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Dr Seuss

Natural Health TipsDoctor Lynn Anderson

Monday, April 03, 2017

Stop Inflammation

What pet can lower inflammation while filling you up with good fiber? No, it’s not your cat! It’s a Chia Pet!

Beyond watching tiny little ceramic chia pets grow something green, chia seeds are a good source of fiber and are rich in antioxidants and ALA (alpha linoleic acid), the plant based omega-3 fatty acid. Because our diets are heavy I omega-6 (which causes inflammation and is at the heart of all dieses)) we need to balance it out with plenty of omega-3.  A chia seed it turns out delivers more omega-3 than flaxseed or hemp seed. Further chia delivers 11grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein.

Once a staple of the Aztec and Mayan culture these seeds have been rediscovered. Le Pain, a café in Los Angeles serves a chia muffin that is very good. This is where I first discovered Chia several years ago. Not only do they taste good, but they are good for you. Chia seeds have been shown to help manage blood sugar for diabetics, protect the heart and there are reports that they give runners and athletes energy. They are light and easily digestible. You can purchase them in health food stores. Sprinkle them on yogurt, salads, cereals and mix into a smoothie. At only 66 calories for 2 tablespoons, chia seeds are a great way to get your omega-3 and fiber!

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Spring Tonic

A tonic is In the most basic sense simply something that tones. The word itself comes from ‘tonify’ defined by Merriam-Webster as “to give tone to”.  Growing up on a small Island off the coast of Maine tonics or folk medicine was just a part of everyday life. In the spring my family would make dandelion wine as a safe and healthy tonic to tonify and strengthen after the long winter. When making a tonic the herbs are steeped in alcohol extracting the nutrients from the plant and creating a drink that is rich and healthy. The alcohol preserves the extracted nutrients and assists the body in rapidly digesting the tonic. Dandelions make an excellent tonic for supporting health.

Folk medicine has always claimed the dandelion plant to be a powerful healer. It has been used to purify the blood, settle digestion and prevent piles and gall stones, among other maladies.  But facts speak for themselves; the greens of the dandelion are a great source of the recommended daily value of vitamin K, which may be the most important source of any other plant-based food to strengthen bones. It may also play a role in fighting Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neuron damage in the brain.

Dandelion greens give the body 112 percent of the daily minimum requirement of vitamin A as an antioxidant carotenoid, which is particularly good for the skin, mucus membranes and vision. A flavonoid called zeaxanthin protects the retina from UV rays, while others, primarily carotene, lutein, and cryptoxanthin, protect the body from lung and mouth cancers.

Dandelion greens are high in fiber, which helps your body shed waste. These greens also contain vitamins C and B6, thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, iron (crucial for generating red blood cells), potassium (to help regulate heart rate and blood pressure), and manganese. Other nutrients present in dandelion greens include folate, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper.

So… visit your local health food store. Ask for dandelion tincture (this is the closest you will get to a tonic) or buy fresh dandelion greens, steam and sauté them, and then enjoy the best tonic of all a healthy green dose of vitamins and minerals!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Let’s burn a few extra calories!

Hugging for one hour can burn 70 Calories.

You burn more calories than you consume when you eat celery.

A one minute kiss can burn between 2 and 4 Calories, depending on how intimate it is.

Laughing for 10 minutes can make you burn between 20 and 40 Calories.

So have some celery while you hug, kiss between chews and have a good old belly laugh and you will burn quite a few extra calories!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Want to keep your resolutions? Make them Habits!

Habits persist even when we don’t have the energy to exercise motivation and self-control. So if we can set up new habits we might be better at achieving our goals. Research shows that people tend to default to a habit when stressed. So the conclusion is to create healthy habits as our default mechanism. It takes about two months to establish a new habit.  To do this we need to establish easy repeatable routines.  Let’s give it a try.

Routine number one; try physical literacy. Find an exercise class that fits into your schedule and that you enjoy. Studies show that when we enjoy something we tend to repeat it over and over. You become literate in terms of physical vitality and adaptability.  It becomes a habit. So when stress hits we default to exercise.

How about resolving to be good to you?
Make it a habit to eat one healthy meal a day.  Every day I eat yogurt and fruit topped with hemp seeds. This habit gives me a full range of important nutrients. No matter what else I eat throughout the day I’ve given myself good health in this one meal. Who knows this habit might lead to three healthy meals? These changes soon become “good” habits.

What about your goals? Just remember everything in life must give to receive. Sacrifice is the law of life. A candle burns and melts away to give us light. A tree grows to give shade, fruit and flowers. To achieve your goals make it a habit to focus on what you can give as opposed to what you will get. Soon the habit of giving will be rewarded with achievement.

So instead of resolving to change something just create “good” habits!  What will be your New Year’s habits?

When making your resolutions remember, your dreams, your life and, your happiness must be fed or they will die.  So contemplate, choose wisely and feed your life with happiness, prosperity, health and peace. Resolve to make these your New Year’s habits.

Happy New Year!
Doctor Lynn

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Want strong Bones? Just say Cheers!

Stronger bones – lift a glass of beer and say cheers! Beer contains silicon and diets rich in silicon are associated with an increase in bone mineral density. A study out of Cambridge England has concluded that silicon may act with the hormone estrogen to build stronger bones. Brews derived from barley malt contain more silicon that those that are wheat based. Opt for the pale ales or the IPAs which are richer in silicon. But remember one beer a day. Excess alcohol cancels out the benefits.

Don’t drink beer? Red wine, raisins, whole-grain bread, bran cereal, brown rice, green beans and mineral water are some of the more common sources of silicon.

Thursday, September 01, 2016


Inflammation; when the immune system is working as it should be, inflammation plays an essential role in the body’s defenses. It acts as a barrier against foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria. However, when inflammation persists even without external threats it can do serious damage to the heart, joints and overall health.

Swelling, aching joints, arthritis, hay fever, heart disease, depression, diabetes and even crow’s feet have one common denominator; inflammation!

However, we can with a healthy diet and exercise, reduce many of the problems associated with inflammation. For example, certain foods such as berries are an excellent choice when it comes to lowering inflammation. That is because the antioxidants in berries work to reduce the free radicals that are a factor when it comes to inflammation. 

Damage from free radicals causes inflammation; chronic inflammation goes on to produce lots of free radicals, which in turn create more inflammation. This is a vicious cycle which can damage many systems in the body. The thyroid, heart and pancreas, can be negatively affected by the formation of free radicals. So adding foods, such as berries, which contain antioxidants, helps to fight the negative effects of free radicals.

However, more important than simply eating one food to combat inflammation, we should focus on an overall healthy diet. Fortunately there are many foods that are anti-inflammatory. The basic guideline is to eat a plant based diet, lean proteins, salmon and healthy fats such as olive oil. Here are some tips for fighting inflammation:

Eat your colors – eat foods that are rich in greens, blues and reds such as blue berries, spinach, and strawberries. Why? Antioxidants support joint health.

Eat legumes such as soybeans and lentils. Why? A rich source of fiber and a great source of phytonutrients.

Include omega-3 fatty acid by eating wild salmon and cod, as well as, flaxseed and walnuts. Why? Omega-3 fatty acid supports joint fluidity and movement.

Spice up dishes with black pepper, garlic, ginger and turmeric. Why? Spices warm the body and thereby improve circulation. Think about the warming power of black pepper.

Drink green tea instead of sweetened beverages. Why? It improves circulation and improved circulation reduces inflammation.

And if you drink alcohol remember that a glass of red wine is the best choice. Red wine has anti-inflammatory properties and it goes great with a piece of dark rich antioxidant chocolate!  Why? Great way to fight inflammation!

Reduce stress, smile☺, be happy and of course exercise! Why? It’s the best exercise of all!

Inflammation is at the root of many chronic diseases such as arthritis. Try to make healthy choices when it comes to eating because it is so true that- you are what you eat!

Thursday, August 04, 2016


ETK or excessive thoracic kyphosis is an excessive curvature of the spine.  It is cause by skeletal issues, environmental factors, exercise/activity choices and psychological issues. Muscular imbalance anywhere in the body can contribute to ETK. Excessive bike riding, driving, playing computer games or any activity where we have a tendency to sit hunched over will add to ETK. Here are a few exercises that will help will ETK.

Using a stability ball do a few backbends supported by the stability ball. Keep your abdominal muscles engaged as you push back and as you pull forward. Drop back take a breath and then return to an upright potion. Do this three times.

Easy breathing exercise that will also help with ETK – breathing from the diaphragm can also help to decrease stress and mobilize the spine. Lie on your back with your knees bent. Place your hands just below the rib cage where you’ll find your diaphragm. Try to keep the shoulders onto the floor. Breathe in and out through your nose. Focus on the expanding and contracting of the lower rib cage. Hold the breath for a few seconds and then slowly release. Do 10-15 breaths every day.

Posture is essential to both looking younger and strengthening the shoulders and upper back. Stand with your feet slightly apart. Pull your abdominal muscles in and lift your chest. Lift your chin up looking straight ahead with your arms at your side palms out. Now close your eyes and stand still for about 10 seconds. This will strengthen your spine, improve posture, improve balance and help to combat ETK. 

Or you can do as my mother made me do – walk around with a book on your head and don’ let it fall off! You must stand tall, tuck in your abdominal muscles and roll back your shoulders to accomplish this…

Nothing ages a person like poor posture and a hunched back. Practice Standing Mountain and other yoga poses to improve posture and to keep you young and flexible! Yoga and dance will also improve posture.

Friday, July 01, 2016

A Summer Tonic

What’s a tonic? Tonics are used in many parts of the world as a restorative drink. Here is a tonic that will restore your energy.

One of my favorite summer fruits is watermelon. The water content in watermelon is extremely high at 92%. It is rich in beta-carotene, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin B5 and smaller amounts of B1, B2, B3 and B6.

This big fruit is a rich source of essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and smaller amounts of copper, iron and zinc.

As in tomatoes, watermelon is loaded with lycopene, the red carotenoid pigment that gives it the red color. This important anti-oxidant is powerful in neutralizing harmful free radicals in our body. Because it is so rich in minerals and vitamins, as well as, being mostly water, it is a great way to both nourish and detox the body at the same time.

watermelon tonicWatermelon Tonic
- a refreshing way to stay hydrated and energized through the hot summer months.

Cut into bite size cubes a well rounded cup of fresh watermelon. You can also freeze watermelon into cup size servings to pull out of the freezer, partly thaw and use. One full cup equals one serving.

For each serving toss in a blender with a teaspoon of chopped mint leaf and two clove buds.

Blend, pour and drink!

Watermelon is hydrating and packed full of essential minerals. Both mint and clove buds contain volatile oils that release into the tonic when we blend the mix. Mint’s volatile oil acts as an antidote to fatigue and clove bud’s volatile oil is good for circulation and building energy.  Only 46 calories a serving!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Pear down and lose belly Fat!

June Gloom is a phrase we use here in Southern California to describe the foggy mornings that penetrate the area usually in the month of June. Wikipedia actually list June Gloom as, “a Southern California term for weather patterns that result in cloudy and overcast skies with cool temperatures during the late spring and early summer.”

June is the beginning of summer with the days getting longer and the temperatures beginning to rise. Depending upon where you live the gloom we associate with June can take on a variety of meanings. If you live in the South it can be extremely hot and humid and if you live in the North it can be rainy and unseasonably cool. But it also brings the colors of summer, vacations, picnics, parties and a reminder that just beyond the gloom is always the bright warm sun. Here is a song about June Gloom from the Ditty Bops to lift the gloom of June.

The Ditty Bops TV Show #03: “June Gloom”

Friday, May 20, 2016

Which vitamin can actually help you lose weight?

Vitamin D of course! The best source of vitamin D is from direct sunlight. But should you or shouldn’t you get direct sunlight?  We need Vitamin D; however vitamin D is not really a vitamin. In its active form it is considered a hormone. Our body makes it from direct sunlight. Its primary function is to help the body absorb calcium and phosphorous which the body needs to build and maintain strong bones. Vitamin D has also been shown to possess anti-cancer properties, as well as affect our biorhythms, moods and behavior. Spend a few days in a cloudy environment and watch how your mood changes. Sunlight seems to lift the spirit as it strengthens the body and boost our moods.

Human beings evolved under natural sunlight, which means that we require a certain amount of natural light to keep us healthy. The problem is that we all use sunscreen to protect us from the sun’s unhealthy rays, blocking out the vitamin D. In addition if we do get our fifteen minutes of natural sunlight it is usually in the morning or afternoon and at this time the sun’s rays are not powerful enough to produce enough vitamin D. So in addition to getting sunlight we need to add vitamin D to our diet. 

How does D help us to maintain and even lose weight? Well vitamin D can’t do it alone. You need to eat a healthy diet and exercise, but if you also add foods rich in D to your diet you might get an extra boost. Here’s how it works; vitamin D helps receptors in your brain keep hunger and cravings in check, as well as boost levels of the mood elevating chemical serotonin. Vitamin D also helps the body to absorb calcium. When the body lacks calcium, it may experience up to a fivefold increase in the fatty acid synthase. This enzyme converts calories into fat. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, reported that obese women given 1,200 milligrams of calcium a day lost six times more weight than women who dieted alone. So by fueling your body with vitamin D you kick start the fat burning and could potentially lose more weight, as well as protect your body from harmful cancer cells and build strong bones. What foods should you eat? The richest source is fatty fish oils and salt water fish such as sea bass, halibut, swordfish, herring, tuna and cod. Salmon is also a good source of both calcium and D. Dairy products that have been fortified with D are a great source. For supplements try VIACTIV, a calcium plus D soft chew. I like the caramel.

Over dosing on anything is harmful. Up to 1000IU a day of vitamin D appears to be safe. VIACTIV gives you 500 IU in one chew. Add fish or dairy to your daily diet and a little bit of sunlight and you will have the right mix to keeping you healthy and fit.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Seven Foods that will add Six Years to your life and health to your heart

And the seven are… fruits, vegetables, garlic, fish, nuts, red wine and chocolate. A study published in the British medical Journal indicated that eating these seven foods every day, in the appropriate portions could reduce heart disease risk by as much as 75 percent and add an average of six years to your life. Remember the key is consistency (every day) and in the right amount (portion control). That’s balance!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Let’s burn a few extra calories!

Hugging for one hour can burn 70 Calories.
You burn more calories than you consume when you eat celery.
A one minute kiss can burn between 2 and 4 Calories, depending on how intimate it is.
Laughing for 10 minutes can make you lose between 20 and 40 Calories.
So have some celery while you hug, kiss between chews and have a good old belly laugh and you will burn a few extra calories!