Author: Leora Amir (page 1 of 3)


sitting too long

We sit in the driver’s seat, at our desk and on the couch at home. Americans spend more time seated than ever.

Researchers have shown sitting wreaks havoc on our bodies.

Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and inventor of the treadmill desk, said:

“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking
nd kills more people than HIV
and is more treacherous than parachuting.
We are sitting ourselves to death.”

Levine coined the mantra
“Sitting is the new smoking

Researchers have found evidence that prolonged sitting increases the risk of developing several serious illnesses:
Many forms of CANCER

It interferes with LPL. (LPL (lipoprotein lipase) is an enzyme that breaks down fat and uses it as energy. When it isn’t working well, the body stores the fat).

The effects of long-term sitting, like smoking, are not reversible through exercise or other good habits.

Sitting, like smoking, is bad for your health and the only way to minimize the risk is to limit the time you spend sitting.

When you sit for long periods of time, your body goes into “storage mode”.  We move 90% less than our ancestors did 100 years ago.



You can make your own standing desk.
(Checkout PINTEREST or Google “Do It Yourself” information)
You can purchase a standing desk.

There are ergonomic stand up work stations for sale.
These can easily adjust so you can alternate sitting or standing during the day.
I like the WORKFIT T model.

Ergotron - WorkFitT Model
*Another Solution: Exercise when you want to sit on the Couch.

If you are watching TV, exercise during your show.

TAKE BACK YOUR HEALTH into your own hands.

Don’t sit too many hours of the day.

Stand, walk and exercise whenever you can.

It is up to you to make it happen.

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To your health


Nightshade Vegetables

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What Are Nightshade Vegetables?

Tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and eggplant (as well as tobacco) all belong to the same botanical family, commonly known as the nightshades. The Latin name for this family of plants is Solanaceae, because all of them produce an alkaloid compound called solanine. Solanine is part of these plants’ natural defense system, acting as a nerve poison on insects that try to eat the plants.

Sweet potatoes are not in the nightshade family.

Is Solanine Toxic to Humans?

It is going to take a lot more solanine to cause problems for a human being than for a bug. And for most people, the amount of solanine you’d ingest by eating even large quantities of tomatoes and peppers isn’t enough to cause any problems.

Solanine is concentrated in the leaves and stems, and that’s one of the reasons we don’t eat those parts of the plants.

You may have heard that potatoes with sprouting eyes are poisonous. That’s because potatoes that have started to sprout or have developed a greenish tint to their skins are often higher in solanine.  It’s best not to eat them.

Do Nightshades Cause Joint Pain or Inflammation?

Because nightshades are only a problem for some people, it’s overkill to suggest that everyone should avoid them.

People with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions are advised to avoid all nightshade plants because they can cause inflammation.

This applies to people who have a sensitivity to solanine.  For these individuals, eating nightshade plants causes an inflammatory reaction—including joint pain.

If a person reacts to nightshade plants with an “inflammatory” response, they should be avoided.

Nightshade plants are high in antioxidants, which actually help reduce inflammation.  And chili peppers also contain capsaicin, a strongly anti-inflammatory compound.

How to Tell if You’re Sensitive to Nightshades

If you have joint pain or other inflammatory symptoms, and tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and/or eggplant are a regular part of your diet—try eliminating all nightshades from your diet for at least two to four weeks and see if you notice any difference in your symptoms.

If you are doing a food challenge test by eliminating these foods, be sure to eliminate the bi-products of the foods, as well.    For example, Ketchup is a tomato product and should be avoided during the food removal period of time.

If you see an improvement, you might be among those who are sensitive to solanine. For you, avoiding nightshades might help reduce joint pain or other symptoms of inflammation.

If you don’t notice a difference, chances are that nightshades are not a problem for you and you can feel free to enjoy these otherwise nutritious foods.

Please pass this information on to friends and family.

We want everyone to Take Back Their Health into their own hands.

To Your Health,


Mercury and Health

Are you exposed to mercury?

element - mercuryWHAT IS MERCURY?

Mercury is a metal that has been used in products such as light bulbs, batteries, paint, thermometers, vaccines, and in manufacturing.

Although useful, mercury is POISONOUS!  It can contaminate the environment, if not disposed of properly.


*Mercury is a natural material found in the Earth.   Some mercury vapors are given off during volcanic eruptions.

*Mercury is a by-product of coal-burning power plants.  Mercury is released into the air and falls back to the earth,

*Mercury is used by mining operations.

*Mercury is used during manufacturing of various products.

How Are People Exposed to Mercury?

1.  Breathe mercury fumes

2. Eat Food (ESPECIALLY FISH) or Drink Water that has been contaminated by mercury
How much tuna or swordfish do you eat?

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fish tuna





3.  Absorb mercury through your skin.

4.  Eat objects that contain mercury.
For example, small children may eat batteries containing mercury.

Button batteries




5.  The new spiral light bulbs contain mercury (READ THE DIRECTIONS ON THE BULBS)   spiral light

If one breaks, you will be exposed to mercury unless you wear a hazardous material suit!!

******I suggest NEVER using long lasting spiral light bulbs!!!! ******

6.  Dental Amalgams (mercury fillings)

7.  Skin Lightening products and other cosmetics

8.  Some Pharmaceuticals


Elemental and Methyl Mercury are toxic to the central and peripheral nervous system.

Effects can be seen on the nervous, digestive, and immune systems, lungs and kidneys, and may be fatal.

Neurological and behavioral disorders may be observed after inhalation, ingestion, or dermal exposure.

It is especially dangerous to children and developing babies.  Mercury is highly toxic and can cross the placenta and the blood-brain barrier.

Mercury is concentrated in the brain of the developing fetus.

Children exposed to mercury may be born with symptoms resembling cerebral palsy, spasticity, visual problems, convulsions, abnormal reflexes and other abnormalities.

The brain starts to die as a result of mercury poisoning.


1.  Filter your tap water with a system that removes mercury and lead.

Reverse Osmosis systems can be rented or purchased to remove dangerous substances from your water.

2.  AVOID spiral, long lasting light bulbs pigtailed lightbulb

3.   Eat Less fish and choose the right ones. Eating fish is a large cause of mercury poisoning.  See the chart below to know what kinds of fish to avoid.
Fish Chart                                                           Source:

4.  Only Take FISH OIL SUPPLEMENTS that are high quality and guarantee purity!!!

(I suggest USANA HEALTH SCIENCES BIOMEGA – See my website  for more information)

5.  Have all MERCURY fillings removed by a biologic dentist

Please be informed and make healthy decisions for you and your family.

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Reduce Holiday Stress: Tips for Staying Happy & Healthy

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The first wealth is health.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time of celebration and positive emotions such as happiness, gratitude, and high spirits. However, for those who lack time, money, or become caught up in the excesses of the season, this time of year may be quite stressful.

Sanoviv Medical Institute offers the following tips for staying happy and healthy this holiday season:

1. Be grateful.  holiday gratitude

Start each day thinking about those things for which you are grateful. Acknowledge the blessings in your life, even if you are experiencing difficult times.

2. Breathe your way through stressful situations.

Try this 1-minute breathing exercise daily to help you slow down, boost energy, and oxygenate your blood:

exercising during the holidays

  • Inhale to a count of two; exhale to a count of two,
  • Inhale to a count of two; exhale to a count of three,
  • Inhale to a count of two; exhale to a count of four,
  • Inhale to a count of two; exhale to count of five and repeat this breathing sequence a few more times before returning to normal breathing.

3. Make time for exercise.

Even if you do not have time for your regular exercise routine, a short 10-15 minute walk in nature each morning can help quiet your mind, improve blood circulation, and start the day with clarity and focus.

4. Start holiday shopping early and stick to a budget.totally lost it

Instead of buying a gift for each person in the family, consider drawing names, with each person listing a few desired items within a specific price range. This can simplify giving by providing a gift that is truly wanted and keeps you within your budget.

5. Consider healthy food items for small gifts.

Jars wrapped for gifts of nuts and mustard.Show that you are health conscious by giving a food item with a note about why it is healthy. Wrap the item with decorative paper, bows, and food tins. These are great gifts to have handy, especially when you need to give an “unexpected” gift. You may have to do some research, but that shows your commitment to health. Here are a few ideas:

  • Organic dark chocolate bar with a note about the benefits of chocolate
    •Homemade fruit preserves loaded with antioxidants
    •Homemade dehydrated apple chips with cinnamon as a healthy snack
    •Organic coffee beans with a note about coffee’s nutritional benefits

6. Practice the power of saying “no.”stress on a ball

Participate in activities or events that you enjoy and decline others. The word no is extremely liberating. While you may be tempted to say yes to every invitation you will enjoy the events more if you choose the ones that are closest to your heart.

7. Eat well.

Nutritious eating is a powerful way to ensure your body’s ability to handle stress. Enjoy some holiday treats, but be sure to eat plenty of whole foods each day. Strive for high quality ingredients in your traditional recipes. Plan a liquid only day with plenty of fresh vegetable juices after a major food event to balance overall intake.

8. Limit alcohol intake.

healthy happy holidaysModerate amounts of alcohol may temporarily relieve stress and increase enjoyment, but research shows that alcohol can prolong stress-related tension. Alcohol consumption can also trigger overeating.

Accept that some interpersonal conflict is normal, but instead of stressing over the small things, practice forgiveness and let go of resentment. Cultivate positive holiday spirit through gratitude and strive for to move in happiness and health.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to Everyone!!!!!

Thanks for joining me in 2015.

Please pass on the information to friends and family.

See you next year.

To your health,




Misc Candles

This is the time of year when people start burning candles, with the scent of apple pie, pumpkin spice, pine trees, cinnamon stick, and peppermint to name a few.unplugged air freshener

Incense sticksPeople also love to put Air Fresheners in their homes and in public places.

These include aerosols, plug-ins, gels, and incense sticks.

 THE TRUTH: these items are actually making us sick!!!!!!

 Put these items on your danger list!!!!

What you are buying is a mixture of CHEMICAL compounds that create the smells you enjoy.

We may be tricked by the artificial smells, but our cells are not.

Researchers discovered these items can cause tumors, lung damage and asthma.

These chemicals can actually transform the structure of out DNA.

95% of chemicals used to make fragrances are synthetic according to the National Academy of Science.

The synthetic compounds are derived from petroleum, including known toxins capable of causing:

  • Cancer
  • Birth Defects
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Allergic Reactions.


These chemicals can penetrate the womb and cause birth defects.

The chemicals can get trapped in your lungs, starting a dangerous inflammatory reaction.  

Some types of incense like frankincense, agarwood and sandalwood are more toxic to our DNA than tobacco smoke.

Air fresheners have been linked to lifelong health issues like asthma and they interfere with hormones. Many contain formaldehyde which can cause nose and throat cancer.


Simple evaporation will enable the candle to pollute your home.
circle of votive candles
Once lit, scented candles increase your risk of respiratory issues and cancer.

Perfumes and fragrances in the air enter our lungs and that which touch the skin enter our blood.

IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT you don’t know exactly to what you are exposing yourself.

We are told by the fragrance industry that the chemicals have not been proven toxic. NOT TRUE…

Eliminate unnecessary chemicals.
GET UNSCENTED products or natural scents


REMEMBER that these chemicals can enter the body through the nose by inhalation, the mouth by ingestion or the skin by absorption.

Exposure to fragrances damages organs, lungs, and the brain. Fragrances are among the most common allergens.

The Institute of Medicine placed fragrance in the same category as SECOND HAND SMOKE in triggering asthma in adults and children.

decorative display candles


NOW YOU DO!!!!mirror with candle smoke


Please remove all scented candles and air fresheners.

You can buy unscented candles made from bee’s wax and enjoy the candlelit dinner without poisoning yourself and your family.

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To Your Health,




Many of my clients ask me how to stay on track with their good eating, exercising, sleeping and water consumption.

Here is a short list that may help you:

1. Fit in a longer workout. The best part of the weekend is that you have more free time. Use it to your advantage!

2. Eat like it’s a weekday. When you think about it, it doesn’t really make much sense to eat differently on the weekend than you do during the week—especially if your food choices during the week keep you fueled and energized. It can be easy to skip meals on the weekend and then make up for it later by overindulging at dinner. So, make a point to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner while sitting down, no matter what!!!!  Also, follow a schedule just like you would during the week. Your body will thank you!

3. Stick to your usual sleep schedule.  Are you someone who has a firm bedtime during the week only to stay up late and sleep in on the weekends? Changing your sleep patterns could throw off your sleep and eating schedules. Good, restorative sleep requires sticking to a schedule of when you go to sleep and when you get up each day.  It is hard to eat breakfast when you get up at noon! Just think of all those times you stayed up later than usual, got hungry and ended up eating something unhealthy! Changing your sleep schedule can also make it harder to fall asleep on Sunday night which could set you up for a tired Monday.

4. Fuel yourself for weekday success.  Ask yourself honestly if you overdid your weekly workouts or restricted your food or calories too much during the week. If so, come Friday, your body may be hungry and tired, which can lead to overeating and under exercising on the weekend. Remember every day, to be eating and exercising in a way that you can sustain for the long haul—not just a few days or weeks.

5. Limit your drinks. While many of us forgo the soda, beer and wine during the week, we loosen up over the weekend. Just remember that the calories in beverages can add up quickly if you’re not careful. Just because you were “good” during the week doesn’t mean that it’s OK to make up for that with weekend drinking.

6. Plan for relaxation. Most of us are busy during the week and even our weekends seem to become non-stop errands, chores, work and travel. So how do you find time to relax? Schedule some downtime for at least an hour or two. Whether it’s practicing your favorite hobby, seeing a movie with friends or even meditating quietly.  Do something every weekend that recharges you. You’ll not only feel better, but also beat stress which helps with weight loss.

7. Break the on-again, off-again diet mentality. If you have a history in yo-yo dieting, make sure that you’re not alternating between being “good” and “bad” throughout the course of a week. View the weekend as time for you—not a time to rebel or “cheat” on your diet and exercise plan. Remember that being at a healthy weight is about sustainable healthy lifestyle changes, not just a diet and exercise plan that you can maintain Monday through Friday. Revisit your goals and recommit to making healthy and realistic choices every day that set you up for success in the long term.

8. Weigh in Monday morning. If you need extra help being accountable over the weekend, schedule your weekly weigh-in for Monday morning. Knowing that you’ll step on the scale at the start of the week can help you to stay accountable and be more aware of your weekend choices.

9. Plan for the week ahead. What better way to stay healthy on the weekend than by using your extra time to continue to set yourself up for success? Take a Sunday afternoon or evening to hit the grocery store, and do some planning for the week ahead.  Cook food, cut of vegetables and make it easy to eat well all week. That way, when your busy week gets even busier, you’ll already be ahead of the curve and able to stay on track! Don’t forget about laundering your workout clothes, packing your gym bag, and getting prepared for workouts, too.

10. ENJOY YOURSELF. Remember, even WITH all the tips above – you are HUMAN and you should be enjoying indulgences every now and then (about 10-15% of the time). Okay, maybe even 20%

Live by the 80-20 rule.  80% of the time you follow the healthy lifestyle and 20% of the time you allow small departures from your plan.


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To Your Health,



We have all been told “fat makes you fat”.

Nutrition Science now understands that dietary fat doesn’t necessarily make you fat. Good fats in the right amounts are vital to a healthy body.

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Sugar is highly addictive (8 times more addictive than cocaine) and hides in places you wouldn’t expect.

READ ALL LABELS and look for sugar.

15 Examples of hidden sugar:


*Canned and Jarred Tomato Sauce

*Ketchup, Barbecue Sauces, Salt and other Condiments

*Granola Bars

*Bread, including Whole Wheat

**Gluten-Free Snacks


*Canned Soup

*Salad Dressing

*Snack Bars

*Sweetened Yogurt

*Frozen Entrees

*Take Out Food

*Energy Drinks

Foods do not have to be sweet to contain sugar.

You will be surprised to find sugar in more foods than you dreamed possible.

Stay healthy and avoid sugar!!!

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To your health,


Shoes in the House



 Shoe pile 1

I love shoes!!!

When I took my family to Toronto, Canada, we went to the Bata shoe museum. It was so interesting to learn the evolution of the shoe.
The shoe is a great window into the history of modern civilization.
Shoes tell a story about the person wearing them and the time during which the shoe was designed and made.
There is something else shoes can tell us:


Without realizing it, as we walk around, we walk in car oil, pesticides, animal waste, cleaners, other toxins and bacteria before walking into our homes.

For example:

Most public restrooms floors contain about 2 million bacteria per square inch.

A recent study from University of Houston found that 39% of shoe sole samples were contaminated with the bacteria C. diff (Clostridium difficile), a public health threat that is now resistant to a number of antibiotics.

C diff infections can cause severe diarrhea Shoes at door 1that may progress to colon inflammation and more serious health issues.

Shoes are contaminated from diverse sources and we are regularly contaminating our doorsteps by shoes,” says study author M. Jahangir Alam, Ph. D.

If you have pets or children or you like to exercise on your floor, remember that you walked on that floor with your shoes.

Many cultures around the world request that people leave their shoes at the door to keep harmful GERMS out, and show respect for the home.

At my home there is a pile of shoes at the door.

I haven’t allowed anyone to wear shoes in my home since 1974. People often balk at the house rule. Now, I have the facts to back up my policy!!!!


pile of shoes 2

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To your health,


To maintain a normal weight and to be healthy, we all need to eat Low Glycemic food. low_glycemic_fruits-150x150

Do you know what that means?


It is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale of 0-100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating.

Foods with a high GI are those which are rapidly digested and absorbed, and quickly elevate the blood sugar and insulin levels.

Low GI foods are digested and absorbed slowly producing a gradual rise in blood sugar and insulin levels.

The number is based on how much a food item raises blood glucose levels compared to how much pure glucose raises it.

Pure glucose has a GI of 100.

Carbohydrates (carbs) are a type of nutrient in foods. The three basic forms are sugars, starches, and fiber.

When you eat or drink something with carbs, your body breaks down the sugars and starches into a type of sugar called glucose.

Fiber just passes through the body.

Different carbs are digested at different rates and the glucose enters the bloodstream at different rates.

The GI of foods is ranked low, medium, or high.

LOW GI               MEDIUM GI           HIGH GI
0-55                       56-69                       70 or greater

Choose foods with a lower GI to maintain healthy levels of blood sugar and insulin.

These are called SLOW CARBS!!!! mixed low gly veggies

(FAST CARBS are quickly converted to glucose in blood)

NOTE: The quantity of a food impacts its GI

UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, Australia maintains the international Glycemic Index. Please see:   GLYCEMICINDEX.COM

Examples of Low GI foods:

  • Nuts
  • Avocados
    clean 15 avocadoes
  •  Olives low gly Olives
  • Seeds

*  Most Vegetables such as

Asparagusclean 15 asparagus

Broccoli    broccoli low glyc

Green beans           Dirty Dozen snap peas imported



Spinach   Dirty dozen spinach

  • Berries
    low GL mixed berries
  • Lean Meats (Turkey, Chicken)

Roasted Turkey   Chicken

  • Beans (Black, Navy, White, Etc.)
  • EggsLow GL eggs
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp
  • Cod
  • TunaTuna Fish filet
  • More fish
  • Plain yogurt


Learn what foods are Low Glycemic and enjoy a fabulous eating plan for life.

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Hot Sun 3

Last week I was enjoying some summer fun with my friend who came to see me on Cape Cod, MA. We had a great time. It wasn’t until the next morning she realized that she was sunburned. She woke up to her stinging, red skin.

The best defenses against sunburn are:

1. Covering up your body with long pants, shirts, hats, socks and shoes

2. Wearing Sunblock on exposed areas

3. Taking high quality Antioxidants

No matter how sun-experienced you are, burns can still happen.

The following Remedies are for the average sunburn from an accidental overexposure to UV Rays.

*If you have 3rd degree burns or are blistering, I suggest you seek medical attention.


1. Clean Soft Wash Cloth or Cotton Balls
2. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
3. Aloe Vera Gel or Coconut Oil (if you cannot get Aloe)
4. Lots of pure water to drink
5. Antioxidant Supplements

Sunburn Remedy:
Instant Relief and Overnight Healing

photo - for sunburn products piece Apple Cidar Vinegar & Coconut Oil

photo - aloe - sunburn products piece Aloe Vera

Heal your sunburn in just 2 steps:

1. Wet the washcloth or cotton balls with cold water.

  • Wring out the cloth or cotton balls .
  • Soak in Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • Dab the wet cloth or cotton balls onto your sunburn, soaking the skin.
  • You should notice instant relief from any stinging!
  • It feels very good on sunburn.
  • Reapply as many times as it takes for the pain to go away.
  • After a few minutes, your skin should be dry.

2. Liberally rub on some Aloe Vera Gel or coconut oil to the sunburned area.

  • If I have an aloe plant, I cut open the leaf and use the gel inside.
  • You can also buy Aloe Gel.
  • *If you do not have Aloe, you can buy coconut oil

By the next day, your skin should be significantly healed. I recommend continuing with the aloe or coconut oil for several days to promote healing and to help ease the skin peeling that is usually inevitable after a burn.

Exfoliate and lubricate (with more coconut oil)

This worked like a charm for my friend’s most recent sunburn. She felt immediate relief from the stinging, and literally, the next day her skin wasn’t red anymore. It may have been the slightest bit pink, but the pain never came back, and her skin did not peel.

She dabbed on another round of the apple cider vinegar, let it dry, and then followed with more aloe/coconut oil. The following day there was No PAIN, and her skin recovered beautifully.

SUNBURN is very traumatic to your body.


Also, the oxidative stress from the sun does damage to the body.

Take High Quality Antioxidants!!!

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I hope you never get a sunburn, but if you do, try this.
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To your health,



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