually provide a wealth of gut-healing fiber.

There are many popular paleo and plant paradox diets out there today - too many to choose from IMO - and they are wrongly advising people to stay away from grains, beans, and legumes without telling the whole story. It is true that grains and legumes can cause some health issues when they are not prepared properly. However, using the proper preparation method (i.e. soaking, sprouting and fermenting) changes the composition of these foods into a nutrient-dense source of vitamins and amino acids.

Most people (AND most restaurants) unfortunately do not properly prepare grains and legumes to transform them into slow-releasing, low-glycemic, gut-healing fiber, and thus avoiding huge sugar spikes. Since many people suffer from leaky gut or inflamed gut (microscopic holes in your intestines allowing seepage into your bloodstream creating antibodies and causing autoimmune disease plus a myriad of health conditions), consuming improperly prepared grains and legumes only compounds these health issues. Kind of like starting a fire and trying to put it out with gasoline.... YIKES!

Common sense takes a page from people living in longevity centers and blue zones around the world. The people who live the longest tend to consume properly prepared grains and legumes as part of a healthy diet. The key here is when properly prepared by soaking, sprouting and fermenting. These super-nutritious foods actually aid the body in self-healing and maintaining overall good health for the long term. VERY GOOD!

Good choices for organic, non-gmo, soaked and sprouted beans and legumes include:
  • chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • lentils
  • peas
  • kidney beans
  • black beans
  • soybeans
  • pinto beans
  • navy beans
  • mung beans
  • among others
Dr. Yoshi does NOT recommend Peanuts.  Too moldy.  Basically never healthy!!!

Good choices for organic, non-gmo slow-releasing carbs:
  • sweet potato
  • yam
  • carrot
  • beet
  • parsnip
  • taro root
  • quinoa (soaked & sprouted)
  • buckwheat (soaked & sprouted)
  • among others
(Note: The lentils used in Dr. Yoshi's video were 'Truroots Organic Sprouted Lentil Trio' and can be purchased from Thrive Market online or from many health food stores.)

My advice to you is this: Educate yourself. Don't give in to conventional wisdom and the naysayers on this topic. Do the research. Find the best ways to prepare grains and legumes (I highly recommend soaking, sprouting and fermenting) so you can include them in your healthy diet and reap the benefits of these nutrient-dense foods. In other words, don't throw out the baby with the bath water!

Enjoy the video, and as always, please feel free to pass this along!




Medical Disclaimer: Information provided in this article is for informational purposes only. The information is a result of years of practice and experience by Yoshi Rahm, DO. However, this information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or another healthcare professional, or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging.

Do not use the information provided in this article for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing medication or other treatment. Always speak with your physician or another healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider promptly. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking professional advice because of something you have read in this email.

Information provided in this article and the use of any products or services related to this article by you DOES NOT create a doctor-patient relationship between you and Yoshi Rahm, DO. or any other physician featured in this article. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Dr. Yoshi's 12 Basic Steps for Anti-Aging Your Brain

This is the first in a series of videos I will be doing over the next few weeks called Dr. Yoshi's 12 Basic Steps for Anti-Aging Your Brain. I will be reviewing various factors that affect our brain, how we age, and our overall health.

In Step #1, I'm going to discuss packaged and processed foods. Are all packaged and processed foods unhealthy? How do they affect our long term health? How do they fit into a healthy lifestyle? How can we stop or reduce our consumption of these types of foods? What if we can't avoid these types of foods? Those are all good questions, and I have a few suggestions that can help along the way.


While health food stores have improved upon the usual processed foods we purchase from our neighborhood grocery, they still can contain things that aren't good for us. While most of us can't (or won't ;) cut out packaged and processed foods completely, we can educate ourselves and be more aware of ingredients that should be avoided. We all want to enjoy what we are eating, but it's wise to make sure it has good nutritional value. Being consciously aware of what we are putting into our bodies keeps us on the right path to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So my advice to you is... read the label! And then decide :)

Two ingredients to avoid as much as possible are sugars and vegetable oils. NEWSFLASH: Organic cane sugar isn't actually healthy. It is better than corn syrup, but it's still sugar. Many foods contain processed sugar in some form, so checking the ingredients for hidden forms of sugar or 'healthy' forms of sugar will help keep us on track. As I have said before, I consider vegetable oils to be a bigger problem than sugar. Sunflower oil, canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, 'vegetable oil', peanut oil, cottonseed oil, and safflower oil can and will do harm to our bodies. And even once we quit consuming these oils, it can take a long time (months or even years) for our bodies to eliminate them from our system. So, get an oil change by purchasing foods that use healthier oils from coconut, avocado, ghee, high-quality pastured animal fats, or unheated olive oil.

So what do people who have great health and longevity tend to indulge in for those "guilty pleasures?" They consume foods that are naturally rich and healthy and high in nutritional value. Things like mold-free wine (disclosure: Dr. Yoshi does receive a small percentage as an affiliate, but this is the wine he mainly drinks when he does and it's what he'd recommend regardless) or pastured raw natural cheeses or organic fruit and nuts, to name a few.

One thing to consider is what triggers our reactions when dealing with what we put in our mouth. Pretty packaging can be pretty persuasive when we are in a vulnerable state (hungry, tired, stressed, unhappy). It is a good habit to pause, take a breath (or two), read the label (especially when shopping), and consider identifying the emotional state why we are choosing that food... and then we can make an informed conscious decision.

Don't get me wrong, it's okay to indulge in those guilty pleasures every so often, as long as it is in moderation and with conscious consideration. We're only human after all, right? Whether we choose to have "cheat days" or "cheat weekends" or some other conscious indulgence plan, it's best to actually HAVE a plan to avoid the guilt that comes later. That way, it's a bit easier to manage those times when we do indulge, knowing that it is okay too.

I hope this video series serves you well... Be on the lookout for Step #2 coming soon :)

Enjoy the video below, and as always, please feel free to pass this along!




Medical Disclaimer: Information provided in this article is for informational purposes only. The information is a result of years of practice and experience by Yoshi Rahm, DO. However, this information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or another healthcare professional, or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging.

Do not use the information provided in this article for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing medication or other treatment. Always speak with your physician or another healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider promptly. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking professional advice because of something you have read in this email.

Information provided in this article and the use of any products or services related to this article by you DOES NOT create a doctor-patient relationship between you and Yoshi Rahm, DO. or any other physician featured in this article. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

What's your "one thing" for 2019?



I hope your 2019 is off to a great start. And I'd like to share something that will make it even better - our holistic health coach, Tracy Leventhal, shares her top 3 picks for lasting change you can start doing today. Enjoy!

What's your "one thing" for 2019?

Leave overwhelm behind and start 2019 off one thing at a time! 

Get inspired to pick your "one thing" and build upon your successes as you are ready. Need inspiration or guidance along your journey? Call the office today at 818-957-6909 to schedule a Health Coach appointment. 

Happy New Year!

Enjoy the video below, and as always, please feel free to pass this along!





Medical Disclaimer: Information provided in this article is for informational purposes only. The information is a result of years of practice and experience by Yoshi Rahm, DO. However, this information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or another healthcare professional, or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging.

Do not use the information provided in this article for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing medication or other treatment. Always speak with your physician or another healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider promptly. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking professional advice because of something you have read in this email.

Information provided in this article and the use of any products or services related to this article by you DOES NOT create a doctor-patient relationship between you and Yoshi Rahm, DO. or any other physician featured in this article. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.