natural health

All posts tagged natural health

My Guest Slot on “Health & Wellness”

Published June 26, 2018 by Maryanne

DSCF2377

Above, left to right, Dennis Lords, Ryche Chlanda, Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta and Maryann Castello.

Last week I was honored to be a guest on Maryann Castello’s “Health & Wellness” show. Maryann was an awesome host. We spoke about my career, my three books (and upcoming book), music, health, and so much more! You might even hear your name mentioned!

The show was 1.5 hours long, but it went fast. Enjoy the You Tube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS3w8p-4nIk&feature=youtu.be

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker. Contact her at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com 

Dream On! Trends in Sleep and Relaxation Supplements

Published November 1, 2016 by Maryanne

dream-onMe, Relaxing, Summer 2015, Bethel, N.Y.

My article “Dream On! Trends in Sleep and Relaxation Supplements” appeared in Vitamin Retailer Magazine. Check it out: http://vitaminretailer.com/dream-on/

And here is the “Extra Extra” sidebar, “Solutions for Insomnia” http://vitaminretailer.com/solutions-for-insomnia/

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta gives lectures on health in various libraries. To contact Maryanne go to: maryannechristiano@gmail.com 

Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez is Dead. And it’s Business As Usual for Cancer

Published August 26, 2015 by Maryanne

Dr. GonzalezDr. Gonzalez with patient, Suzanne Sommers

Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez was a visionary; a holistic cancer treatment pioneer. He treated cancer patients, including actress Suzanne Sommers, with pancreatic enzymes and natural compounds. According to his website (http://www.dr-gonzalez.com/index.htm),  in addition to  cancer, his individualized nutritional regimens also helped Lyme, allergies, autoimmune disorders and chronic fatigue. And he had over 30 years research and clinical experience.

On July 21, 2015, Gonzalez died an untimely death. It was in his home and sudden. Until then he had been in excellent health. And while further tests may determine the cause of his death, autopsy reports do not support the original belief that he may have died of a heart attack.

Dr. Gonzalez was just one of 10 alternative holistic doctors found dead at home this summer.

In a recent article by Rajie Kabli for Collective Evolution because of the doctor’s cutting edge work, he told Vitality Magazine, “I’ve been told drug companies know about my work but hope I get hit by a bus.”

Was it coincidence that he was found dead not too long after this statement — or foul play? I remember reading on his patient Suzanne Sommers’ Face Book page that his death was in question.

Now … please hear my voice. I am just the voice of a mere journalist who had a great passion for health. But putting two and two together makes me believe foul play also.

Back in 2010 I had a health column, which appeared in an online local publication. My column was called “Here’s to Your Health.” I had some of the most inspiring interviews: my niece, who struggled with juvenile diabetes; Scott Schiaffo, actor from Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” who struggled with heart disease; two men who suffered from male anorexia; and supermodel Oleda Baker.

All was fine and good. My editor said that I was the best writer on staff and he wished he had at least three more with my talent. He even gave me a pay raise, which is very unusual for local news online publications.

Then I interviewed Dr. Nicolas Gonzalez and the shit hit the fan.

After I submitted my article, I got an email from my editor. He went ballistic. No, it wasn’t my grammar. It wasn’t a poorly written article. There was nothing wrong with my article and the editor gave no other explanation of why he wouldn’t print it other than, “I want to go back to a local angle.” He wanted me to write about local health food stores and local health restaurants. But the town I was representing for the online local newspaper had neither!

When I brought this to the attention of the editor, he sent me the most angry email I’ve ever received in my life. He said he was going to ban my health column indefinitely.

With that I took the high road and told him I would no longer be writing for his publication and that he dare not use my column tag, “Here’s to Your Health,” as I had it copy written (and still use it today for my lectures on holistic health).

Even though I stood up for myself, I felt defeated and embarrassed. In my undeserved shame I immediately deleted the negative email threads, along with the interview with the late, great, Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez. My amazing interview was gone, but I will always remember how highly Dr. Gonzalez spoke of his patient Suzanne Sommers. She was the main focus of the article. He couldn’t say enough good about her.

I shared what happened with a good friend who is very much into nutrition — so much so that Gary Null was his nutritionist. His comment, right off the bat, was that the media does not want to hear about a cure for cancer.

That also reminded me of what Lydia Lunch had said in one of her spoken word performances: “CANCER IS BIG BUSINESS.”

At the time, almost six years ago already, I pushed those thoughts to the side. I chalked my experience up to the editor having a bad day and taking it out on me. Because, being naive, I thought,  How could it be possible that people wouldn’t want to hear good news — that cancer is just as reversible as type 2 diabetes? Why was my article with an innovative doctor such a no-no? 

Now, six years later, and six years more cynical, it all makes sense. The cancer factory makes far too much money for any holistic health care practitioner to present a cure to the general public. My editor knew not to bring such a story to a small town media engine. He didn’t want to take a chance and pay the “price.” Who knows, perhaps he would have gotten fired. Instead of reasoning and telling the truth, he decided instead to belittle me and rip me a new asshole. And at the time I fell for it.

Now that more truths are coming out, I beg to question as many others do: Is there a pharmaceutical mafia?

Yes, I believe so.

In the 2013 book by Peter Gotzsche,”Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare,” Gotzche is fair enough to say that some do benefit from drugs, but the failure of the system as a whole.

It’s absolutely criminal that the war against curing cancer is almost as tough as the fight against cancer itself. An innovative pioneer is dead, and it’s business as usual for cancer.

For more information, just published today: http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/the-cancer-industry-is-too-prosperous-to-allow-a-cure/

 Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an award-winning journalist, author and public speaker. To have her speak at your event, contact her at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com for pricing and availability. She will travel for the right price.

Lose Weight Naturally With Iaso Tea

Published August 1, 2015 by Maryanne

iaso teaIaso Tea

I just finished a five-day tea cleanse with Iaso Tea (http://5in5healthchallenge.com/). If you order the tea, there is a free gift!

The cleanse was very easy. You could just eat as you usually do drink eight ounces with lunch and dinner. The tea is delicious, reminding me a bit of a green tea. I had no side effects (though some who are not as healthy as I am might have diarrhea). After five days I lost 2.5 pounds. But the real good news is, I’ve been sleeping a lot better. The tea is naturally relaxing and I feel really great all day!

The are 100 percent organic and are a special blend of safe, natural, edible herbs: Holy Thistle, Persimmon leaves, Malva leaves, Marsh Mallow leaves, Blessed Thistle, Papaya, Ginger, Chamomile, and Myrrh. It is the special blend that allows the gentle cleansing of the whole body with continued use. All the enzymes that used to be in our food to give us colon health have been destroyed with modern processing of foods and pasteurization of dairy products. Now we can get back to enjoying perfect colon health!

Persimmon Leaves – Compounds in Persimmon Leaves have been shown to help remove excess fat from the body. The tannins and flavonoids in Persimmon Leaves are also believed to have anti-hypertensive, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-mutagenic properties. Persimmon Leaves have been used to help alleviate digestive problems and dermatitis, and also act as a natural antihistamine, which helps reduce allergic reactions.

Holy Thistle – Holy Thistle has been used medicinally for more than 2000 years. A flavonoid in the fruit, called Silymarin, is a powerful antioxidant that may also protect the cells of the liver by removing and blocking the entrance of harmful toxins. Holy Thistle is believed to have great power in the purification and circulation of the blood, and has been used to cure chronic headaches. It is also used for stomach and digestive problems, can strengthen the heart, and is good for the lungs and kidneys.

Malva Leaves – The Malva, or Chinese Mallow, plant has been used for centuries to soothe the membranes of the digestive system and treat a variety of conditions from stomach ache and gastroenteritis to irritable bowel syndrome. It can also soothe bronchial irritation in people with bronchitis or emphysema.

Marsh Mallow – Marsh Mallow was used by the ancient Greeks to remedy bruises and bleeding, and as a mild laxative. It was used in medieval Europe for indigestion and diarrhea. Rich in calcium, zinc, iron, sodium, iodine, B-complex vitamins, and pantothenic acid, Marsh Mallow soothes and supports the stomach, intestines, and respiratory tract. It is also believed to have mild anti-infective and immune-boosting properties.

Blessed Thistle – Blessed Thistle has been used in traditional medicine as far back as the early 16th century to improve memory, aid digestion, and treat a wide variety of other diseases and disorders. In herbal medicine, Blessed Thistle is used for cancer, infections, inflammation, gallbladder disease, jaundice, liver disorders, cervical dysplasia, heart ailments, skin ulcers, yeast infections, and diarrhea.

Papaya – Rich in antioxidants, B vitamins, magnesium, and fiber, Papaya promotes cardiovascular health and provides protection against colon cancer. Papaya may also help prevent such illnesses as recurrent ear infections, colds, and flu. Papaya also contains the digestive enzyme papain, which is used to treat sports injuries, other causes of trauma, and allergies.

Ginger – Chinese Medicine recommends ginger to treat a number of health problems, including inflammatory joint diseases such as arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, and body aches. Ginger may also ease sore throats, headaches, ulcerative colitis, and fevers and aches caused by colds and flu.

Chamomile – A natural anti-inflammatory, Chamomile can be used to treat digestive disturbances, gastrointestinal spasms, inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract, coughs and colds, fevers, and bronchitis. It’s mildly sedating and muscle-relaxing effects can also help those who suffer from insomnia fall asleep more easily.

Myrrh – Myrrh is used in many countries to treat a variety of mouth and throat irritations. It can be found in some mouthwashes and sore throat medicines, and has been approved in Germany for treating mouth inflammation

Young Living “Star”

Published April 6, 2015 by Maryanne

YL StarFrom Young Living Email

Today I received an email from Young Living Essential Oils, “Congratulations to our newest STAR.”

I’ve been a Young Living “Distributor” since November and absolutely love the oils. I’ve been sharing them with family and friends and a few hopped on board. Not only do I love their oils, but I love their lotions, hand soaps, toothpaste, soaps, etc. Now instead of getting all this stuff at Whole Foods each month, I buy directly from Young Living and get commission checks. How great is that? As an author I know what it’s like to make money while you sleep (people buy your books and then you get royalty checks), and Young Living is another business to add to my mix of “I love my life! I’m making a living doing things I believe in!”

I was thrilled to receive an email that my status went from “Distributor” to “Star” — pretty fast and effortlessly! The cool thing is, the oils just sell themselves because they are an amazing product.

Young Living Essential Oils are all natural, with no synthetics. So even with my allergy situation, I can use the oils without worry! They are not only healthy, but magical!

Some of the oils I use on a regular basis include:

Abundance  (self explanatory — and yes, it magically works!)

Thieves (for immune system)

Peace & Calming (to relax)

Believe (to sleep)

Valor (for circulation)

Wintergreen (for pain)

Peppermint (for headaches – I never get migraines anymore, thank you Young Living!)

Joy (self explanatory)

Frankincense (for spiritual experiences)

Lavender (for the occasional dry eye — just put a little above your brow and your eye feels better)

Citrus (it’s fabulous on sweet potatoes!)

And this is just a TIP of the iceberg … as there are hundreds of oils, and they are doing wonders on larger scales, helping children with autism, vets who suffer from trauma, and even our little pets (we just swipe Derick the Pussycat on his back with some Peace & Calming oil at night and he sleeps soundly!)

My husband loves the oils too and he’s always putting them in the diffuser. Our home always seems lovely — and exciting! He loves the Patchouli.

It takes many stars to fill a galaxy and we all help each other! So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my galaxy of ladies: Susan Pelechaty, Patricia A. Deck-Arce, Sharron Anderson, Rochelle Metroka and Bridget Briant. Also thanks to my husband, Dennis; and to my Mom and Sister for supporting and trying the Young Living Products.

Do you want to join my galaxy? Earn money while you sleep; experience good health naturally; and live magically! Email me at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com — I’ll get you on board on my team!

Why a Thin Person Chooses Weight Watchers: Here’s My Story

Published July 16, 2013 by Maryanne

Healthy Me!Me, last summer 2012, age 49

Two weeks ago I joined Weight Watchers.

I held off posting about it because I wanted to reach my goal weight and then say how awesome Weight Watchers is and how it helped me.

Why would I — a thin person — go to Weight Watchers? you may ask.

Okay, here’s the deal. I was always the thin person — or the person of a healthy weight (if you’re one of those types who only thinks a size 0 is thin, as I’ve fluctuated between size 3 and 6 most of my adult life). I never went on a diet. Never counted calories. Never worried. I became a vegetarian in my 20s and by my early 40s I was eating mostly raw foods and still am. I’ve always done a variety of exercise since I was a kid: yoga, light weights, dance (tap and jazz), kickboxing, etc. I always exercise regularly and actually embrace it. At 42 I was in a bikini and had a perfectly flat stomach. Even at 48 I was in a bikini with a flat stomach, without watching my weight.

So that was my life, September, 2011, me with a flat stomach, in a bikini. Two months later, I married the love of my life. Since we eloped we didn’t have a big party. It was absolutely beautiful, just us and the couple who stood up for us. We got married by the mayor of Neptune Township. It was one of those perfectly, unseasonal warm days in November. Beautiful clear skies, a light breeze. I was floating on the cloud of euphoria. We had a lovely lunch at a restaurant on the beach with our friends, had champagne, lots of laughs and just a hell of a good time.

Afterwards we called everyone to say, “Hey, we got married!”

Soon the cards of “congrats” came pouring in. And the offers from people to take us out to dinner. That winter, we were going out to dinner — A LOT! Within a few months, eight pounds crept up on me and at 123 pounds, I was the most I weighed in my life. But somehow the following summer, I lost a few pounds and stayed between 121 and 122.

Then winter came and the weight crept up again.  I slowly watched the scale numbers, 123, 124, and finally 125 — which is a lot for a person who is only 5’3″. Now here I am — with a belly, not being able to fit into my jeans, tossing beautiful dresses aside because they no longer fit and being completely frustrated.

People have said to me, “You don’t look 125,” “You’re not fat,” “You look great,” “People would love to look like you,” etc.

And my husband thinks I’m perfect. I also got compliments from my mom and uncle when I shared that I gained a good eight pounds.

I appreciate the nice comments from others, but the bottom line is, I feel uncomfortable — it’s ME! (And yeah, I admit, a girl friend or two that insinuated I should lose a few).

Now, if this is my destiny because of my age/hormones and I have to accept, hey I’m almost 50 and I have to learn to live with the extra weight — so be it. BUT, I need to know that if I CAN lose the weight, sensibly, why not give it a shot before going out and buying a bunch of new clothes. Makes sense, right?

So two weeks ago I was 125. Now I am 123 and would sensibly like to get back to 121 (that’s the weight I was in the above photo). Ideally, I’d like my 46-year-old bikini body back as the photo below, but I am being realistic, as 46 and 50 are two different things — maybe .. we shall see …

mary-anne-beachMe, summer 2008, age 46

Prior to starting Weight Watchers, I was talking to a client who was in the same boat as I was: ate healthy, exercised, but wasn’t able to lose. I said I wanted to join but my concern was that I didn’t want to be the thinnest person there and have people hating on me. Her husband misunderstood, and said, “What are you supposed to do, hide until you lose the weight?” He didn’t get my point. I guess I shouldn’t expect anyone to. Seems the majority of people are overweight and need to lose; or people are too obsessed with their weight that they feel they need to lose when they don’t; and then there are the few like me, that want to NIP IT IN THE BUD before it gets out of hand. The clothes feel tight, I need to do something, right?

So, I joined — mainly to get my clothes fitting again.

In two weeks I lost 2 pounds. I am now 123, two pounds from my “sensible” weight of 121 and five pounds from my “ideal” weight of 118 (like the picture above at age 46). NOTE: This is MY ideal, I’m not talking about competing with movie stars.

Mind you, just because I’m thin, it doesn’t mean losing weight easy (otherwise I wouldn’t have joined Weight Watchers!). It’s actually HARDER for a thin person to lose five pounds than it is for a fat person to lose 60, because those last few pounds are always the hardest. That is probably why I’ve been struggling before I joined Weight Watchers. I’d lose a few pounds, get excited and overeat. I was yo-yo dieting without realizing it!

But the good news is, now that is all under control. Weight Watchers, I feel is a GENIUS program because you count points, not calories. You are going by the merit of the food. It’s a science that’s worked for people for over 40 years and now it’s working for me too!

Weight Watchers is awesome because you’re not on a diet. You can eat everything you want. You can be a vegetarian, a meat eater, a sweet lover … whatever your thing is, this WILL work!

Weight Watchers assigns you a number of points, plus bonus points (that could be used for weddings, parties, etc.) Now for me, I’m not a cake, cookies or chocolate person, so that part is easy. The hard part, for me, is portion control. If my husband makes a box of pasta, I’ll help him eat  it until it’s all gone. If I’m at a restaurant and really enjoying my meal, I’ll eat the whole thing. I love to drink. I’ll down a few glasses of wine or a couple bottles of beer or a half bottle of unfiltered sake — my favorite. I am a foodie through and through. I love to eat. I like GOOD food. I eat when I’m happy. I eat when I’m sad. I eat when I’m stressed. I eat when I’m celebrating.

But in the past two weeks, making a conscious effort, tracking points, I’ve learned some things about myself, and why I was able to lose two pounds.

1. I drank more alcoholic beverages than I should have. With the point system, I now save four points on the nights I plan to have a cocktail (five points for a beer). I just have ONE.

2. I didn’t know portion control. Now I do. I now take home food from restaurants and make a second meal out of leftovers. I know that five slices of Tofurky is two points, so I don’t eat the whole package, I ration.

3. Organic chocolate bars are so not worth the points. I don’t miss them one bit! I’d rather have something more substantial like vegetarian cheese.

4. Some nights almond milk (1 point) and some fresh fruit is so much more rewarding than a glass of wine (4 points). Other nights those 4 points for the wine are definitely worth forfeiting something else.

5. Seaweed snacks, without sugar, are only a point! A delicious healthy treat that I love!

6. My beloved kombucha with chia seeds is two points for two servings. So I cut down to one every few days instead of two every day!

(See how easy?)

The meetings are a little harder. The first two were a breeze. But last night, my biggest nightmare happened. People, left and right, were questioning my being there, which SUCKED!

First, I am not “skinny.” I am thin or healthy, but my clothes are still tight! Don’t get on my case. We all have our own journey. My reason for being here is to nip my issue in the bud before it gets out of hand. I’m proud of myself for doing this and not just chalking weight gain to hormones or age. If that’s the end discovery, so be it, but I am losing, so I was doing something wrong. Get it?

This one girl said that everyone there was inspiring, “EXCEPT HER!” and pointed to me.

It hurt. So I said, “Okay, I’ll tell you about my struggle for the week. It’s been very hot and I’m an exercise failure this week. I blew off several of my workouts.”

And that’s just one of my struggles. Mind you too, I have a sick cat, I run my own business, I sometimes have back issues, I need some dental work in the near future, sometimes I fight with my perfect husband like any other normal couples … life is not always peaches and cream.

So ladies, please cut me a break. Just because I’m going to meetings NOW and didn’t wait until I was up to 140 pounds (which is officially overweight for a 5’3″ person!), I shouldn’t be nailed to the cross. I deserve to be there just like you do.

Luckily by the end of the meeting, I saw a girl I met when I was only a few days into it. She was happy to see me and asked how I was doing. I said that I lost two pounds. She was cool about it and not judgmental about me being thin. I asked her how she was doing and supported her efforts as well.

We all have our own journeys and this is good for me. Weight Watchers is not only helping me lose weight, but helping me drink less alcohol, learn portion control, and save money by not eating every healthy snack that’s in the house!

I think I’ll become a lifetime member!

Hooray for Yoga!

Published April 23, 2013 by Maryanne

Richard HittlemanRichard Hittleman, “Yoga for Health”

The first yoga show I watched as a kid in fourth grade!

Hooked ever since!

It’s amazing how stress can have such a negative outcome on your personality and your health.

After having a fantastic Friday, between the stress from the reporting job on Saturday and then the incident at assWhole Foods on Sunday — all the joyful fun stuff that DID happen over the weekend (church, the concert, quality time with my husband, record store gift) — I wasn’t able to fully enjoy because the stress settled in my back, neck, shoulders. I felt so weak, bitchy and not myself.

Yesterday was super busy and I drove in two hour traffic early in the morning with back pain. I had to cover a story in Paterson (this was a positive thing) and then manage my musicians, and then I ended up writing and editing until 8:30 p.m.! I worked so hard in spite of my pain.

Finally I ended my day with some yoga. It’s amazing, just some simple moves and I felt the tension release and the pain dissipate! WOW!

I was like, “Amazing, I feel really good again.” Yoga is part of my health routine, but every day I do a different type of exercise and I guess I kinda neglected my yoga for a couple days.

For the first time in two days I woke up without back pain! I’m so happy because while I love acupuncture and chiropractors, I was having a hard time finding a doctor whose schedule agreed with mine.

I do not like appointments right smack in the middle of the day! It upsets my flow. If I can’t go in the morning, I want to go in the night. I don’t want to be working on a story — then, oh, 2 o’clock, gotta stop and go to acupuncture. No … that ain’t cutting it! When I write, I don’t even stop to breathe sometimes!

So between who doesn’t have an early appointment, who doesn’t have evening hours, and who is closed on the day I’m least busy … YEAH, WHATEVER …

All I can say is hurray for arnica and yoga! Worked like magic and I saved money. I feel like a brand new person, all fresh and good to go.

Happy, healthy day to all!